About Fred Gipson
Fred is a life-long Oklahoman. He was born in Seminole and is a graduate of Seminole High School. From Seminole, he went to OU where he earned both undergraduate and law degrees.
Fred served his country and is a veteran of the United State Army. He served until he was honorably discharged at the rank of captain.
After the Army, Fred served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Ross Rizley. Fred then entered private practice with a law firm in Oklahoma City.
Once again, Fred was called to public service and served as a legislative assistant to Oklahoma U.S. Senator Fred Harris. While in Washington, Fred was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar and practiced law there .
Fred returned to Oklahoma to form a private law firm in his home town of Seminole. During his time in Seminole he served as mayor.
Fred returned to public service when he was named Chief Counsel to the University of Oklahoma. In addition, he taught Political Science and Higher Education Law at OU.
Since leaving the University, Fred has been practicing law and running several businesses. He has been a partner in Jerry Scott Drilling Company, Seminole Mud Company and Gipson Properties. Recently, he and a partner, formed Downhole Tubulars LLC.
Fred lost his first wife, Patti, in 2007. He and Patti had three children – Fred, Lisa, and Elizabeth – and 8 grandchildren.
Fred remarried and his wife Lynda has two children of her own – Jay and L.B. – and two grandchildren. Lynda taught at East Central University in Ada and also at OU. Fred's extended family includes five children and ten grandchildren.
In addition to work and family, Fred has served on numerous boards over the years including Sarkeys’ Foundation and McFarlin Methodist Church. Fred is a lifetime member of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association.