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Gov. Henry names new energy secretary

Oklahoma City_Press Release_Gov. Brad Henry today accepted the resignation of Oklahoma Secretary of Energy David Fleischaker and immediately named Fleischaker's deputy to succeed him in the top energy post.  Robert "Bobby" Wegener of Oklahoma City has served as the state's Deputy Secretary of Energy since 2005.

Fleischaker recently informed the governor of his desire to return to the private sector where he serves as president and chief executive officer of Jolen Operating Company.
 
"I hate to lose David because he has been an invaluable asset to my administration and the state of Oklahoma," said Gov. Henry.  "However, I certainly understand his decision and wish him the very best."  

Gov. Henry originally appointed Fleischaker to his cabinet in 2003.  The Oklahoma City energy producer has taken the lead on a number of Henry initiatives over the last five years, including the creation of the Oklahoma Bioenergy Center in 2007.

"I appreciated the opportunity to serve the governor and the state of Oklahoma, and I'm proud of our accomplishments," said Fleischaker. "I know the cabinet post will be in good hands with Bobby Wegener."

Before joining the Secretary of Energy's office three years ago, Wegener was an attorney in private practice specializing in cases involving oil and gas issues and public utilities. Wegener holds a bachelor's degree from Texas A and M and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

"Bobby has done a great job in my administration and is more than worthy of the promotion to cabinet officer," said Gov. Henry. "The energy secretary is a critical position and it is important to have someone who can hit the ground running.  I appreciate Bobby's willingness to serve."

Wegener will assume his cabinet secretary duties immediately.  His post requires confirmation from the State Senate.

"I look forward to serving the Henry administration in this new role," said Wegener.
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