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Rep. James Lankford (R)

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Address: 1015 North Broadway Avenue, Oklahoma City OK 73102-5849

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James Lankford Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Oklahoma 5
  • Born: Mar. 04, 1968, Dallas, TX
  • Home: Edmond
  • Education:

    U. of TX, B.S. 1990; Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary, M.Div. 1994.

  • Professional Career:

    Youth dir., Baptist Gen. Convention of TX, 1990-95; youth camp dir., Baptist Gen. Convention of OK, 1995-2009.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Christian

  • Family: Married (Cindy); 2 children

Republican James Lankford, elected in 2010 to replace GOP Rep. Mary Fallin after she successfully ran for governor, came to Congress with no political experience. But he quickly won praise for eloquence and smarts and in 2013 shot to the chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee, the House GOP’s fifth-ranking leadership post. His ascension continued after he won a June 2014 primary to become the all-but-certain successor to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Read More

Republican James Lankford, elected in 2010 to replace GOP Rep. Mary Fallin after she successfully ran for governor, came to Congress with no political experience. But he quickly won praise for eloquence and smarts and in 2013 shot to the chairmanship of the Republican Policy Committee, the House GOP’s fifth-ranking leadership post. His ascension continued after he won a June 2014 primary to become the all-but-certain successor to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.

Lankford grew up impoverished in Dallas. His parents divorced when he was only 4 years old and he, his mother, and his older brother were forced to move into the garage behind his grandparents’ house. Lankford says he became a follower of Christ when he was 8 years old, and that his religion has helped him endure tough times since then. When he was 12, his mother, an elementary school librarian, remarried and the family moved to Garland, a Dallas suburb.

Lankford went on to graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in secondary education, specializing in speech and history. He then attended the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he earned a master’s degree in divinity. In 1995, Lankford moved to Oklahoma City and began working for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. A year later, he was made director of the Falls Creek Christian youth summer camp, which touts itself as the largest summer camp in the country. He was in charge of organizing and coordinating activities for more than 50,000 campers each summer. He served there until 2009, when he resigned to run for Congress.

Lankford announced on Facebook that he was running for Fallin’s open seat and he used the social networking site as a messaging tool. In the Republican primary in July, former state Rep. Kevin Calvey had the backing of national Republicans, but Lankford was able to keep pace with him in fundraising. With grassroots support largely among Christians, Lankford came out ahead in the initial voting with 34% to Calvey’s 32%. In the August runoff, Lankford won a stunning 65%. He benefited in part from an endorsement from The Oklahoman, which described him as “a solid conservative but not a reactionary. He doesn’t substitute ideology for intelligence.”

After the runoff, Lankford made headlines when he began taking a salary out of campaign funds, citing dwindling family resources. Federal regulations permit primary winners to be paid from campaign money if the payments are no more than they received from their jobs in the previous year or no more than the office that they’re seeking pays, whichever is less.

Lankford’s Democratic opponent was lawyer Billy Coyle, an Oklahoma City attorney and former Marine sergeant. He sought to distance himself from the Obama administration in an attempt to win support in this conservative district, but was badly underfunded. He raised $363,000 to Lankford’s $1.2 million. Lankford won easily, 62.5% to 34.5%.

In the House, Lankford was given a seat on the Oversight and Government Reform panel and won committee passage of several bills, including a measure setting new standards to promote transparency in the awarding of federal grants. On the Budget Committee, he became a firm supporter of Chairman Paul Ryan’s push to cut spending. And on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he became heavily involved in negotiations over a two-year surface transportation bill. Politico in December 2011 named him, along with California Democrat Karen Bass, as the freshman “most likely to succeed,” citing his effectiveness as a disciplined conservative voice despite his unlikely resume.

Lankford had no difficulty winning reelection, dispatching Democrat Tom Guild 59%-37%. When Georgia’s Tom Price decided against running again for the Policy Committee chairmanship to make a bid for GOP Conference chairman, Lankford quietly lined up support from colleagues to make his case that the leadership needed some fresh blood. He was elected without opposition and promptly began seeking to help his party shape its post-election message as the head of its internal idea factory.

When Coburn announced in January 2014 that he would resign at the end of the 113th Congress rather than serve the final two years of his term, Lankford jumped into the race, saying that he hoped "to continue Dr. Coburn's conservative legacy." He already had shown an interest in continuing some of Coburn's populist priorities, introducing a bill to end unemployment insurance eligibility for millionaires that Coburn had sponsored in 2011.

Despite his earlier backing from tea party interests, Lankford rankled some in the movement for joining the GOP leadership and for voting in favor of raising the federal debt ceiling. Several of the tea party's most visible figures, such as Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, coalesced around another Republican -- former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, an African-American who also is a member of the Chickasaw tribe. "The Democrats accuse us of not embracing diversity? Oh, my goodness. He is it. He is the whole package," Palin said at an April rally on behalf of Shannon.

Lankford, however, drew on his long-standing support from the state's Baptist community while snaring an endorsement from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. And he had at least the tacit backing of Coburn. The incumbent senator had vowed to stay out of the race, but issued a statement in June calling Lankford "a man of absolute integrity." The Oklahoma GOP primary was held the same day as a much higher-profile runoff election in Mississippi featuring Sen. Thad Cochran against GOP challenger Chris McDaniel, which diverted some of the tea party's attention away from Shannon.

Lankford ended up winning 57 percent of the primary vote to Shannon's 34 percent, easily exceeding the 50-percent margin that would have triggered a runoff. In solidly conservative Oklahoma, his victory in November appears all but assured. 

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James Lankford Election Results
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2012 General
James Lankford (R)
Votes: 153,603
Percent: 58.7%
Tom Guild (D)
Votes: 97,504
Percent: 37.26%
Pat Martin (I)
Votes: 5,394
Percent: 2.06%
2012 Primary
James Lankford (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (63%)
James Lankford Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 34 (L) : 65 (C) 20 (L) : 78 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 18 (L) : 80 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 15 (L) : 77 (C) 16 (L) : 81 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 20.0 (L) : 80.0 (C) 19.2 (L) : 80.8 (C) 18.5 (L) : 81.5 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV99
CFG7780
ITIC-75
NTU7978
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ACLU-0
ACU8484
ADA00
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Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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James Lankford Leadership Staff
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Taylor, Meg
Director, New Media
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Taylor, Meg
Director, New Media
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