Frank Keating

Frank Keating grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and 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 as 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.

As 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.

Keating currently serves as a regent for the University of Oklahoma and lives with his wife Cathy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  They have three children and eleven grandchildren.

Hall of Fame Inductee

Frank Keating
was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in

Recent Publications


Love Won: The Oklahoma Standard

The bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995 sparked an outpouring of sympathy and encouragement from around the world. 25 years later, these expressions of kindness still remind us of the good in the world. They serve as a reminder that there is far more good than we sometimes see.

Will Rogers: Our American Legend

Will Rogers was an Oklahoma native with a love for people and adventure. He was a multi-talented performer, journalist, and aviation pioneer, and his folksy persona was admired by the common man and presidents alike. This children's book tells the story of his life and how his wit and wisdom led to a lifetime of adventure.

Trial of Standing Bear

Frank Keating's The Trial of Standing Bear tells the story of Ponca Chief Standing Bear and his people's fight for civil rights. It follows their forced removal from the Niobrara River in Nebraska to Indian Territory. The book is illustrated by Oklahoma artist Mike Wimmer and documents the ultimate victory of Standing Bear and his people.