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Senator Lankford Speaks about the Planned Parenthood Video on the Senate Floor
Senator Lankford Speaks about the Planned Parenthood Video on the Senate Floor
Published: 2015/07/16
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Discusses Russian Investigation at Intelligence Hearing
Senator Lankford Discusses Russian Investigation at Intelligence Hearing
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Talks James Comey Firing with CNN
Senator Lankford Talks James Comey Firing with CNN's Anderson Cooper
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford on CNN
Senator Lankford on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator James Lankford
Senator James Lankford
Published: 2016/09/09
Channel: FRCAction
Senator Lankford Questions Attorney General Sessions at Senate Intel Hearing
Senator Lankford Questions Attorney General Sessions at Senate Intel Hearing
Published: 2017/06/13
Channel: SenatorLankford
Al Franken Gives Final Critique of Neil Gorsuch. James Lankford Responds.
Al Franken Gives Final Critique of Neil Gorsuch. James Lankford Responds.
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: The Liberty Hound
Sen. James Lankford Speaking before The Senate Intel Committee Begins Russia Hearing.
Sen. James Lankford Speaking before The Senate Intel Committee Begins Russia Hearing.
Published: 2017/03/30
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Rep. James Lankford Talking About WH: "100% FALSE" That Admin Blocked Yates
Rep. James Lankford Talking About WH: "100% FALSE" That Admin Blocked Yates' Testimony.
Published: 2017/03/29
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Many news stories about Russia probe are dead wrong, Comey tells Sen. Lankford
Many news stories about Russia probe are dead wrong, Comey tells Sen. Lankford
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: PBS NewsHour
Senator James Lankford responds to President Trump
Senator James Lankford responds to President Trump's executive order on immigration.
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Sen James Lankford Questioning Sessions About Trump, Russia Probe. @SenatorLankford #Russia #Potus
Sen James Lankford Questioning Sessions About Trump, Russia Probe. @SenatorLankford #Russia #Potus
Published: 2017/06/14
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Sen. James Lankford: Abortion is a
Sen. James Lankford: Abortion is a 'men's issue'
Published: 2015/08/04
Channel: Raw Story
CBN News Special Report: Senator James Lankford
CBN News Special Report: Senator James Lankford
Published: 2016/07/18
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Policy Conference
Senator Lankford Speaks at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Policy Conference
Published: 2016/06/10
Channel: SenatorLankford
Sen. James Lankford on Mexico
Sen. James Lankford on Mexico's President: Mexico Will Not Pay For Trump's Wall @SenatorLankford
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
James Lankford Discusses Trump/Pence on "Meet The Press" with Chuck Todd
James Lankford Discusses Trump/Pence on "Meet The Press" with Chuck Todd
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: 2016 Lankford for Senate
Sen James Lankford speaking on Fired Adviser Flynn wants immunity, Has"Story to hell"
Sen James Lankford speaking on Fired Adviser Flynn wants immunity, Has"Story to hell"
Published: 2017/04/01
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
A Moving Pro-Life Speech by Senator James Lankford
A Moving Pro-Life Speech by Senator James Lankford
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: cubanker
Senator Lankford on CBS Face The Nation
Senator Lankford on CBS Face The Nation
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Questions James Comey
Senator Lankford Questions James Comey
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: Rshill7
SENADOR JAMES LANKFORD
SENADOR JAMES LANKFORD
Published: 2015/09/27
Channel: PROGRESO PAIS
Piers Morgan To GOP Rep. James Lankford: Why Do Any of You Deserve Pay During Shutdown?
Piers Morgan To GOP Rep. James Lankford: Why Do Any of You Deserve Pay During Shutdown?
Published: 2013/10/02
Channel: SavageNationLiberty
Senators Boxer, Lankford Debate Obamacare and Planned Parenthood on Senate Floor
Senators Boxer, Lankford Debate Obamacare and Planned Parenthood on Senate Floor
Published: 2015/12/02
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Shows DC Office Transition
Senator Lankford Shows DC Office Transition
Published: 2015/05/14
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator Lankford Questions Nominees for DHS and TSA at Homeland Security Hearing
Senator Lankford Questions Nominees for DHS and TSA at Homeland Security Hearing
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: SenatorLankford
Senator James Lankford Sets CNN
Senator James Lankford Sets CNN's Brooke Baldwin Straight About His Position on Bombing Syria
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: The PolitiStick
