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May 21, 2015
Former US Congressman to Join Wildlife Commission
    The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission will welcome former U.S. Rep. Bill Brewster as a new commissioner beginning July 2.
    Brewster was appointed earlier this year by Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, and his appointment was recently confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate. He will assume the seat
Former U.S. Rep. Bill Brewster of Marietta will begin serving on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission in July. (Photo Provided)
from District 3, which encompasses most of southeastern Oklahoma, and his term will run through 2023.
    "I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity by Governor Fallin to serve on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission," he said. "I feel that the Wildlife Department has been quite successful in the past, and their actions are very important to the future for hunters, fishermen, and others who enjoy wildlife."
    Brewster replaces outgoing Commissioner Mike Bloodworth of Hugo, who was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry in 2007 and completed his eight-year term.
    Brewster was born in Ardmore and has lived most of his life in Love County. His father, Grady Brewster, who was an avid quail hunter, exposed Brewster to hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation at an early age.

    Brewster graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy and is licensed in Oklahoma and Texas. Brewster has been very active in issues affecting small businesses, pharmacies, real estate and ranching.

    In 1983, Brewster was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was re-elected in 1984 and served until 1990. In 1990, he successfully ran for a seat in  the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as Oklahoma's District 3 congressman until 1996. 

    Brewster has been chairman of the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus, president of Shikar Safari Club International, and a board member of the National Rifle Association and the NRA Foundation. He is a life member of NRA and maintains memberships in many other hunting, fishing and wildlife organizations.

    Brewster and his wife, Suzie, live in rural Love County. They are the parents of three children. Kecia and Kent were lost in a 1990 plane crash. Daughter Karel and grandson, Braxton, live in Edmond.

    The Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of theOklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Wildlife Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

    The Wildlife Conservation Commission holds regular meetings the first Monday each month.