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Rotary Club of Okla. City Preparedness Plan


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 30‐year career in law enforcement and public
service included service an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate
member, including service as a Republican senate leader.

He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice, and Housing departments. His Justice and Treasury service gave him responsibility for economic and financial sanctions against terrorists and proliferators; all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation; and oversight over agencies such 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 and all 94 U.S. Attorneys.

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 helped raise 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 successful public vote on right‐to-work,
tort reform, tax cuts, and major road building and education reform.

An attorney by training and a former partner of Holland and Knight. Formerly, he was the president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. The ABA is a 140 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.

Previously, he served for seven years as the President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers. Keating is the chairman emeritus of the Board of the Washington based Bipartisan Policy Center and served on the 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. He also served on the BPC’s Housing Commission. He was previously chairman of the Advisory Board of Mt. Vernon and president of the Federal City Council. He also served on the boards of the National Archives, the Jamestown Foundation and as chair of the National Catholic Review Board. He is currently a Regent of the University of Oklahoma. He is a director or advisory director of Hall Capital, Global Financial, BancFirst Corporation, Citizens Life Insurance Company and Insurance Care Direct.

Keating also is the author of five award‐winning children’s books, biographies of Will Rogers, Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Standing Bear, the Ponca Indian chief who argued Native Americans deserve the same rights as white Americans. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees.
He and his wife Cathy live in Oklahoma City, OK. They have three children and eleven grandchildren.


Trent England is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and executive director of Save Our States. He previously served as executive vice president at both the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the Freedom Foundation, and as a legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Trent is a producer of the feature-length documentary, Safeguard: An Electoral College Story; the author of Why We Must Defend the Electoral College; and a contributor to The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty. His writing has also appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Oklahoman, and many other publications. He was a Publius Fellow of the Claremont Institute in 2008. Trent earned a J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and a B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College.


Chair and Moderator

Ted Streuli has practiced journalism for more than 30 years and is the executive director at Oklahoma Watch, a statewide, nonprofit investigativbe journalism organization. He is a past president of the Oklahoma Press Association and winner of numerous awards, most recently the National Society of Newspaper Columnist’s Will Rogers Award for Humanitarianism.



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