Press Releases

01.20.17

President Obama Signs Senator Lankford Bill Into Law Before Leaving Office

WASHINGTON, DC - In one of his final acts as President of the United States, President Obama today signed into law a bill introduced by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The President signed the TALENT Act, bipartisan legislation to codify the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, making permanent a pathway for government to attract experienced technology entrepreneurs and innovators to public service. The bill, H.R. 39, mirrors legislation introduced in the Senate (S. 2972) by Lankford and Sena… Continue Reading


01.19.17

Lankford Subcommittee Examines Impact of Federal Regulations on Small Business, Finds Reforms Needed

WASHINGTON, DC - The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, under the chairmanship of Senator James Lankford (R-OK), today held a hearing to examine the impact of federal regulations on small businesses. Specifically, the hearing focused on whether the Regulatory Flexibility Act and the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act are adequate to address small business regulatory concerns; and steps that Congress and the new Tr… Continue Reading


01.18.17

Senator Lankford Introduces Scott Pruitt at Nomination Hearing

CLICK HERE to view the video. WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt (R-OK), during his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works. Below is the transcript of the speech: Chairman Barrasso thank you, Ranking Member Carper, Members of the Committee, thank you for allowing me to be able to be here today and introduce my f… Continue Reading


01.17.17

Senator Lankford Meets with Housing and Urban Development Nominee Dr. Ben Carson

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with former pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. "It was a pleasure to meet with Dr. Ben Carson today to discuss his vision for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and its ability to help people," said Lankford. "Dr. Carson's focus is on transitioning HUD into an agency that helps people escape poverty, rather than just survive in it… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Senator Lankford, Congressman Wenstrup Introduce Resolutions to Block DC Bill Authorizing Physician-Assisted Suicide

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (OK) and Congressman Brad Wenstrup (OH-02) today introduced companion resolutions of disapproval to overturn "The Death with Dignity Act of 2015" (Act 21-577), which legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the District of Columbia. "If assisted suicide becomes legal, some people's lives will be ended without their consent, through mistakes and abuse. No safeguards have ever been enacted or even proposed that can prevent this outcome," said Lankford. "Was… Continue Reading


01.12.17

Senator Lankford Supports Committee Confirmation of Rep Mike Pompeo for CIA Director

CLICK HERE to view Lankford's Q&A with Rep. Pompeo WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) during his nomination hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. "Mike Pompeo's impressive resume, years of military and private-sector experience and service on the House Intelligence Committee, makes him a distinctively qualif… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Lankford Letter - 2016 Annual Activity Report

CLICK HERE for the January 11, 2017 Annual Activity Report Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


01.11.17

Senator Lankford’s Office Releases 2016 Activity Report

WASHINGTON, DC - The Office of Senator James Lankford today released a memo detailing the activities and accomplishments of the Senator's service to Oklahoma in 2016. A PDF of the memo is available here, and the full text is below: TO: ALL RESIDENTS OF OKLAHOMA FROM: GREG SLAVONIC (REAR ADMIRAL NAVY-RETIRED), CHIEF-OF-STAFF, SENATOR LANKFORD SUBJECT: OFFICE OF SENATOR JAMES LANKFORD ANNUAL ACTIVITY REPORT DATE: JANUARY 11, … Continue Reading


01.10.17

Senator Lankford Supports Confirmation of Homeland Security Secretary Nominee General John Kelly

CLICK HERE to view Lankford's Q&A with Gen. Kelly WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today questioned President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, General John F. Kelly (Ret., USMC) during his nomination hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "With all the instability around the world, we need a strong leader at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security," said Lankford. "Wit… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Senator Lankford Meets with Budget Nominee Rep. Mick Mulvaney

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with Congressman Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the director of the Office of Management and Budget. "Mick Mulvaney shares my commitment to address the debt and to reduce the burdensome regulations that plague US economic growth," said Lankford. "I look forward to Mick's confirmation hearings, and I am encouraged that he will make it through the process. The nation's $20 trillion debt, and the problems… Continue Reading


01.09.17

Senator Lankford, Randy Forbes Announce Rep. Mark Walker as New Co-Chair of Congressional Prayer Caucus

