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Governor Frank Keating

Frank Keating, famed former two-term governor of Oklahoma.  Within three months of taking office, on April 19, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed, 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 business.

Governor Keating mobilized relief and rescue teams to handle the crisis. 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 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to activate 11 of its Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces to assist in rescue and recovery operations. As the governor of Oklahoma, Mr. 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, Okla.  

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 college scholarships for children who lost a parent, or both parents, in the attack.

During the Reagan Administration, Mr. Keating served as U.S. Attorney for the N.D. of Oklahoma, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and as Associate Attorney General of the United States. Under President George H. W. Bush, Mr. Keating served as General Counsel and Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development with Secretary Jack Kemp. Prior to his service as the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Keating was an FBI agent.

As Associate Attorney General, Mr. Keating had supervisory responsibility over all of the U.S. Attorneys. At the Treasury Department, he had oversight over the U.S. Secret Service; U.S. Customs; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; U.S. Marshals; the Bureau of Prisons; the Immigration and Naturalization Service; and all 94 U.S. Attorneys.

Through his federal government service, as well as with the ABA, Mr. Keating has worked extensively on regulatory issues concerning lending practices, housing finance, securitization, enforcement and the Bank Secrecy Act.

He recently completed a five-year term as president and CEO of the American Bankers Association (ABA); from 2003 to 2011, he was president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI).

This will be a fascinating event on how to defeat domestic terrorism from a leader who has been at the eye of the storm.  Early RSVPs are suggested as the event will reach capacity.  Security will be tight.

Early RSVPs are suggested here as the event will reach capacity.

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