|Francis Anthony "Frank" Keating (born February 10, 1944) is an American politician from Oklahoma. Keating served as the 25th Governor of Oklahoma. His first term began in 1995 and ended in 1999. Keating won reelection to a second term, which ended in 2003.|
As of 2006, Keating is the second Governor in Oklahoma history to hold two consecutive terms and the only Republican to accomplish that feat.
Born Francis Anthony Keating on February 10, 1944 in St. Louis, Missouri, Keating was not even six months old when his family moved to Oklahoma and settled in Tulsa. A devout Roman Catholic, Keating attended Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, from which he graduated in 1962. Keating was accepted to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.. He would go on to receive as Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1966. After receiving his degree, Keating would return to Oklahoma to further his education. He received a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1969.
Upon receiving his law degree, Keating began his career in law enforcement. The same year he finished law school, Keating was made a Special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Relocated to the West Coast, Keating was charged with investigating terrorism incidents in the area and other various duties. After years on the coast, Keating would return to Tulsa to become an Assistant District Attorney. In 1973, Keating, under the Republican Party banner, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He would only serve a single term in the House, until 1975, when he was elected to the Oklahoma Senate. He would serve in the Senate from 1975 until 1981, winning reelection in 1978. While in the Senate, Keating rose to become the highest ranking Republican as the Senate Minority Leader.
Governor of Oklahoma
After two years of private life, in 1994, Keating received the Republican nomination for Governor of Oklahoma. In a three way race, Keating received 47% of the vote and defeated the Democratic nominee by 17 points. Keating was sworn in as the 25th Governor of Oklahoma on January 9, 1995.
Oklahoma City Bombing
Governor Keating had little time to relax upon taking office. Within three months of taking office, on April 19, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed in the Oklahoma City bombing, in which the lives of 168 Oklahomans were lost and over 800 people were injured. The blast destroyed or damaged more than 300 buildings in the surrounding area, leaving several hundred people homeless and shutting down offices in downtown Oklahoma City.
Governor Keating immediately mobilized relief and rescue teams to handle the crisis, assuring prompt assistance. Over 12,000 people participated in relief and rescue operations in the days following the blast. The national and worldwide humanitarian response was immediate and overwhelming. Governor Keating declared a state of emergency, which allowed FEMA to activated 11 of its Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces to assist in rescue and recovery operations.
The national focus climaxed on April 23, when President Bill Clinton, along with Governor Keating and the Reverend Billy Graham, spoke in Oklahoma City. In the weeks following the bombing, rescue efforts ceased and the building was imploded. Through both his own works and the works of his wife Cathy Keating, Governor Keating gained both national and international attention for his efforts to help the victims and their families. Governor Keating also created a $6 million fund to assist victims and provide for scholarships for children who have lost a parent in the attack.
* April 19, 1995: Three months after he was sworn in as Oklahoma governor, a fertilizer bomb exploded in front of a federal building in the capital killing 168 people.
Further information: Oklahoma City bombing
* June, 2002: Keating, a practicing Roman Catholic, was named Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board examining sex abuse by Catholic Priests.
* June 16, 2003: After months of working with the Catholic Church, Keating stepped down as head of the Catholic review board. The resignation came days after Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony criticized Keating for comparing some church leaders to the Mafia. In his resignation letter, Keating said, "My remarks, which some Bishops found offensive, were deadly accurate. I make no apology... To resist Grand Jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away; that is the model of a criminal organization, not my church."
Frank Keating, CEO of American Council of Life Insurers and Former Governor of Oklahoma
|Gov. Frank Keating received his undergraduate degree in history from Georgetown University and returned to Oklahoma to earn his law degree at the University of Oklahoma in 1969. After service as an FBI agent, Keating was a local prosecutor in Tulsa. He later served in both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature, rising to minority leader of the State Senate, and was named U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma in 1981. From 1985 through 1993 he served in Washington as Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, Associate General and as General Counsel at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1994, Keating was elected Governor of Oklahoma, and in 1998 he became only the second person and the first Republican to be re-elected to a second consecutive term. During his time as Governor, Keating has mobilized state clergy of all faiths to emphasize prayer and public awareness in response to such social ills as drug abuse, child abuse, divorce and domestic violence, and his statewide initiative to strengthen marriage has won national attention. Keating is term limited and will assume the presidency of the American Council of Life Insurers in Washington after he leaves office in January, 2003. He and his wife Cathy have three children, and their first grandchild, a granddaughter, was born July 4. Governor Keating is a lifelong Catholic communicant. In 1980 he received a papal appointment as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. He and his family attend St. Joseph's Old Cathedral and Corpus Christi Church in Oklahoma City.|
|From 1969 to 1971, Governor Frank Keating of Oklahoma was an FBI Special Agent. From 1981 to 1984, he was the United States Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma. From 1985 through 1988, Keating served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Enforcement), Washington, DC. From 1988 to 1989, he was an Associate Attorney General of the United States. Named Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope John Paul II in 1988, Keating is an honored and high-ranking member of the Knights of Malta.|
|Keep in mind that the WACO Operation records were stored in the Oklahoma Murrah Building. That Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating was appointed in 1985 head of the ATF via Treasury Enforcement and oversaw US Interpol activities, and was a special agent with FBI for left wing terrorist opertions on west coast in 1969. Gov Keating's brother Martin wrote a bizarre book about the bombing of a Federal Building with antihero named TOM McVay copyrighted almost 2 years BEFORE the OKC Blast. It is now available as "The Last Jihad" ISBN 0964704811 BUT has changed from the original manuscript. An M. Keating also published a book in 1988 called "The City that Refused to Die" wherein a group of Oklahomans were blowing up buildings. That Frank Keating became a member of the Knights of Malta in 1988. Coincidence ? Not sure.|
|Frank Anthony Keating|
Governor (R.) State of Oklahoma
Knights of Malta
|OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR KEATING -- MEMBER: KNIGHTS OF MALTA|
"I, Frank Anthony Keating, II, in the name of the high and
undivided Trinity, do promise a vow to keep and conceal the
high mysteries of this noble and invincible Order of
Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, from all but such as are
ready and willing to serve the church of Christ, by acts of
valor and charity; and that as far as in me lies, I will
defend the church of the Holy Sepulchre from pillage and
violence, and guard and protect pilgrims on their way to
and from the Holy Land; and if I perform not this vow, to
the best of my abilities, let me become inanimata [dead]."
From 1969 to 1971, Governor Frank Keating of Oklahoma was an FBI
Special Agent. From 1981 to 1984, he was the United States
Attorney, Northern District of Oklahoma. From 1985 through 1988,
Keating served as an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
(Enforcement), Washington, DC. From 1988 to 1989, he was an
Associate Attorney General of the United States. Named Knight
Commander of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope John Paul II in 1988,
Keating is an honored and high-ranking member of the Knights of
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