Before founding A&A Advocates, Inc. in 2008, Mr. Adkins served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for eight years. He is the past Chairman of the Energy, Utility, Aerospace, and Technology Committee for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Mr. Adkins’ responsibilities included jurisdiction and oversight of Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry, telecommunications and technology, mining, aerospace industry, as well as, all electric and water utilities. He was either the principal author or had direct responsibility for almost every major initiative that fell within his jurisdiction and became law in Oklahoma during his four years as chairman.
Adkins’ respect, from both sides of the aisle, enabled him to carry dozens of pieces of legislation and never lose a bill either in committee or on the floor during his eight years in the House of Representatives.
Regarded as one of Oklahoma’s leaders on energy policy, Mr. Adkins has testified before the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate with respect to the energy industry and its relation to carbon emissions and climate change.
Mr. Adkins’ legislative career was highlighted by being twice named Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association legislator of the year. He was also named the Higher Education legislative newcomer of the year, American Royalty Council legislator of the year, and Industrial Electric Consumers legislator of the year. He was selected to participate in Leadership Oklahoma and is now a lifetime member of the organization.
In addition, Dennis served on the powerful Appropriations and Budget Committee, as well as, the Revenue and Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Public Health committees in the House of Representatives. Prior to the legislature, Mr. Adkins served the State of Oklahoma in professional positions within the Department of Corrections, Department of Human Services and Department of Rehabilitative Services.
He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
An A&A Advocates Associate since 2014, Haley Blood excels in the area of Executive Lobbying.
Ms. Blood has an extensive knowledge of Oklahoma state agencies as well as the unique relationship between agencies and the Oklahoma legislature.
Her experience includes work with various Oklahoma state agencies including, but not limited to, the Department of Human Services, Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Office of Juvenile Affairs, Department of Veterans Affairs, the Oklahoma Insurance Department and Department of Rehabilitation Services.
This work has given her the opportunity to participate in a multitude of policy areas such as child welfare reform, social service initiatives and criminal justice reform. It has also given her a unique skill set to assist A&A Advocates’ clients when dealing with regulatory red tape and funding issues.
Since coming to A&A Advocates, Ms. Blood has successfully helped to negotiate various state contracts for A&A Advocates’ clients. She has also helped in the coordination of public-private partnerships with state agencies and private foundations.
Prior to joining A&A Advocates, Ms. Blood served as the Associate Director of Oklahoma’s largest public employee association. In this role she specialized in building and maintaining state agency relations and working with legislative sub-appropriations and policy committees to which agency related legislation is assigned.
In 2013, Ms. Blood was appointed by the Oklahoma Speaker of the House to serve on the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Citizens Advisory Panel on Administrative Issues.
She was also employed by the Department of Human Services for several years before transitioning to work in the area of government relations.
Ms. Blood graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.