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May 9, 2013

Michael Ming leaves Cabinet for GE

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“His work to promote CNG vehicles in state government will also result in millions of taxpayer dollars saved, even as it helps to promote an important energy resource made right here in Oklahoma.

“Secretary Ming is a visionary leader and a tireless advocate for the energy sector and energy consumers. He will be missed in this administration, but we are glad that he will be able to continue his work on energy issues right here in Oklahoma.”

Ming’s new title will be general manager for the Oil & Gas Technology Center. He will be responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of the GE Oil & Gas Technologies Center. Ming will work with other GE leaders to bring innovative technologies to the marketplace and focus on engaging global customers. Ming also will manage a team of engineers and scientists and be involved in a full range of facilities, environment, health and safety, finance, legal and human resource activities.

At least one Democrat voiced what could be characterized as concerns about the potential conflict of interest.

“Today, we found out that Energy Secretary Michael Ming, who was surely involved in the effort to bring the GE Global Research Center to Oklahoma, is leaving his post to go head up this new facility,” Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Sayre said. “The state of Oklahoma handed out more than $3 million in cash payments and tax breaks funded by taxpayer dollars to GE to attract this research facility focused on energy technology. Millions of dollars in cash payments and tax breaks from the Governor’s Closing Fund and the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program were used to close this deal.”

Ivester said he would leave it to people to draw their own conclusions.

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