Frank Lucas

Rep. Steve Russell
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Members of the Oklahoma Congressional delegation have voiced their opinions regarding the race for the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the wake of Speaker Boehner’s retirement announcement and front-runner Kevin McCarthy’s decision to leave the race.

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) described the speaker race as “wide open.”

Russell said he approached South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy after McCarthy dropped out of the race, but Gowdy quickly said he is not interested.

Oklahoma's longest-serving Congressman led the state's delegation on the House floor in Washington Thursday to reflect on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the 20th anniversary approaches.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas was a freshman lawmaker representing Oklahoma's now-defunct Sixth Congressional District that included downtown Oklahoma City.

President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night before a joint session of Congress.
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Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

Mason Bolay climbs into the cab of a tractor on his family's farm near Perry, Okla.
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Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine calls it a power grab by an imperial president. U.S. Representative Frank Lucas says it would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for famers and ranchers in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine was the only member of Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation to vote against President Obama's request to train and arm rebels fighting Islamic State militants in Syria.

Bridenstine says that if the Islamic State is deemed a threat, the United States should "eliminate it," not train and arm rebels.

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
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Three incumbent Oklahoma congressmen are working to avoid upsets in the June 24 primary as their challengers take hope following an upset in Virginia.

Republican Reps. Tom Cole, Frank Lucas and Markwayne Mullin each face challengers in the primary that comes two weeks after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost in the Virginia primary to economics professor Dave Brat.

Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move

Mar 28, 2014
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Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.

Newt Graham Lock and Dam on the Verdigris River in Wagoner County, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma's entire congressional delegation has announced support for the so-called "Three Rivers Study" of the area at the confluence of the Arkansas, Mississippi, and White Rivers.

The area is the starting point of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs through both states.

The study would investigate ongoing threats to navigation and bottomland hardwoods at the confluence of the rivers in southeastern Arkansas.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
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The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to pass a five-year farm bill, and Oklahoma's all-Republican House delegation split on the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation.

The measure included small cuts to the food stamps program, and preserved some farm subsidies. The vote in the House was 251-166.

President Obama delivers his 2014 State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, January 28, 2014.
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Most of Oklahoma’s all-Republican Congressional delegation panned President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address he delivered to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says the President made it clear he would continue to bypass Congress, and use a “pen and phone” to get work done. Inhofe says Americans will see this play out with a Climate Action Plan the president unveiled last summer.