WASHINGTON — Frank Keating pledged Tuesday to take a bipartisan approach as the next head of the American Bankers Association, dismissed concerns about a past scandal from his former career as Oklahoma governor as "unfair" and touted his experience with issues relevant to mortgage securitization and the Bank Secrecy Act.

Keating, who will officially succeed the ABA's current president and chief executive Ed Yingling in January, largely avoided laying out a detailed agenda, saying his first job was to hear what members have to say and to carry out the agenda of the group's board of directors.

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