Fallin continued, “We owe these remarkable successes to the imagination and ingenuity of people like my friend,
Oklahoman Harold Hamm.
The son of sharecroppers, and the youngest of 13 children, Harold grew up in the small town of
As a child, he helped out on the farm and went to school only after the first freeze or Christmas.
While attending high school, he worked for a dollar-an-hour at a gas station.
After high school, Harold took a job cleaning out oil barrels.
At the age of 20, he bought his own truck and began a one-man, oil-field-service business.
He made enough money to begin taking college-level classes in geology and mineralogy.
At 26 years old, he drilled a wildcat well that produced 75 barrels of oil an hour.
We call that a gusher.
Today, Harold Hamm is the Chairman and CEO of Oklahoma’s own Continental Resources, a
top ten U.S. producer of petroleum liquids with nearly 700 employees, operating in 10 states, and
valued at over $13 Billion.
Now Harold and his company are helping to power cars, homes, and businesses across the
Harold and other energy entrepreneurs have completely transformed the U.S.’s energy outlook.
And with a President Romney, we’ll end America’s dependence on foreign oil.
And create even more American jobs.
Harold’s success story is not one-of-a-kind; it is an American dream that has been realized by
countless men and women since the founding of this country.
He is just one of the many visionaries and innovators in the private sector that are the true drivers
of economic growth and job creation.”