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J. Larry Nichols

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John Larry Nichols
Born (1942-07-06) July 6, 1942 (age 78)
Alma materPrinceton University (BA)
University of Michigan (JD)
Known forCo-founder of Devon Energy
Spouse(s)Polly (married 1972)

John Larry Nichols (born July 6, 1942) is the co-founder and former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Devon Energy.

Nichols is a member of the board of directors of Baker Hughes and Sonic Drive-In.

Early life and education

In 1960, Nichols graduated from Casady School in Oklahoma City. In 1964, he received a B.A. in Geology from Princeton University. In 1967, he received a JD from University of Michigan Law School.[1][2]


After graduating, he served as a law clerk to both Associate Justice Tom C. Clark and Chief Justice Earl Warren of the Supreme Court of the United States. He also worked for William Rehnquist when Rehnquist was the United States Assistant Attorney General.[3]

In 1971, along with his father, John Nichols, an oilman, J. Larry Nichols co-founded Devon Energy. He served as chief executive officer of the company from 1980 to 2010, was president from 1976 until 2003, was chairman from 2000 to 2012, and was executive chairman from 2013 to 2016.[4][2][5]

In 2001, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.[2]

Personal life

In 1972, Nichols married Polly. They have 2 children: a daughter, Sally, and a son, Tyler.[6]


Nichols is a Republican.

In the third quarter of 2014, just before the midterm elections, Nichols made a $136,000 contribution to the Republican "Targeted State Victory" committee.[7]

In 2015, Nichols agreed to lead the energy steering committee of Florida Senator Marco Rubio and made a $50,000 contribution to the political action committee supporting Rubio. Nichols stated that "excessive regulation squashes" energy innovation.[8]

Nichols has contributed to Oklahoma Strong, the political action committee supporting Scott Pruitt.[9]


Nichols is the namesake of the J. Larry Nichols Community Foundation Scholar Award by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.[10]


  1. ^ Shottenkirk, Marcia (June 19, 2007). "The Century Club: J. Larry Nichols". The Journal Record.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c "Nichols, J. Larry". Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ Fisher, Daniel (September 3, 2001). "Odd Man In". Forbes.
  4. ^ MARKS, JAY F. (December 12, 2012). "Co-founder Larry Nichols to retire from Devon Energy in Oklahoma City". The Oklahoman.
  5. ^ LACKMEYER, STEVE (May 16, 2010). "Devon Energy CEO Larry Nichols looks back at company's 40 years". The Oklahoman.
  6. ^ "J. Larry Nichols". The Oklahoman. July 28, 2002.
  7. ^ Choma, Russ (October 7, 2014). "Super JFC Donors Emerge in Third Quarter". Center for Responsive Politics.
  8. ^ Dloughy, Jennifer A. (February 22, 2016). "Fracking Pioneer Agrees to Guide Energy Policy for Rubio". Bloomberg L.P.
  9. ^ Surgey, Nick (January 11, 2017). "Pruitt Helped Block Garland Confirmation to Supreme Court, then Fundraised from Polluters that Benefited". Center for Media and Democracy.
  10. ^ "J. Larry Nichols Community Foundation Scholar Award". Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Further reading

  • Burke, Robert. Deals, Deals, and More Deals: The Life of John W. Nichols. Oklahoma Heritage Association. 2004. ISBN 188559626X.

External links

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