Bob Anthony

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Robert "Bob" Anthony is a Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Anthony is serving his fifth consecutive six-year term on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, where he has served since 1989. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate.

Early life and career[edit]

Anthony was born at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. He graduated from Casady School.[1]

Anthony earned a bachelor's degree from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics, a master's degree from Yale University and a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.[2]

Anthony was a captain in the United States Army Reserves, worked in his grandfather's company C.R. Anthony, worked as a staff economist for the Interior Committee of the United States House of Representatives and as a consultant for the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1979.[2] He was the president of C.R. Anthony Company from 1980 to 1987.[2]

Political career[edit]

Anthony served as a member of the Oklahoma City Council from 1979-1980. He first won election to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 1988 and took office in 1989. He was re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006 and again in 2012.[2] In 2004 he entered the race to succeed Don Nickles in the United States Senate, but came third in the primary, losing to Tom Coburn.[3]

Anthony revealed in late 1992 that he had been cooperating in a federal bribery probe, secretly taping utility company representatives who broke laws prohibiting donations to regulators. The scandal was averted at the last minute by a company buyout.[4]


  1. ^ Voices of Oklahoma interview with Bob Anthony, Voices of Oklahoma oral history project, April 27, 2010 (accessed May 22, 2013)
  2. ^ a b c d Bob Anthony, Project Vote Smart (accessed May 22, 2013)
  3. ^ United States Senator Republican Primary Election - July 27, 2004, Oklahoma State Election Board (accessed May 22, 2013)
  4. ^ PBS Interview with Bob Anthony (accessed May 23, 2013)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner (Class 3)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Republican nominee for Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner (Class 3)
1988, 1994, 2000, 2006
Succeeded by
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