James Lankford

Supreme Court
1:33 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oklahoma Congressmen Praise Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
Credit U.S. Rep. James Lankford / Facebook

Members of Oklahoma's Republican congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in a case involving Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby.

U.S. Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe issued statements Monday in support of the court's decision and praising the company's owners, the Green family. U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Tom Cole, and James Lankford also hailed the ruling as one in favor of religious liberty.

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Primary Elections
8:07 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Lankford Win Highlights Stunning Rise To Power

U.S. Rep. James Lankford during a December 2011 House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
RepLankford Flickr Public Domain

U.S. Rep. James Lankford's victory over a well-funded tea party challenger highlights a stunning rise to power for a 46-year-old who was a church camp director and political unknown just four years ago.

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Primary Elections
8:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Lankford Wins GOP Nod In U.S. Senate, Faces Dems Johnson Or Rogers, Independent Beard

U.S. Rep. James Lankford
House Republican Conference

U.S. Rep. James Lankford has won the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

By capturing more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday in the seven-man GOP primary field, Lankford avoids a runoff and faces the Democratic nominee and an independent in November.

The seat was open because U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn decided to forego the final two years left on his term amid a recurrence of cancer. The state's other senator, James Inhofe, also was on the ballot and easily won his GOP primary.

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Politics
3:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

In Oklahoma Senate Race, A Choice Between Two Deep Shades Of Red

State Rep. T.W. Shannon (left) talks with U.S. Rep. James Lankford following a June 6 Republican candidate forum for the open U.S. Senate seat in Lawton, Okla.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 7:07 pm

In Oklahoma, Republicans will vote Tuesday on a nominee to finish the term of current GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who is retiring at year-end with two years left to spare. For the two front-runners, Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, immigration has suddenly become an issue in the race.

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Primary Elections
12:21 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Oklahoma Incumbents Look To Avoid A 'Cantor Redux'

(L-R): U.S. Reps. Jim Bridenstine, Markwayne Mullin, James Lankford, Tom Cole, and Frank Lucas at the Oklahoma Press Association's congressional delegation panel June 14.
U.S. Rep. James Lankford Facebook

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.

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Politics and Government
8:21 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Coburn: Attack Ads Against Lankford Not Truthful

U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)
U.S. Senate Democrats Flickr Creative Commons

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn hasn't officially endorsed any of the seven Republicans seeking to replace him, but he is criticizing an attack ad against James Lankford, one of the leading candidates.

In a statement issued Thursday, Coburn criticized the ads by independent groups like the Senate Conservatives Fund and Oklahomans for a Conservative Future that support GOP challenger T.W. Shannon. Coburn said the ads "aren't truthful" and mischaracterize Lankford's record.

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Politics and Government
12:03 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

VIDEO: Lankford Criticizes Administration For Not Consulting Congress About Gitmo Release

The prisoner exchange that won freedom for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years in Taliban hands is stirring a debate over whether the exchange will heighten the risk of other Americans being snatched as bargaining chips and whether the released detainees will find their way back to the fight.

U.S. Rep. and Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) says he believes the Obama administration broke the law by not notifying Congress before releasing five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Politics and Government
11:53 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder's Oklahoma City Police Cadet Graduation Speech Canceled

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) and Attorney General Eric Holder after a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing - Feb. 2, 2012
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Flickr Creative Commons

Updated April 24, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says a planned appearance and speech by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at graduation ceremony for cadets has been canceled.

"Federal Judge Vickie Miles LaGrange will assume the honor in his absence," police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson said in a statement. "Several security measures will remain in place for the event due to a number of planned protests."

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Election
11:23 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Self-Funded Rep. Leads Money Race For Oklahoma's 5th District

Mike Turner, Oklahoma State Representative - District 82
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

Federal campaign reports covering the first quarter of 2014 were due by midnight Tuesday.

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Election
7:13 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Day 3: Lankford Expected To Sign Up On Last Candidate Filing Day

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond is among the candidates expected to file for political office on the final day of filing.

He's expected to file for the U.S. Senate on Friday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.

Lankford is among a half-dozen Republicans seeking the final two years of the Senate term being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Muskogee.

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