Keating became ABA’s president and CEO on Jan. 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. He served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice and Housing departments. His service gave him responsibility for all federal criminal prosecutions in the nation and oversight of 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 re-elected in 1998, becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms. His accomplishments as Governor include winning a public vote on right-to-work, tort reform, tax cuts, major road building and education reform.
The IBA Management Conference is February 8-9 in Des Moines.