Fairfax 2015 announced today that Frank Keating, president and CEO of the American Bankers Association and former Governor of Oklahoma, would be joining the Honorary Board of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games.
Keating, who won national acclaim for his compassionate and professional handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City, joins the WPFG Honorary Board just weeks prior to the 20th anniversary of this tragic event.
“The addition of Frank Keating to our Honorary Board is only fitting as he has first-hand experience as a law enforcement officer and working with and directing first responders in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing,” said Fairfax 2015 Board Chair and Cardinal Bank President, Kevin Reynolds. “It is a tribute to these brave men and women that Governor Keating has agreed to serve in this capacity.”
Keating joins a notable list of Honorary Board members including among others, Virginia Governor, Terry McAuliffe, Former US Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, Former Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, President and CEO of Northrop Grumman, Wes Bush, President of George Mason University, Ángel Cabrera and Gerry Connolly , Barbara Comstock and Don Beyer of the U.S. House of Representatives.
“I am honored to join such an esteemed group of supporters of the 2015 World Police & Fire Games,” said Governor Keating. “More so, I am pleased to have the opportunity to show my support for the first responder community. I have a great respect these amazing individuals having seen them in action during difficult times. They are more than deserving of our respect and admiration.”
Born in St. Louis, Keating 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 service as an FBI agent; U.S. Attorney and state prosecutor; and Oklahoma House and Senate member.
In 1993 Keating won a three-way race for Oklahoma Governor by a landslide and was easily re-elected in 1998 becoming only the second governor in Oklahoma history to serve two consecutive terms. Keating also served Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush in the Treasury, Justice and Housing departments.