Former Governor of Oklahoma
Born in St. Louis, Frank Keating grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His thirty-year career in law enforcement and public service included service as an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate member.
He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments as assistant secretary of Treasury and general counsel and acting deputy secretary of HUD.
In 1993 Keating returned to Oklahoma to run for Governor. He won a three-way race by a landslide and was easily re-elected in 1998, becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms.
As the governor of Oklahoma, Keating won national acclaim in 1995 for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City. In the aftermath of the tragedy, he raised more than six million dollars to fund scholarships for the nearly two hundred children left with only one or no parents. His accomplishments as Governor include winning a public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, and major road building and education reform.
As of 2015, Frank Keating is president and CEO of the American Bankers Association.
Interview with Frank Keating
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 20, 2013
Date Published: May 20, 2015
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: David Hall, David Boren, Governor, Ronald Reagan, J. Edgar Hoover, FBI, Rudy Giuliani, Jack Kemp, Coretta Scott King, Dick Cheney, James R. Jones, Coretta Scott King, Mount Vernon, Oklahoma Government, Murrah Building, April 19, 1995, Bill Clinton