Frank Keating is president and CEO of the American Bankers Association, which represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $13 trillion banking industry and its two million employees.
Born in St. Louis in 1944, Keating grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. His 30-year career in law enforcement and public service included stints as an FBI agent, US attorney and state prosecutor, and member of the Oklahoma House and Senate.
He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice and Housing departments.
In 1993, Keating returned to Oklahoma to run for governor, winning a three-way race by a landslide. He was easily re-elected in 1998, becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms.
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 $6 million to fund scholarships for the nearly 200 children who lost parents. His accomplishments as governor include winning a public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, major road building and education reform.
He is seen and heard frequently on national news programs as a commentator on a wide variety of topics. Governor Keating also is the author of three award-winning children's books - biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, and Standing Bear, the Ponca Indian chief who argued Native Americans deserve the same rights as white Americans. He is the recipient of five honorary degrees.
He and his wife Cathy live in McLean, Virginia. They have three children and seven grandchildren.