I grilled Lankford on the NSA
I grilled Lankford on the NSA
Published: 2013/08/14
Channel: Dax Ewbank
Senator Lankford Questions James Comey During Intel Hearing
Senator Lankford Questions James Comey During Intel Hearing
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: SenatorLankford
Congressman James Lankford on moral principles
Congressman James Lankford on moral principles
Published: 2012/11/02
Channel: Jan Helfeld
Exclusive – Sen. Lankford: Trump Administration Represents
Exclusive – Sen. Lankford: Trump Administration Represents 'Opportunity to Press Forward on Life'
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: Breitbart News
Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: EWTN
No al asesinato de màs bebès  discurso del Senador James Lankford de Oklahoma
No al asesinato de màs bebès discurso del Senador James Lankford de Oklahoma
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: A Tiempo Guadalajara Tv
James Lankford is next U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
James Lankford is next U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: KOCO 5 News
Sen James Lankford Speaking on Senate Bill Cuts MedicAid & Taxes, Changes Subsidies. #HealthCare
Sen James Lankford Speaking on Senate Bill Cuts MedicAid & Taxes, Changes Subsidies. #HealthCare
Published: 2017/06/23
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
2010 James Lankford Campaign Ad - Illegal Immigration
2010 James Lankford Campaign Ad - Illegal Immigration
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: MicEvHill
Sen. James Lankford holds town hall in Broken Arrow
Sen. James Lankford holds town hall in Broken Arrow
Published: 2017/04/18
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Lankford: Americans need to be able to trust that we will hold people accountable
Lankford: Americans need to be able to trust that we will hold people accountable
Published: 2014/06/26
Channel: RepLankford
Senator Lankford Discusses the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Senator Lankford Discusses the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Published: 2015/09/22
Channel: SenatorLankford
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) Speaks During Pro-Life Special Order of Congress
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) Speaks During Pro-Life Special Order of Congress
Published: 2011/01/20
Channel: Susan B. Anthony List
Senator James Lankford on March for Life Rally in Washington D.C.
Senator James Lankford on March for Life Rally in Washington D.C.
Published: 2016/01/22
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
James Lankford Acceptance Speech
James Lankford Acceptance Speech
Published: 2014/11/05
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Senator Lankford Delivers Maiden Speech on Senate Floor
Senator Lankford Delivers Maiden Speech on Senate Floor
Published: 2015/05/07
Channel: SenatorLankford
Sen. James Lankford Speaks on Appeals Court Reaches Decision in Travel Ban Case. #MuslimBan Part 2
Sen. James Lankford Speaks on Appeals Court Reaches Decision in Travel Ban Case. #MuslimBan Part 2
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: Almutaz Bur News Network
Rep. James Lankford: "American Community Survey is Incredibly Invasive"
Rep. James Lankford: "American Community Survey is Incredibly Invasive"
Published: 2012/05/10
Channel: RepLankford
Sen. James Lankford speaks at Oklahoma City bombing memorial remembrance service
Sen. James Lankford speaks at Oklahoma City bombing memorial remembrance service
Published: 2017/04/19
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Senator James Lankford Interview
Senator James Lankford Interview
Published: 2016/01/06
Channel: KJRH -TV | Tulsa | Channel 2
Candidate Interview: Rep. James Lankford (R) OK-SEN
Candidate Interview: Rep. James Lankford (R) OK-SEN
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: Roll Call
Senator Lankford Talks Political Civility & Pres. Trump’s Temporary Travel Ban on CNN
Senator Lankford Talks Political Civility & Pres. Trump’s Temporary Travel Ban on CNN
Published: 2017/02/10
Channel: SenatorLankford
Weekly Republican Address 1/19/13: Rep. James Lankford (R-OK)
Weekly Republican Address 1/19/13: Rep. James Lankford (R-OK)
Published: 2013/01/19
Channel: House Republicans
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James Lankford
James Lankford official Senate photo.jpg
United States Senator
from Oklahoma
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Serving with Jim Inhofe
Preceded by Tom Coburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th district
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded by Mary Fallin
Succeeded by Steve Russell
Personal details
Born James Paul Lankford
(1968-03-04) March 4, 1968 (age 49)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cindy Lankford
Children 2
Education University of Texas, Austin (BS)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv)
Website Senate website

