James Lankford

Politics and Government
10:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Sen. Lankford Won’t Vote For Loretta Lynch Confirmation

U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-Okla.)
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U.S. Senator James Lankford probably won’t vote in favor of the confirmation of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

The Republican from Oklahoma lauded Lynch’s work as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, but her statements on immigration have raised some concerns for him.

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Washington
8:42 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Oklahoma Congressional Delegation Reacts To President Obama's Budget Proposal

U.S. Sen. James Lankford  says the budget proposal President Obama unveiled Monday doesn't address the drivers of the country's debt or encourage private sector growth.

Lankford said in a statement Monday the executive budget doesn't respect discretionary sequestration caps, and called the 7 percent increase in federal spending "reckless."

"That would be the equivalent to someone who's having a tough time making their credit car payments, but when they get a job, or when they get a raise, they say, 'Great. I got a raise. I'm going to buy a brand-new TV for the Super Bowl tonight, and put even more on my credit card,' instead of paying down debt," Lankford told Fox News' Shannon Bream during a wide-ranging interview that also focused on the U.S. response to self-proclaimed Islamic State militants. "If the economy’s doing better, terrific. Let’s start paying down debt. Let’s get us back into balance, not just accelerate and keep spending more.”

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Oklahoma Politics
10:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma’s Governor, Congressional Delegation React To State Of The Union

The White House Twitter

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.

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Politics and Government
9:23 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Oklahoma Senators Lankford, Inhofe Sworn In, House Delegation Splits Speaker Vote

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to U.S. Sen. James Lankford during the ceremonial swearing in Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford

Republican James Lankford has joined Oklahoma's senior senator as a member of the U.S. Senate.

Lankford, a former member of Congress from Oklahoma's 5th District, was sworn in Tuesday as the 18th senator from Oklahoma, taking the seat formerly held by Republican Tom Coburn, who retired.

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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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