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Robert A. Butkin served as State Treasurer of Oklahoma from 1995 to 2005. He then served as dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law from 2005 until 2007.

Butkin is currently a tenured professor at the law school. Butkin drafted legislation that created Oklahoma's College Savings Plan, and co-chairing the effort to pass two state constitutional amendments that now allow public Oklahoma universities to engage in technology-transfer and commercial development of their own ideas. He also co-chaired the successful effort that created a permanent constitutional trust fund for tobacco-settlement monies. Dean Butkin chaired Governor-Elect Brad Henry's transition team, recruiting a bi-partisan group of business, civic and political leaders who assisted the governor in identifying key issues. He has served in various organizations including holding the presidency of the Southern State Treasurers Association. He chaired the Banking, Collateral and Cash Management Committee for the National Association of State Treasurers.

Butkin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College in Connecticut, graduating magna cum laude in 1975 with distinction in history. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia in 1978. He was one of 15 Americans named a Henry Luce Scholar in 1978 and served as visiting fellow at the University of the Philippines Law Center in Quezon City. He also held the position of assistant attorney general for the state of Oklahoma and was an associate attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan and Hartson.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Claudette Henry (R)
Oklahoma State Treasurer
January 11, 1995 - June 1, 2005
Succeeded by
Scott Meacham (D)
Party political offices
Preceded by
Democratic nominee for Oklahoma State Treasurer
1994, 1998, 2002
Succeeded by
Scott Meacham
Academic offices
Preceded by
Martin H. Belsky
Dean of the University of Tulsa College of Law
June 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Succeeded by
Janet K. Levit