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Tulsa's Barnett to Run for State Treasurer

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tulsa's Barnett to Run for State Treasurer

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Tulsan Howard Barnett is running for state treasurer this fall, he announced Friday. A former secretary of commerce and chief of staff during Gov. Frank Keating's term of office, Barnett will compete with his former boss's brother, Daniel Keating, in the Republican primary for the post.

Barnett said he would take the treasurer's office to the next level, transforming the role into that of an advocate for sound fiscal policies and an ambassador for economic development.

The office of state treasurer is too important and can play too pivotal a role in the future of our state, to simply be used as a holding position, Barnett said. The state treasurer, the chief investment officer of the state, should be actively engaged in showing the nation and the world positive reasons to invest in the state of Oklahoma ... I believe I am the person to do just that.

The 55-year-old Oklahoma native served as president and CEO of the Tulsa Tribune Co. and later as chairman, president and CEO of Tribune subsidiary T/SF Communications Corp., also known as The Official Information Co. before he was tapped by Frank Keating to serve as secretary of commerce in 1998. He also practiced business, securities and tax law with the Tulsa firm of Sneed, Lang, Adams and Barnett.

In 1999, Gov. Keating appointed Barnett to serve as the governor's chief of staff, where he helped craft the administration's policies and negotiated compacts with Indian tribes until Gov. Brad Henry's administration began in 2003.

In recent years, Barnett has served as managing director of merchant banking company TSF Capital LLC, specializing in mergers and acquisitions. He has also served as president of Leadership Oklahoma and worked with the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. Barnett said his public- and private- sector experience has provided him with a unique perspective regarding economic development for the state. …

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