State Board of Education member Daniel Keating dies
TULSA — Daniel Keating, a member of the state Board of Education and twin brother of former Gov. Frank Keating, died Saturday at the age of 74.
Keating was appointed to the state Board of Education in 2013 by Gov. Mary Fallin, representing the Tulsa area.
“Daniel Keating served the state of Oklahoma well in a variety of appointments and had a lifelong interest in education," Fallin said Sunday in a news release. "He was a strong proponent on the State Board of Education of ensuring Oklahoma's schools delivered a high-quality education. As a business executive, Dan knew the importance of giving our students the skill-sets they need to succeed in today's competitive, high-tech economy."
The governor's office said Fallin would review her options in filling the vacancy.
Each board member, except the chairman, who is the elected state superintendent of public instruction, is appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state Senate.
Keating's term was due to expire in April, and any person appointed to fill the remainder of his term would serve on an interim basis pending approval of the Senate, according to state statute.
Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt will begin his term in January, and he will have the authority to appoint six members to the state Board of Education.
State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Keating was a "strong, passionate and committed” board member.
"On a personal level, Dan was a kind and congenial friend who always had words of encouragement," Hofmeister said.
Keating's twin brother was Oklahoma governor from 1995 to 2003.
But Dan Keating himself was active in politics, including serving as a delegate at the Republican National Convention in 2016 and acting as the co-chair for President Donald Trump's campaign in Oklahoma.
Keating was president of Summit Consolidated Group, a national brokerage and insurance company.
In 2002, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Board of Advisors on Tribal Colleges and Universities, and previously was an adjunct professor at Oral Roberts University.