Meacham to chair State Chamber’s E.D. Committee
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Published: 08-Nov-2010

State Chamber President Fred Morgan announced today (Monday, November 8) that Oklahoma Treasurer Scott Meacham, scheduled to leave office in January, will chair the organization’s Economic Development and Taxation Committee beginning later this month.

“There are very few people in the state who understand tax and economic development policy better than Treasurer Meacham,” said Morgan. “We are excited to have him as part of our committee structure and look forward to working with him to craft a policy agenda that will help grow Oklahoma’s economy and create jobs in our state.”

The committee is responsible for crafting The State Chamber’s legislative agenda for the 2011 legislative session as it pertains to tax and economic development policy. The issue-specific committees will meet to determine The State Chamber’s legislative agenda, which will be presented at its fall forum Dec. 8.

“The State Chamber serves as the leading voice for business at the state Capitol, and I look forward to working with them as we continue to champion pro-growth policies for our state,” said Meacham. “Given the current budget situation, we must work with our legislators and the business community to craft policy that helps our state grow economically now and over the long-term.”

Meacham first entered political life in 2003, when he was appointed by newly-elected Gov. Brad Henry to serve concurrently as his Secretary of Finance and Revenue and as his Director of the Oklahoma Office of State Finance.

In 2005, Henry appointed Meacham to the position of state treasurer, and he was elected to a full term at that post in 2006. During his tenure as a statewide elected official, Meacham also served as the governor’s top fiscal advisor.

While neither man was on the recent election ballot and both are leaving office, both Meacham and Gov. Henry were articulate critics of State Question 744, the controversial ballot measure advocated by the state’s largest labor union, the Oklahoma Education Association. The initiative, largely the work of the National Education Association, gained only 19% support on November 2.

Meacham is well-known among journalist and policy analysts at the state Capitol for his monthly briefings on state government revenue underlying fiscal conservatism, and candor about some Democratic policy ideas.

A fifth generation Oklahoman, Meacham was born and grew up in Chickasha.  Following graduation from high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma, earning a B.A. in finance, an M.B.A, and a law degree.

Prior to joining Henry’s administration, Meacham practiced law with the Clinton-based firm of Meacham and Meacham, specializing in commercial law, probate law, and estate planning. In 1989, he became CEO of First National Bank and Trust in Elk City, serving in that capacity until his appointment in 2003.

Late last year, Meacham announced he would not seek re-election and would return to the private sector. Upon leaving office at the end of the year, Meacham will become a director and shareholder in the Crowe and Dunlevy law firm in Oklahoma City, heading up their banking and financial institutions unit.

“We are excited to have Treasurer Meacham on board as a shareholder at our firm, and as a State Chamber member, are happy to see him have a prominent role in the Chamber’s future economic development and taxation agenda,” said Roger Stong, President of Crowe and Dunlevy.

Meacham, his wife, Susan, and their four children, Trevor, Evan, Kady and Lucas, live in Edmond. They attend Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City.

Representing more than 2,000 Oklahoma businesses and 400,000 employees, The State Chamber has been Oklahoma’s leading advocate for business since 1926. For more information, visit www.okstatechamber.com.

NOTE: Editor Patrick B. McGuigan contributed to this report. 

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