A Representative from Oklahoma; born in Canadian, Hemphill County, Tex., March 30, 1950; attended the public schools; B.A., University of Oklahoma, Norman, Okla., 1972; J.D., University of Oklahoma, College of Law, 1975; rotary graduate fellow, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, international economics, 1977-1978; served in the United States Air Force Reserve, airman, 1969-1972; admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1975; Oklahoma State assistant attorney general, 1975-1977; private practice, Norman, Okla., 1978-1980; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-seventh and to the six succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1981-January 3, 1995); chairman, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (One Hundred Second Congress); was not a candidate for reelection in 1994, but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate.
Mr. McCurdy joined the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers as President and CEO in February 2007.Mr. McCurdy came to the Alliance after serving as President and CEO of the Electronics Industry Alliance (EIA) for eight years. As President, he helped promote the market development and competitiveness of the U.S. high-tech industry through domestic and international policy efforts for EIA’s nearly 1,300 member companies. In April of 2001, Mr. McCurdy co-founded the Internet Security Alliance as a non-profit collaboration between EIA and Carnegie Mellon University CyLab to enhance cyber security. Prior to leading the EIA, Mr. McCurdy had a distinguished career in the United States House of Representatives, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the McCurdy Group, L.L.C., a successful business consulting and investment practice.
Mr. McCurdy serves as President of OICA (The International Organization of Automobile Manufacturers), a global federation of national automobile trade associations based in Paris, France. He is a member of the Advisory Board of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and American Highway Users Alliance. Mr. McCurdy is Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Naval Analysis and member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates appointed Congressman McCurdy to the Defense Policy Board which provides the secretary with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Mr. McCurdy was reappointed to the Defense Policy Board in 2009 by the Obama Administration. Congressman McCurdy spent 14 years (1981-1995) in the House of Representatives as the Member from the Fourth Congressional District of Oklahoma. He attained numerous leadership positions including: Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; Chairman of the Military Installations and Facilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee; and Chairman of the Transportation Aviation and Materials Subcommittee of the Science and Space Committee. He was the youngest person in Congressional history to chair a full committee. He was also co-founder and national Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council.more » « less