Speaker Jim Roth and Dana Murphy
Our speakers will be Jim Roth, current Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner and his opponent in the upcoming election, Dana Murphy. Each candidate will speak on their positions and then entertain questions from guests. Below is a summary of each candidate. For more information, cllick on the candiate's name to be directed …
Our speakers will be Jim Roth, current Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner and his opponent in the upcoming election, Dana Murphy. Each candidate will speak on their positions and then entertain questions from guests. Below is a summary of each candidate. For more information, cllick on the candiate's name to be directed to their campaign websites.
Jim Roth was appointed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by Governor Brad Henry on June 1, 2007 after having served in elective local office the previous 5 years. He was elected Oklahoma County Commissioner for District One in 2002 and was overwhelmingly re-elected with over 63% in 2006. Previously, Jim served county government for eight years as an Attorney and Chief Deputy for a previous Commissioner and County Clerk. He is a member of the Oklahoma, Kansas and American Bar Associations and is a Past-President of the National Association of Civil County Attorneys. He is also a Certified Mediator.
Jim graduated from Kansas State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law and Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1994 with a Juris Doctor. Jim holds Graduate certificates from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government for local government executives and The United States Air War College’s National Security Forum at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Jim believes in community volunteerism and is involved in Rotary International Club 29 (OKC), the Choctaw Kiwanis Club, the Chambers of Commerce for Midwest City, Choctaw and the OKC Capitol area, the AIDS Support Program, Mayflower Congregational Church, the Greater OKC United Way and Allied Arts, among others. Commissioner Roth is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying boating, water skiing, travel and time spent with family and friends.
Born in Woodward, Oklahoma and raised within a family committed to agriculture, ranching and the petroleum industry, Dana is a fifth generation Oklahoman and has deep roots in Oklahoma. After attending Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma where she received the Best All-Around Freshman Athlete award, she attended Oklahoma State University and graduated in the top ten percent of her class with a bachelor’s degree in geology. After practicing as a geologist for ten years, she obtained her law degree cum laude while working and attending night school at Oklahoma City University.
While an administrative law judge at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for almost six years, she was named co-employee of the year for 1997 and received the Commissioners’ Public Servant Award in 2001. At the end of 2001, Dana left her position as an administrative law judge and began working as a consulting geologist in order to run for the statewide office of Corporation Commissioner. As a first time candidate, she garnered 41 percent of the primary vote and raised over $400,000.
In 2003, Dana returned to private law practice with an emphasis in oil and gas title, transactional and regulatory work. Dana currently serves on the Board of Farmers Royalty Company. She is also a personal fitness trainer and is active in the Oklahoma Bar Association, Edmond Chamber of Commerce and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Dana previously served as a trustee and is currently a care chaplain for the Church of the Servant United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.