Senator Lankford Announces Communications Staff Promotions and Hire

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today announced three changes to his communications staff. Kelly Ferguson has been promoted to Deputy Communications Director; Emily Bishop has been promoted to Press Assistant; and Lance Spence has joined the team as the Digital Media Assistant. Ferguson and Spence will be based out of Lankford’s Oklahoma City office, and Bishop will work in Washington, DC.

“I am grateful to Kelly, Lance, and Emily for their willingness to serve in these new roles,” said Lankford. “Their previous experiences working in my office and in the private sector will be helpful to provide access and produce content that will give Oklahomans the opportunity to stay updated with my work from DC and around the state. I’m glad to have them on the team.”

Originally from Edmond, Ferguson has served in several roles since joining Lankford’s staff in 2011. She served as Legislative Correspondent and Communications Director during Lankford’s time in the House and most recently served as Correspondence Editor & Grants Manager since Lankford was elected to the Senate in 2014. A fourth-generation Sooner, Ferguson holds two degrees from OU and prior to her time in Congress, worked in the private sector as a marketing assistant.

Spence is a native of Perkins. Recently, he worked as a Morning News Producer for KOCO 5 News in Oklahoma City. Spence graduated from Oklahoma State University. Spence also worked for OSU Communications and as a freelance videographer for ESPN, ABC, and Fox Sports.

Bishop is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her family moved to Tulsa in 2014. She graduated from Oral Roberts University in May 2018 with a degree in Public Relations. Bishop has served as a Staff Assistant since April 2018 and previously served as a summer intern in Lankford’s office in 2017. 

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