Retired General moves to another state job

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Former Oklahoma Army National Guard Brigadier General Hopper Smith landed another new state job.

He’s been named by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to be its new State Director of Aerospace and Defense. Smith joined the Commerce Department after being named in 2018 as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission.

He was elected to multiple terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives beginning in 1996, from south Tulsa. Smith resigned his seat in 2003 when his National Guard unit was mobilized for deployment to combat operations in Afghanistan.

Over the last decade Hopper has served in a number of roles including: Director of Government Relations for Chesapeake Energy; President of OCPA; and Director of Public Affairs for Devon Energy. In 2012 Hopper was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned as Assistant Adjutant General, Oklahoma National Guard.

Smith received his BS in Geology from Oklahoma State University in 1986 He earned an MS in Strategic Intelligence from National Defense Intelligence College at the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2007. He earned his second MS in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College in 2010.