Frank Keating (hi-res photo) is president and CEO of the American Bankers Association. 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.
Keating became 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, Frank 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 Justice and Treasury service gave him responsibility for 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.
As assistant secretary of Treasury and general counsel and acting deputy secretary of HUD, Keating worked on banking issues that are demanding attention today – including housing finance, lending practices, securitization and Bank Secrecy Act issues.
In 1993 Keating 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.
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 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, major road building, and education reform.
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. He is chairman of the Advisory Board of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and serves on the boards of the National Archives, the Jamestown Foundation and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
He is seen and heard frequently on national news programs as a commentator on a wide variety of topics. 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. His fourth children’s book, published by Simon and Schuster, is entitled “George”, and is the story of the life of our first president. He is the recipient of six honorary degrees.
Frank and his wife Cathy live in McLean, Virginia. They have three children and ten grandchildren.