Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Glenn English

Congressman Glenn English - 1976

Congressman English, born in Cordell on Nov. 30, 1940, is completing his first tern in the United States House of Representatives.  Prior to his election two years ago, he worked in Cordell as a petroleum landsman, helping to promote the development of oil and gas properties.  From 1965 to 1971, English served in the Army Reserves, attaining the rank of staff-sergeant. 

He gained first-hand experience in the legislative process though staff works with the California State Assembly and the U.S. House.  English was executive director of the Oklahoma Democratic Party from 1969 to 1973. 

In Congress, he is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and its subcommittees on livestock and grains, conservation and credit of cotton; Government Operation Committee and its subcommittees on intergovernmental relations and human resources and transportation, and he is a member of the Congressional Rural Caucus. 

The congressman was only recently presented the Eighth Biennial Distinguished Service Award by the American for Constitutional Action, a nation-wide, non-partisan organization.  The award, bestowed upon members of Congress “in honor of their dedication to the Constitution of the United States,” was based on an analysis of 437 votes cast in the House.

English and his wife, Jan, have one son, John Lee, 3 ½, and an infant daughter, Tyler Janene, born Sept. 10.