James Lankford

Washington
9:03 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Lankford Announces Committee Assignments As He Prepares To Join Senate

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On Monday Oklahoma U.S. Sen.-elect James Lankford announced four committees he'll join when he moves across the U.S. Capitol from the House to the Senate next month.

Lankford has been appointed to the Senate Committees on Appropriation, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on Indian Affairs.

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Immigration
9:05 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Lankford, Cole Critical Of Possible Executive Action On Immigration

U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford
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President Obama says he understands some Republicans disagree there’s a need to fix immigration laws, but U.S. Rep. and Senator-elect James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says his party has offered to work with the president for nearly two years.

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Politics and Government
7:47 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Senator-Elect Lankford Speaks To Family Research Council

Senator-elect James Lankford
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Oklahoma Senator-elect James Lankford says he'll bring his biblical worldview to bear on problems like the national debt.

The two-term Republican congressman discussed his Senate goals Wednesday with Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

Lankford said the Bible's book of Nehemiah stresses the importance of retiring debt and rebuilding infrastructure.

The senator-elect said he'll also work to protect the religious rights of all Americans, so they can practice their faith in their businesses and every part of life.

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Oklahoma Politics
11:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Economy, National Security Top Concerns After Russell Wins In Fifth District

Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana - June 18, 2011
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Republican former state Sen. Steve Russell defeated Democratic state Sen. Al McAffrey Tuesday night in the race to fill the seat representing Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Lankford won election to the U.S. Senate to fill the expiring term of Tom Coburn. The open Fifth District includes most of Oklahoma County and Seminole and Pottawatomie Counties in central Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:28 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during Tuesday night's election returns.
Shawntal Brown The Oklahoma Daily

Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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2014 Elections
8:47 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Stark Contrasts On Same-Sex Marriage, Marijuana As Senate Candidates Debate

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) during Tuesday night's U.S. Senate canddiate debate.
OStateTV

The two nominees for Oklahoma’s open U.S. Senate seat squared off Tuesday night in a debate at Oklahoma State University ahead of the November 4 elections. Republian nominee and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) and his Democratic challenger state Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) are seeking to complete the final two years of retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term in office.

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Politics and Government
7:32 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Lankford's Confidence, Name Recognition Bode Well In Senate Race Against Johnson

State Sen. Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) and U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) during last week's U.S. Senate candidate debate.
OStateTV

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) and state Senator Constance Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) are both vying for the seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who’s stepping down at the end of this year due to health problems. With three weeks left until Election Day, one of those candidates has a lot of catching up to do. 

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World
9:16 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Four Of Five Oklahoma Congressmen Vote To Arm Syrian Rebels

Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation.
Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford / Facebook

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.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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Open U.S. Senate Seat
7:47 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Johnson Ready To Battle Lankford For Senate Seat

Connie Johnson, Democratic Nominee For the U.S. Senate.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma state Sen. Connie Johnson says she's "temporarily relieved" after winning the Democratic nomination to face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the race for the U.S. Senate.

Johnson won Tuesday's primary runoff for a spot on the November ballot. Lankford won the GOP nomination in the June primary.

Johnson said Wednesday that she'll work to improve education and bring jobs to Oklahoma. She says she believes she can win, despite Oklahoma's reputation as a solidly Republican "red state."

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