Oklahoma City, OK – James Lankford, U.S. Representative of Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District and Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, announced today that he will seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by long-time U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D.
Senator Coburn announced last Friday that he would resign in order to spend more time with his family.
“Dr. Coburn has been a friend and example to me from the beginning of my public service three years ago,” said Lankford.
“For 15 years, Dr. Coburn truly filled the role of Servant-Leader and citizen legislator. He closely evaluated each bill and believed that it was his responsibility to expose government waste and the rampant abuse of political power,” said Lankford. “Dr. Coburn was never afraid to fight against wasteful spending and irresponsible legislation that lacked a clear, beneficial and constitutional purpose, even if that stand made him unpopular at times in Washington, D.C. But, history will show that the stand this honorable man from Muskogee made for his state and his country was always in the best interest of the next generation.”
“This is a very difficult time in the history of our nation. Crushing government debt, a federal takeover of health care, Presidential over reach, increasing regulations and a stagnant economy are all stealing away the American dream from our families. After a great deal of thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I feel led to continue my Oklahoma common sense and principled approach to attack the deep problems in the United States Senate,” announced Lankford.
“The Senate is the most contentious body in our government today. Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats continue to divide America for political gain. The problems that we face as a nation will not be solved by yelling louder, they will be resolved when we put forward clear conservative solutions that the American people overwhelming support,” said Lankford.
“I am willing to wage a hard-fought campaign for the opportunity to continue Dr. Coburn’s conservative legacy. I humbly ask for your vote in the primary election on June 24th and your support by joining our campaign team,” concluded Lankford.
About Congressman Lankford
James Lankford is a candidate in the special election to fill the remainder of Dr. Tom Coburn’s term in U.S. Senate after Coburn announced January 17, 2014 that he would seek to retire before the end of his second term.
Lankford was first elected to the United States Congress on November 2, 2010. James serves on the House Committees on Budget and Oversight & Government Reform, where he is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements. James was also elected Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee for the 113th Congress.
James Lankford received a Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary, associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1994 before going on to become the Program Director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian youth camp in the United States.
While serving in Congress, James continues to work diligently studying each issue facing Congress and its impact on families in Oklahoma. He has earned the respect of his colleagues on budget issues. James also emerged as a leader in fighting government regulations that are suffocating business today. From EPA regulations on the energy industry to the negative impact of regulations on banks and financial institutions, Congressman Lankford is fighting for prosperity in Oklahoma and our nation. He is dedicated to freeing up business to grow and add jobs to our sagging economy.
James has been married to his wife Cindy for 21 years. Together, they have two daughters: Hannah and Jordan.