James Lankford

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James Lankford
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United States Senator
from Oklahoma
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Servingwith Jim Inhofe
Preceded by Tom Coburn
Ranking Member of the Senate Ethics Committee
Designate
Assumed office
TBD
(no sooner than January 20, 2021)
Preceded by Chris Coons
Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee
In office
December 19, 2019 
(no later than January 20, 2021)
Preceded by Johnny Isakson
Succeeded by Chris Coons
Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee
In office
January 3, 2013 January 3, 2015
Leader John Boehner
Preceded by Tom Price [1]
Succeeded by Luke Messer
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
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 52)
Dallas, Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Cindy Hennessey
(m. 1992)
Children2
Education University of Texas, Austin (BSc)
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.)
Website Senate website

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

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From 1996 to 2009, Lankford was the student ministries and evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and director of the youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma.

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 U.S. Senate special election following Tom Coburn's resignation from the Senate. He won the June 2014 primary with 57% of the vote, becoming the Republican nominee. He won the special election with nearly 68% of the vote and was elected to the balance of Coburn's term. He was reelected in 2016, again with nearly 68% of the vote.

Early life, education and career

Lankford was born March 4, 1968, in Dallas, Texas, [2] the son of Linda Joyce (née House) and James Wesley Lankford. [3] [4] His mother was an elementary school librarian. [5] His maternal grandparents owned a small dry-cleaning business, his father and paternal grandparents a dairy farm. [6] His stepfather was a career employee of AC Delco, the parts division of General Motors. [6]

His parents divorced when he was four; he lived with his mother and older brother 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, Texas, with his stepfather. [5]

Lankford attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. While there, he 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. [5] He was a substitute teacher and speech team assistant teacher at Pflugerville High School in 1991.[ citation needed ]

After graduating, Lankford moved to Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where he still lives. He worked for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. From 1996 to 2005, he was the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the U.S. [7] [8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2010 election

After two-term incumbent Republican Mary Fallin announced she was giving up her seat to run for governor of Oklahoma, Lankford entered the race to succeed her. [2] He finished first in a seven-way Republican primary—the important contest in this heavily Republican district—and defeated former State Representative Kevin Calvey in the runoff. [9] He then defeated Democrat Billy Coyle in the general election with 62.53% of the vote. [5] [10] [2]

2012 election

Lankford defeated Democrat Tom Guild with 59% 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, an unusually senior position for a second-term House member.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

Elections

2014

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 Senate special election to succeed retiring Republican Senator Tom Coburn. [12] Lankford won the June 2014 Republican primary, defeating former state House speaker T.W. Shannon and former state senator Randy Brogdon. [13] In November, Lankford won the election for the final two years of Coburn's second term, defeating retiring state senator Constance N. Johnson by 319,079 votes, with 557,002 (67.9%) to Johnson's 237,923 (29.0%). Independent candidate Mark Beard won the remaining 25,965 votes (3.2%). [14]

2016

Lankford was elected to a full six-year term in the Senate at the 2016 Oklahoma United States Senate election, defeating Democratic consultant Mike Workman with 67.7 percent of the vote. As in 2014, he won in a landslide, carrying every county in the state.

Tenure

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

On December 21, 2017, Lankford was one of six senators to introduce the Secure Elections Act, legislation authorizing block grants to states to update outdated voting technology as well as form a program for an independent panel of experts that would work toward the development of cybersecurity guidelines for election systems that states could then implement, along with offering states resources to install the recommendations. [15]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Taxes

Lankford supports budget austerity through lowering taxes and reducing government spending. [16] He took the taxpayer protection pledge promising to support no new taxes. [16] He supports the repeal of the income and estate taxes and supports a sales tax to tax consumption and not savings or earnings. [16]

Guns

In 2014, Lankford was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and had an "A" rating for his consistent support of pro-gun legislation. [17] [18] Lankford supports loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases. [16] 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. [16]

After the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in which the perpetrator used a Smith & Wesson M&P15 AR-15 style rifle to kill 17 and wound 17 others, Lankford said on NBC News' Meet the Press he was open to requiring more comprehensive background checks for firearm purchases, saying, "The problem is not owning an AR-15, it’s the person who owns it.” [19] [20] [21]

Defense

Lankford supports extending the Patriot Act and expanding roving wiretaps occurring in the US. [16] He supports the prioritization of security, starting with military bases. [16]

Environment

Lankford supports expanding exploration of gas and oil both domestically and on the outer continental shelf. [16] He opposes the Environmental Protection Agency regulating emission standards as he believes it hinders economic growth. [16] Lankford believes manure and other fertilizers should not be classified as pollutants or hazardous. [16]

Lankford rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, calling it a "myth." [22] In 2018, he strongly criticized the National Science Foundation for funding projects that seek to increase reporting on climate change in weathercasts, saying it "is not science—it is propagandizing." [23] [24]

Healthcare

Lankford opposes the Affordable Care Act and has voted to repeal it. [25] [26] In a 2017 Facebook post, he claimed "Since 2013, a majority of states are seeing premiums and costs double, including states that expanded Medicaid". [27]

Lankford has stated his belief that federally funded health insurance is unconstitutional and that he will oppose any and all moves for a federal healthcare system. [16] He supported an initiative to allow Medicare choice and institute budget cuts. [16]