James Paul Lankford (born March 4, 1968) is an American politician who is the junior United States Senator from Oklahoma. A member of the Republican Party,[1][2] he served as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district[3] from 2011 to 2015.

From 1996 to 2009, Lankford was the student ministries and evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and he was director of the Falls Creek youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. He stepped down on September 1, 2009, to run for Congress.[4]

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 special Senate election to succeed Tom Coburn.[5] He subsequently won the June 2014 primary with 57% of the vote, becoming the Republican nominee for the November election. He won with nearly 68% of the vote.

Early life and education[edit]

Lankford was born March 4, 1968 in Dallas, Texas,[6] the son of Linda Joyce (née House) and James Wesley Lankford.[7][8] His mother was an elementary school librarian.[1] His maternal grandparents owned a small dry cleaning business, his father and paternal grandparents a dairy farm. His stepfather was a career employee of AC Delco, the parts division of General Motors.[9]

His parents divorced when he was four; his mother and older brother and he lived for a time in his grandparents' garage apartment. He became a Christian at eight. His mother remarried when he was twelve, and the family moved to Garland with his stepfather.[1] Lankford attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. While at Lakeview Lankford participated in the Close Up Washington civic education program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (specializing in Speech and History) at University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and a master's degree in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994.[1]

Camp program director[edit]

After graduating, he moved to Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where he still lives today. He served with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He became the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the U.S.[4]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

James Lankford

Elections[edit]

2010 election[edit]

After two-term incumbent Republican Mary Fallin announced she was giving up her seat to make what would be a successful run for Governor of Oklahoma, Lankford entered the race to succeed her.[6] He finished first in a seven-way Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—and defeated former State Representative Kevin Calvey in the run off.[citation needed] He then routed Democrat Billy Coyle in the general election, winning with 62.53% of the popular vote.[1][3][6]

2012 election[edit]

Lankford defeated Democrat Tom Guild with 59 percent of the vote. Following the election, he was named chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking position in the House Republican caucus. This is a very senior position for a second-term House member.

Political positions[edit]

Taxes[edit]

Lankford supports simple budget austerity through lowering taxes and reducing government spending.[10] He took the taxpayer protection pledge promising to support no new taxes.[10] He supports the repeal of the income and estate taxes and supports a sales tax to tax consumption and not savings or earnings.[10]

Budget[edit]

Lankford is a supporter of budget austerity and thus supports prioritizing spending if the debt limit is reached and the Cut-Cap-and-Balance Pledge.[10] He also supports a balanced budget amendment and voted to terminate the Home Affordable mortgage Program.[10]

Jobs[edit]

He supports compensatory time-off for overtime workers and received a 100% rating by the CEI, indicating a pro-workplace choice stance.[10]

Gun rights[edit]

Lankford supports loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases.[10] He opposes firearm microstamping, a controversial method of imprinting casings with a unique marking to match it with a specific firearm, and would allow veterans to register unlicensed firearms.[10]

Defense[edit]