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressional Prayer Caucus co-chairman Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and former Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) today announced that Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) will serve as the new House co-chair of the Caucus. Rep. Walker will assume the leadership role previously held by Forbes, who founded the Caucus in 2005 to protect the right of individuals to pray and practice their faith freely. "Our nation was founded on the solid conviction that all men were endowed by their Creator with cer… Continue Reading


01.05.17

Senator Lankford Meets with Homeland Security Secretary Nominee General John Kelly

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today met with retired General John F. Kelly, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to be the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "Our national security is a priority that we need to take very seriously" said Lankford. "We need a strong leader at the Homeland Security Department, a person who will help protect America against terrorism and secure our borders. It was a pleasure to meet with General John Kelly to learn more about his … Continue Reading


01.04.17

Senator Lankford Supports Resolution to Repeal Obamacare

WASHINGTON, DC -Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today released a statement following a procedural vote to begin the process to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare: "Oklahomans have seen first-hand the devastation caused by the impact of Obamacare. Last year, the Obama administration announced a 25 percent increase in premiums across the nation. The news for our state was much worse. Oklahoma will see a rise of 76 percent with only one health insurer to offer plans through the … Continue Reading


01.04.17

Senator Lankford’s Taxpayers Right To Know Act Passes The House Unanimously

WASHINGTON, DC - The Taxpayers Right To Know Act, a transparency bill championed by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) for several years, passed the House of Representatives today by voice vote, on the second day of the new 115th Congress. "I applaud the House for quickly passing the Taxpayers Right To Know Act." said Lankford. "The American people deserve to know more about how their tax dollars are being spent and this legislation will do that. The Taxpayers Right To Know Act will require the fed… Continue Reading


01.03.17

Senator Lankford Sworn-In for 115th Congress

WASHINGTON, DC - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) was sworn-in today as a United States Senator from Oklahoma for the 115th Congress. Today's swearing-in officially begins Lankford's first full six-year term after being reelected on November 8, 2016. "I am incredibly grateful for the honor to represent the state of Oklahoma as one of its United States Senators," said Lankford. "The people of Oklahoma have entrusted me to serve in this capacity on their behalf, and I hope to make all Oklahomans pr… Continue Reading


12.20.16

Senator Lankford Leads Congressional Delegation Trip to Turkey, Kosovo and South Korea

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today returned to the United States after leading a congressional delegation trip to Turkey, Kosovo, and South Korea. Lankford traveled abroad from December 14 to December 20 and was joined by Congressmen Steve Russell (OK-05) and Markwayne Mullin (OK-02). The purpose of the trip was to visit deployed Oklahoma National Guard troops in Kosovo, and meet with foreign leaders and military personnel in Turkey and South Korea regarding regional securit… Continue Reading


12.17.16

President Obama Signs International Religious Freedom Bill Co-Sponsored by Senator Lankford

WASHINGTON, DC - On Friday, President Obama signed the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, a bill co-sponsored by Senator James Lankford (R-OK). The law aims to strengthen the United States' effort to combat persecution of religious minorities around the world. "Religious freedom is more than an American right; it is a human right," said Lankford. "The Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act is needed to help prevent the persecution of religious minorities around the world… Continue Reading


12.16.16

Lankford Letter - December 16

CLICK HERE for the December 16, 2016 Lankford Letter.… Continue Reading


12.15.16

President Obama Signs Senator Lankford D.C. Transparency Bill Into Law

WASHINGTON, DC - On Wednesday, President Obama signed into law a bill that was written by Senator James Lankford - the District of Columbia Judicial Financial Transparency Act. This law increases judicial transparency for Washington, DC court judges by requiring they meet the same financial disclosure thresholds as federal judges, and it modernizes multiple court functions. Lankford introduced the Senate version of this bill in May of 2016. "I am pleased that this judicial transparency bill ha… Continue Reading


12.13.16

Senate Judiciary Chairman Recommends Criminal Investigation Into Planned Parenthood

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today applauded Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's (R-IA) decision to refer the Planned Parenthood Federation of America to the FBI and the Department of Justice for investigation and possible prosecution. The Committee today released a detailed report about Planned Parenthood's harvesting of human tissue and its potential failed or lack of compliance with the law. "I am pleased that Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley has asked the Just… Continue Reading

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