Energy Headline panel

Moderator: Adam Wilmoth -  Energy Editor The Oklahoman and

Adam Wilmoth returned to The Oklahoman as energy editor in 2012 after working for four years in public relations. He previously spent seven years as a business reporter at The Oklahoman, including five years covering the state's energy sector.
Wilmoth holds a master's degree in business administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He's also a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma City's youth program, LOYAL -- Linking Oklahoma City's Young Adult Leaders.

Panel Members:

Dana Murphy - Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner

Elected in 2008 and 2010, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy has 22-plus years of experience in the petroleum industry as a geologist. Prior to her election, she owned and operated a private law firm focused on oil and gas title, regulatory practice and transactional work, and previously served as an administrative law judge for the Commission. She is the Oklahoma member and vice president of the Regional State Committee of the Southwest Power Pool, serves on the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute advisory board, and is Chair of the Financial Research Institute advisory board. She also serves on the Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command advisory board. In 2007, she was recognized by Energy Advocates as an outstanding woman in energy. Murphy holds a bachelor's degree in geology from Oklahoma State University and a law degree cum laude from Oklahoma City University

A j Griffin - State Senator - Guthrie

 A life-long Oklahoman, AJ Griffin grew up on a family farm in Adair where three generations made their homes. The child of educators, she graduated from Adair High School then continued her education with a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Hotel and Restaurant Administration. Griffin went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, in education.
Senator Griffin represents the 20th senate district which includes Logan , Kingfisher, Noble and Pawnee counties. First elected in 2012, Griffin serves as Vice Chair of the Senate Republican Caucus as well as Vice Chair of Senate Energy Committee and Co-Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Service. She also serves as a member of the Judiciary, Rules, and Appropriations Committees.
Recently this year Senator Griffin was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Energy Council and the Southern States Energy Board.
Griffin, her husband Trey, daughters Alexandra and Reagan make their home in Guthrie.

Mike Sanders - State Representative - Kingfisher


A native of western Oklahoma, Representative Mike Sanders has dedicated his career to public service. He began working on campaigns at the age of 9 and after making a strong impression on the George W. Bush Campaign, he earned a position at the White House. As Director of Interns, Mike managed over 1,000 interns and put policies and procedures in place that returned The White House Intern program back to prominence.
Mike continued his public service as Deputy Chief of Staff for Rural Development as well as the Senior Advisor to the Chief of Natural Resources Conservation Service for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Mike had the honor of serving on the Council for Small Business for Governor Frank Keating and Lt. Governor Mary Fallin from 1999-2003. Additionally, for Mike’s dedicated service to the White House and Nation on September 11, 2001, he was awarded the Distinguished Honor Service Award by the President of the United States, George W. Bush.
Mike was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2008 garnering 79% of the vote. He went unopposed in 2010, 2014, and 2016. In 2012, Mike set an Oklahoma election record gaining 95% of the vote.
In his years in the Legislature, Mike has served as the vice chair of the Human Services Committee, focusing on reforming the Department of Human Services. For his distinguished service on behalf of children and families in Oklahoma, he was honored with the 2013 Outstanding Elected Official Award by the State Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. He has also served in House leadership under various speakerships and after Sanders was re-elected in 2012, he was elected by his peers of the House Republican Caucus to remain in Leadership as one of the Assistant Majority Whips, a position he has held since his election in 2008. During the fifty-fourth Oklahoma State Legislature, Sanders continues to be a strong voice for Western Oklahomans. He currently has the honor of serving as the Chairman for the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation along with serving on the Agriculture & Wildlife, Energy & Aerospace and Appropriations & Budget Committees.
In addition to being an active member of the Kingfisher County Farm Bureau, Mike’s community involvement includes the Knights of Columbus #3113, Kingfisher Elks Lodge, Kingfisher Rotary Club and the National Rifle Association. He is also a lifetime member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders and has served in many leadership positions with the Kingfisher County Republican Party, serving as Chairman from 1999-2001.
Mike graduated from Kingfisher High School in 1993 and from Oklahoma Christian University in 1997 with a degree in History and Pre-Law. While in Washington, D.C., Mike attended Georgetown University to work on his Master’s in Government. He currently works for his family’s business, Sanders Funeral Service. Mike is married to Nellie Tayloe Sanders, and they live in Kingfisher with their sons, Davis Lee Sanders and Walker Tayloe Sanders.