Frankie Robbins has strong ties to Oklahoma
and the land. His grandfather made the land
run in 1893. Robbins was born and raised in
rural Grant County near Medford.
He has a lifetime of experiences that will
serve him well in bridging our nation's divide
and bringing the country together.
Growing up on a farm instilled in Robbins a
strong work ethic at an early age. "We
had a wood stove for heat until I was about
12," says Robbins. "In the first grade
I would come home from school and chop wood
"Summers were long days working in the
fields, putting up hay, and repairing old equipment
that seemed to break down every day. Fortunately
my dad was a religious man and believed in a
day of rest on Sunday."
The Robbins family attended Wakita First Baptist
Church. That is where the foundation was laid
for his strong faith and Christian values. Today,
Robbins attends the Medford United Methodist
Church and is a member of the church choir.
Robbins attended Medford Public Schools and
then Oklahoma State University. "Growing
up in a small town in Oklahoma, the heartland
of America, was special to me," Robbins
says. "Im thankful there was a student
loan program that enabled me to borrow money
to pay for college. Education was the key that
opened a world of opportunities for me."
Working in the USDA Forest Service allowed
Robbins to stay connected to the land he loved
from his youth and to gain an even deeper appreciation
and understanding of the moral obligation we
have to this planet on which we live. Robbins
believes that we can be good stewards of the
land while still meeting our energy independence
goals head on.
"I know from my work experience with the
Forest Service that by using the latest technology
and best operating practices we can develop
oil and gas on federal lands and off-shore in
an environmentally sound way," Robbins
says. "I have worked with oil and gas companies
accessing federal mineral leases on National
Forest land and successful, producing wells
were developed and linked to a gas pipe line
with minimal environmental impact.
"Do not doubt however, my strong stewardship
ethic and interest in protecting our Nations
Wilderness, National Parks, and National Forests,"
Robbins says his most rewarding experience
in life was raising his two sons. As a single
parent for much of his children's lives, Robbins
is proud of their accomplishments and contributions
as grown men. Robbins also has a five-year-old
granddaughter that he loves and adores.