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Francis Anthony Keating

Gov. Francis Anthony Keating

  • January 9, 1995 - January 13, 2003
  • Republican
  • February 10, 1944
  • Missouri
  • Georgetown University; the University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Married Catherine Dunn Heller; three children


FRANCIS ANTHONY (FRANK) KEATING was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Georgetown University in 1966 and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1969. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation before being elected to the Oklahoma legislature, where he served in both the House and Senate. In 1981 he was named U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. He later served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Associate Attorney General and General Counsel, and Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. While governor, Keating set a reform and growth agenda for Oklahoma that created nearly 200,000 new jobs. He also advocated education reform, environmental protection, road building, and tougher law enforcement. During his governorship a right-to-work law was enacted and construction of the Capitol Dome was undertaken. Governor Keating had the difficult task of dealing with the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. After leaving office, Keating chaired the National Review Board appointed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to oversee church compliance with anti-abuse rules that were established following revelations of sex-abuse scandals involving priests and minors. In 2003, Keating became Chief Executive Officer of the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington, DC.


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