Abortion

Lankford opposes abortion. [16] He believes Congress should recognize life at the moment of fertilization. [16] He opposes any federally funded programs that allow for abortion, as well as Planned Parenthood and other similar groups. [16]

LGBT rights

Lankford has largely opposed legislation promoting LGBT rights. He opposes same-sex marriage. In the early days of his 2010 campaign for the House of Representatives, Lankford disparaged the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded hate crime legislation to include greater penalties for hate crimes motivated by the victim's sexual orientation or race. [28]

Lankford supported Oklahoma Question 711, a statewide constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions that passed in 2004 with 75% of the vote and remained law until it was challenged in court and struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional in 2014. Lankford lambasted the decision, saying that "marriage is a state issue and Oklahoma has spoken." [28] He also endorsed the Defense of Marriage Act and condemned the 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the law.

Lankford has defended businesses and individuals opposing LGBT rights, including Chick-fil-A in the wake of its denunciation over donations to groups opposing same-sex marriage, and Phil Robertson after he was suspended from Duck Dynasty in 2013 following comments regarded as anti-LGBT and racist. Lankford attacked A&E for suspending Robertson, writing that Robertson "should be able to speak his views without fear of being silenced." [28]

In 2012, five days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the first sitting U.S. president to do so, Lankford told a ThinkProgress interviewer that he believed homosexuality is a choice and that employers should be allowed to terminate workers for their sexual orientation: "I think it's a choice issue." After LGBT advocates condemned his statements, Lankford defended himself on local television, reiterating his view that homosexuality is a choice. [29] [30] [31]

After the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Alliance Defending Freedom an anti-LGBT hate group, Lankford criticized the designation and defended the ADF, which had described same-sex marriage as a threat to "healthy, free and stable society." [32] [33]

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest organization advocating for LGBT rights in the United States, included Lankford in its 2016 "Congressional Hall of Shame" along with Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz. [34]

Human rights

In August 2018, Lankford, Marco Rubio and 15 other lawmakers urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in western China's Xinjiang region. [35] They wrote: "The detention of as many as a million or more Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in "political reeducation” centers or camps requires a tough, targeted, and global response." [36]

Race relations

In June 2020, Lankford criticized President Trump's decision to walk to the St John's Episcopal Church near the White House, calling it "confrontational". In a BBC interview he said that racism passes on from one generation to the next, and he challenged families to invite a family of a different ethnicity to their home for a meal, to "allow friendship to develop where there has only been friendliness in the past". [37]

2020 election

After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede, Lankford said he would intervene and ensure that Biden, the incoming president, would receive intelligence briefings. Shortly thereafter, he backtracked, said the media had twisted his words, and said "I'm not in a hurry, necessarily, to get Joe Biden these briefings." [38] On January 2, 2021, Lankford joined a group of Republican senators attempting to overturn the results of the presidential election by announcing they would refuse to certify the votes of the electoral college. [39] Lankford later apologized to his black constituents for his involvement in casting doubt on votes from predominantly black communities in several swing states. [40]

Personal life

Lankford and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters. [41] He attends Quail Springs Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma City. [42]

Electoral history

Oklahoma's 5th congressional district election, 2010

Republican primary
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford18,76033.58
Republican Kevin Calvey18,14732.48
Republican Mike Thompson10,00817.91
Republican Shane Jett5,95610.66
Republican Johnny Roy1,5482.77
Republican Rick Flanigan7621.36
Republican Harry Johnson6861.23
Total55,867100
Republican primary runoff
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford29,81765.22
Republican Kevin Calvey15,90234.78
Total45,719100
General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford123,23662.52
Democratic Billy Coyle68,07434.54
Independent Clark Duffe3,0671.56
Independent Dave White2,7281.38
Total197,105100
Republican hold

Oklahoma's 5th congressional district election, 2012

General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford (Incumbent)153,60358.70
Democratic Tom Guild97,50437.30
Independent Pat Martin5,3942.10
Independent Robert Murphy5,1762.00
Total261,677100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Republican primary
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford152,74957.20
Republican T. W. Shannon91,85434.40
Republican Randy Brogdon12,9344.80
Republican Kevin Crow2,8281.10
Republican Andy Craig2,4270.90
Republican Eric McCray2,2720.90
Republican Jason Weger1,7940.70
Total266,858100
General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford557,00267.90
Democratic Connie Johnson 237,92329.00
Independent Mark T. Beard25,9653.20
Total820,890100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate election in Oklahoma, 2016

General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican James Lankford (Incumbent)980,89267.7
Democratic Mike Workman355,91124.58
Libertarian Robert Murphy43,4213.00
Independent Sean Braddy40,4052.79
Independent Mark T. Beard27,4181.89
Total1,448,047100.00
Republican hold

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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
Party political offices
Preceded by
Tom Price
Chair of the House Republican Policy Committee
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Luke Messer
Preceded by
Tom Coburn
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
(Class 3)

2014, 2016
Most recent
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Tom Coburn
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Oklahoma
2015–present
Served alongside: Jim Inhofe
Incumbent
Preceded by
Johnny Isakson
Chair of the Senate Ethics Committee
2019–present
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bill Cassidy
United States Senators by seniority
67th
Succeeded by
Tom Cotton