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Frank Keating is president and CEO of the American Bankers Association (ABA). The ABA is a 135 year old association that represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation's $13 trillion banking industry and its two million employees.
He became the ABA's president and CEO on January 1, 2011, following seven years of service as the president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers, and after serving two terms as Oklahoma's 25th governor.
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; 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. His service in the Treasury and Justice gave him responsibility for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversight over such agencies as the Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Marshals, the Bureau of Prisons, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
In 1993 he returned to Oklahoma to run for governor. He won a three-way race by a landslide and was easily reelected in 1998, becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms.
Governor 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 200 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.
Governor Keating recently served on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Debt Reduction Task Force, a group of former cabinet members, elected officials and key stakeholders of both parties that recommended a series of tough measures to address the nation's fiscal challenges.
Governor Keating serves on the board of the National Archives Foundation, is Chairman of the Mt. Vernon Advisory Board of Directors and is President of the Federal City Council, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the improvement of the nation's capital. He is seen frequently on the cable news channels as a commentator on a wide variety of topics. Governor Keating also is the author of three children’s books, biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, and Standing Bear, the Indian whose case established the constitutional rights of Native Americans.
Frank and his wife, Cathy, live in McLean, Virginia. They have three children and nine grandchildren.