Honesty, Integrity Are More Than Just Words, Anthony Says

Capitol Hill Beacon - October 5, 2000

Honesty and Integrity are more than just words in a dictionary according to Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Bob Anthony.

They are the words which have guided his entire life, from his education at the best business schools, to his service in the military, to working his way up to run the family business founded by his grandfather, and eventually guiding Anthony’s career in public service.

“It’s not easy to give your word and keep your word in today’s society,” Anthony said. “That’s why I’m so proud of what the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has accomplished while I’ve been fortunate enough to serve the people of Oklahoma.”

These accomplishments include:

  • The largest refunds and rate reductions for Oklahoma utility customers in state history

  • The two largest toll-free dialing areas in the United States

  • Deregulation of intrastate trucking with uninterrupted service

  • Ending bribery schemes and adopting the toughest ethics policy in state government

  • Reducing the time it takes to get regulatory approval for energy operations

  • Technology upgrades to benefit Oklahoma’s schools and universities

  • Electricity rates that are among the lowest in the nation

  • Strong enforcement of rules to protect Oklahoma’s air and water for future generations

Anthony’s honesty and integrity earned him the Louis E. Peters Memorial Service Award, the FBI’s highest citizen award. FBI director Louis Freeh presented the award, praising Anthony for his tireless work with the FBI during six years of investigating bribery, which led to the convictions of two persons and helped change the image of the Corporation Commission.

“We ended the Commission’s reputation of being for sale,” Anthony said. “Before, some companies thought they could get a favorable decision by spreading around hundred dollar bills or employee gifts. Having a Corporation Commission that is honest, fair and willing to listen to the people is very important as we head towards greater competition for utility services. As long as I’m at the Commission, the residents of our state will know that I will protect consumer interests and promote opportunities to help our economy grow,” Anthony said.

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