Robert Anthony (born May 15, 1948) 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.
|Member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission|
|Assumed office |
January 9, 1989
|Preceded by||Norma Eagleton|
|Born||May 15, 1948|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Education||University of Pennsylvania (BS)|
London School of Economics (MS)
Yale University (MA)
Harvard University (MPA)
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Unit||United States Army Reserve|
Early life and careerEdit
Anthony was born at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City on May 15, 1948. 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.
Anthony was a captain in the United States Army Reserves, worked in his grandfather's retail clothing company C.R. Anthony Co. 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. He was the president of C.R. Anthony Co. (A chain of Oklahoma-based retail stores founded by his grandfather C.R. Anthony in 1922 in Cushing, Oklahoma.) from 1980 to 1987.
Anthony served as a member of the Oklahoma City Council from 1979–1980. He first won election to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) in 1988 and took office in 1989. He was re-elected in 1994, 2000, 2006 and again in 2012. 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.
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.
In August 2018, Anthony won the Republican nomination for a seat on the OCC. He went on to face Democrat Ashley Nicole McCray and Independent Jackie Short in the November election. Anthony won re-election with 60% of the vote.
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 1988|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 1988|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 1994|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||505,003||51.75|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2000|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||771,609||65.76|
|Oklahoma U.S. Senate Republican Primary Election, 2004|
|Republican||Jay Richard Hunt||2,944||1.23|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2006|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||536,341||58.66|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||108,624||64.84|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2012|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||n/a||100.00|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Republican Primary Election, 2018|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||155,930||53.6|
|Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Election, 2018|
|Republican||Bob Anthony (inc.)||700,643||60.0|
|Democrat||Ashley Nicole Mccray||400,185||34.3|
- Voices of Oklahoma interview with Bob Anthony Archived 2010-07-26 at the Wayback Machine, Voices of Oklahoma oral history project Archived July 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, April 27, 2010 (accessed May 22, 2013)
- Bob Anthony, Project Vote Smart (accessed May 22, 2013)
- United States Senator Republican Primary Election – July 27, 2004, Oklahoma State Election Board (accessed May 22, 2013)
- PBS Interview with Bob Anthony (accessed May 23, 2013)
- Buettner, Joe (2018-08-28). "Incumbent Bob Anthony wins GOP nomination for Oklahoma corporation commissioner". KTUL. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
- "Anthony wins a sixth term as a Corporation Commissioner". Oklahoman.com. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2020-03-04.
- Official website
- *Voices of Oklahoma interview with Bob Anthony. First person interview conducted on April 27, 2010, with Bob Anthony.
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