Lankford supports extending the Patriot Act and expanding roving wiretaps occurring in the US.[10] Lankford supports the prioritization of security, starting with military bases.[10]

Energy[edit]

He supports expanding exploration of gas and oil both domestically and on the outer continental shelf.[10] He opposes the EPA regulating emission standards as he believes it hinders economic growth.[10]

Environment[edit]

In addition to barring the EPA from regulating emission standards, Lankford believes manure and other fertilizers should not be classified as pollutants or hazardous.[10]

Healthcare[edit]

Lankford has stated his belief that federally funded healthcare is unconstitutional and has made a statement that he will oppose any and all moves for a federal healthcare system.[10] He supported an initiative to allow Medicare choice and also institute budget cuts.[10]

Abortion[edit]

Lankford opposes abortion.[10] He supports banning all federally funded abortions and believes Congress should recognize life at the moment of fertilization.[10] He opposes any federally funded healthcare or coverage programs that allow for abortion, as well as Planned Parenthood and other similar groups.[10] He also opposes forced abortions by the UN Population Fund.[10]

LGBT issues[edit]

Lankford believes marriage is a union between a man and woman. He has also stated that being gay is a choice[11][12] and should not be protected from workplace discrimination.[13] He said he believes the distinction lies in a person's choice to act on their sexual orientation.

Legislation[edit]

As a Representative, Lankford sponsored 20 bills, including:[14]

112th Congress (2011-2012)[edit]

  • H.R. 569, a bill to exclude millionaires from receiving unemployment benefits, introduced February 9, 2011, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 2448
  • H.R. 1585, a bill to allow states not to participate in the Federal-aid highway program, introduced April 15, 2011
  • H.R. 2414, a bill to exempt certain farm vehicles from certain federal motor vehicle regulations, introduced July 6, 2011
  • H.R. 3609, a bill to require government agencies to identify and describe each program they administer, the cost to administer those programs, expenditures for services, the number of program beneficiaries, and the number of employees involved, introduced December 8, 2011, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 1423. H.R. 1423 passed the House but has not become law.
  • H.R. 4259, a bill to expand federal authority over taking action against contractors, grant recipients, and cooperatives that engage in human trafficking, introduced March 26, 2012
  • H.R. 4307, a bill to prohibit the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation from spending funds for cultural preservation outside of the United States, introduced March 29, 2012, reintroduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 2245

113th Congress (2013-2014)[edit]

  • H.R. 3787, a bill to repeal a provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that reduces the cost-of-living-adjustment for the retirement pay of veterans under the age of 62, to prohibit increases in pension payments for retired members of Congress under the age of 62, and to require the Secretaries of Defense and Veteran Affairs to jointly purchased brand-name prescription drugs, introduced December 19, 2013
  • H.R. 4849, a bill to require advanced biofuel, biomass-based diesel, and cellulosic biofuel included in the renewable fuel program to be produced in the United States, introduced June 12, 2014
  • H.R. 5786, a bill to reduce and exempt from certain regulations financial institutions with less than $10 billion in assets, and to require that at least one member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors have experience with such financial institutions, introduced December 3, 2014

Committee assignments[edit]

U.S. Senate[edit]

2014 election[edit]

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 special Senate election to succeed retiring Republican Senator Tom Coburn.[5] Lankford won the June 2014 Republican primary, defeating former state House speaker T.W. Shannon and former state senator Randy Brogdon.[16] Lankford won the election for the unexpired portion of Coburn's Oklahoma U.S. Senate seat defeating retiring state senator Constance N. Johnson by a margin of 557,002, 67.9%, to Johnson's 237,923, 29.0%, with independent candidate Mark Beard collecting 25,965 votes, 3.2% of the total.[17]

Tenure[edit]

Lankford was sworn into office on January 6, 2015 by Vice President Joe Biden.

