Bob Anthony

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Bob Anthony
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner (Class 3)
Assumed office
January 9, 1989
Governor Henry Bellmon (1989-1991)
David Walters (1991-1995)
Frank Keating (1995-2003)
Brad Henry (2003-2011)
Mary Fallin (2011-)
Preceded by Norma Eagleton
Personal details
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nancy Anthony
Children 4 daughters
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
London School of Economics (M.S.)
Yale University
Harvard University
Religion Methodist
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Captain
Unit Reserves

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 finished 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]

Electoral history[edit]

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony 63,947 60.40
Republican Tom Guild 20,187 19.10
Republican Al Stine 14,597 13.80
Republican Jack Leebron 7,104 6.70
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony 606,640 53.20
Democratic Charlie Morgan 532,726 46.80
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony (inc.) 505,003 51.75
Democratic Charles Nesbitt 470,774 48.25
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony (inc.) 771,609 65.76
Democratic Gilbert Bigby 380,108 32.40
Libertarian Roger Bloxham 21,568 1.84
Oklahoma U.S. Senate Republican Primary Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Tom Coburn 145,974 61.23
Republican Kirk Humphreys 59,877 25.12
Republican Bob Anthony 29,596 12.41
Republican Jay Richard Hunt 2,944 1.23
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony (inc.) 536,341 58.66
Democratic Cody Graves 378,030 41.34
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony (inc.) 108,624 64.84
Republican Brooks Mitchell 58,890 35.16
Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2012
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Anthony (inc.) n/a 100.00


  1. ^ Voices of Oklahoma interview with Bob Anthony, Voices of Oklahoma oral history project Archived July 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., 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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