OKLAHOMA CITY —
Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating says he won’t run for the open U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.
The 69-year-old Republican released a statement Monday saying he wants to continue serving as president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based American Bankers Association. Keating acknowledged he had discussed the possibility of running for Senate with his family and supporters.
Keating described Coburn as a “friend who has done a superb job in the U.S. Senate.”
Coburn announced he would forego the final two years of his term, creating the state’s first open U.S. Senate seat since 2004. Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford already has announced plans to run, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Tulsa are considering the race.