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U.S. Sen. James Lankford is scheduled to deliver his first formal address on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

The first-term Republican plans to give his maiden floor speech at 10 a.m. central time on Thursday.

Lankford says his speech will focus on challenges that lie ahead for America and how the nation can address them.

He is an advocate for streamlining federal government, especially simplifying the federal tax code, and has been a fierce critic of the new federal health care law.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Vice President Joe Biden administers the oath of office to U.S. Sen. James Lankford during the ceremonial swearing in January 6.
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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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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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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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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.

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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