Committee assignments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Lankford has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 25 years.[2] They have two daughters: Hannah and Jordan.[2] He attends Quail Springs Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma City.[18]

Electoral history[edit]

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District election, 2010[edit]

Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford 18,760 33.58
Republican Kevin Calvey 18,147 32.48
Republican Mike Thompson 10,008 17.91
Republican Shane Jett 5,956 10.66
Republican Johnny Roy 1,548 2.77
Republican Rick Flanigan 762 1.36
Republican Harry Johnson 686 1.23
Total 55,867 100
Republican primary runoff
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford 29,817 65.22
Republican Kevin Calvey 15,902 34.78
Total 45,719 100
General election
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford 123,236 62.52
Democratic Billy Coyle 68,074 34.54
Independent Clark Duffe 3,067 1.56
Independent Dave White 2,728 1.38
Total 197,105 100
Republican hold

Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District election, 2012[edit]

General election
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford (inc.) 153,603 58.70
Democratic Tom Guild 97,504 37.30
Independent Pat Martin 5,394 2.10
Independent Robert Murphy 5,176 2.00
Total 261,677 100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014[edit]

Republican primary
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford 152,749 57.20
Republican T. W. Shannon 91,854 34.40
Republican Randy Brogdon 12,934 4.80
Republican Kevin Crow 2,828 1.10
Republican Andy Craig 2,427 0.90
Republican Eric McCray 2,272 0.90
Republican Jason Weger 1,794 0.70
Total 266,858 100
General election
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford 557,002 67.90
Democratic Connie Johnson 237,923 29.00
Independent Mark T. Beard 25,965 3.20
Total 820,890 100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate election in Oklahoma, 2016[edit]

General election
Party Candidate Votes  %
Republican James Lankford (inc.) 980,892 67.7
Democratic Mike Workman 355,911 24.58
Libertarian Robert Murphy 43,421 3.00
Independent Sean Braddy 40,405 2.79
Independent Mark T. Beard 27,418 1.89
Total 1,448,047 100.00

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Barone, Michael; Chuck McCutcheon (2011). The Almanac of American Politics 2012. Washington, D.C.: National Journal Group. pp. 1331–1333. ISBN 978-0-226-03807-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography Congressman James Lankford". Lankford House website. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Casteel, Chris (November 3, 2010). "Oklahoma elections: Republican James Lankford wins race to succeed Mary Fallin". The Oklahoman. Retrieved November 13, 2013.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "About | James Lankford". JamesLankford.com. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b McCalmont, Lucy (January 20, 2014). "James Lankford announces Senate bid". Politico. 
  6. ^ a b c Ryan, John (October 27, 2010). "James Lankford (R)". National Journal. Archived from the original on November 7, 2010. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V88S-548
  8. ^ http://robbinsandestes.genealogyvillage.com/house.html
  9. ^ Scott, RBH. "Our Campaigns – Candidate – James Lankford". Our Campaigns. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "James Lankford (Republican, district 5)". On the Issues. 
  11. ^ "What The Oklahoma Congressman Who Just Announced A Senate Campaign Thinks About LGBT Americans". 
  12. ^ "Rep. Lankford: Being Gay Is A 'Behavior' & a 'Choice Issue'". 
  13. ^ "James Lankford, GOP Rep, Opposes Laws Against Gay Employee Discrimination". 
  14. ^ "Representative Lankford's Legislation". Library of Congress. Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Archived from the original on October 3, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Parti, Tarini (June 24, 2014). "James Lankford wins Okla. GOP Senate nomination outright". Politico. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  17. ^ [1], Oklahoma State Elections Board, November 4, 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2015.
  18. ^ Staff (5 January 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps.". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on December 26, 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Mary Fallin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 5th congressional district

2011–2015
Succeeded by
Steve Russell
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Preceded by
Tom Price
Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee
2013–2015
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Luke Messer
Preceded by
Tom Coburn
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
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2014, 2016
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Preceded by
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