Difference between revisions of "James Lankford"

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
(References)
 
(123 intermediate revisions by 15 users not shown)
Line 5: Line 5:
 
|Position = U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 5
 
|Position = U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 5
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure = 2011-Present
+
|Tenure = January 3, 2011-Present
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
 +
|Next election =
 
|Assumed office = 2011
 
|Assumed office = 2011
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Predecessor = [[Mary Fallin]] (R)
 
|Predecessor = [[Mary Fallin]] (R)
 +
|Current candidacy = Senate, Oklahoma
 +
|Current candidacy election date = November 4, 2014
 
|Leadership =
 
|Leadership =
 
|Years leadership =
 
|Years leadership =
Line 23: Line 26:
 
|Per diem =
 
|Per diem =
 
|Pension =
 
|Pension =
|Last election = [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
+
|Last election = [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]
 +
|Cost per vote 2012 = $5.31
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|First elected = November 2, 2010
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
 
 
|Campaign $=1,401,055
 
|Campaign $=1,401,055
 
|Prior office =
 
|Prior office =
Line 39: Line 42:
 
|Associate's =
 
|Associate's =
 
|Bachelor's = University of Texas
 
|Bachelor's = University of Texas
|Master's =
+
|Master's =  
 
|J.D. =
 
|J.D. =
 
|Ph.D. =
 
|Ph.D. =
Line 52: Line 55:
 
|Place of birth = Dallas, Texas
 
|Place of birth = Dallas, Texas
 
|Profession = Youth Camp Director
 
|Profession = Youth Camp Director
|Net worth = $168,010
+
|Net worth = $235,009.50
 
|Religion = Christian
 
|Religion = Christian
 
|Office website = http://lankford.house.gov/
 
|Office website = http://lankford.house.gov/
Line 58: Line 61:
 
|Personal website =
 
|Personal website =
 
}}
 
}}
{{tnr}}'''James Lankford''' (b. March 4, 1968) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oklahoma]]. Lankford was first elected by the voters of [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district]] in 2010. Lankford ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.
+
{{tnr}}'''James Lankford''' (b. March 4, 1968, in Dallas, [[Texas]]) is a member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oklahoma]]. Lankford was first elected by the voters of [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District]] in 2010.  
 +
 
 +
Lankford is running for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the retirement of [[Tom Coburn]] (R).<ref name="run">[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/james-lankford-tom-coburn-senate-seat-102384.html ''Politico'', "James Lankford announces Senate bid," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref><ref name="rumor">[http://atr.rollcall.com/congressman-to-seek-coburn-senate-seat-per-report/ ''Roll Call'', "Lankford Seeks Senate as Cole Declines in Oklahoma," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref> Lankford won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.<ref name=apsen>[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/OK_US_Senate_0624.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014]</ref>
 +
 
 +
Lankford most recently won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012, and he defeated [[Tom Guild]] (D), [[Robert T. Murphy]] (L) and [[Pat Martin]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
  
 
{{Introanalysis
 
{{Introanalysis
Line 69: Line 76:
  
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
Lankford was born in Dallas, [[Texas]]. He earned his B.S. from the University of [[Texas]] in 1990 and his M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1994.
+
Lankford was born in Dallas, [[Texas]]. He earned his B.S. from the University of [[Texas]] in 1990 and his M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1994. Before entering politics, Lankford was the director of Falls Creek Youth Camp from 1996 to 2009.<ref name=bio>[http://jameslankford.com/biography/ ''James Lankford U.S. Senate'', "Biography," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*2011-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district]]
 
 
*1996-2009: Director of a youth camp
 
*1996-2009: Director of a youth camp
 +
*2011-Present: [[U.S. House of Representatives]], [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District]]
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Lankford serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress]</ref>
+
Lankford serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
Line 84: Line 91:
  
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Lankford served on the following committees:<ref>[http://lankford.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=855&Itemid=100067 ''Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma'' "Committees and Caucuses"]</ref>
+
Lankford served on the following committees:<ref>[http://lankford.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=855&Itemid=100067 ''Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma'', "Committees and Caucuses"]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Budget|Committee on Budget]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform|Committee on Oversight and Government Reform]]
Line 92: Line 99:
 
**Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
 
**Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
 
**Subcommittee on Aviation
 
**Subcommittee on Aviation
 +
 +
==Key votes==
 +
===113th Congress===
 +
[[File:CongressLogo.png|100px|left|link=Portal:Congress]]
 +
{{113thVotes
 +
|Lastname=Lankford
 +
|Passed=22
 +
|Total=4315
 +
|Date=August 1, 2013
 +
|Sen=
 +
|SenTotal=
 +
|Ref=<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/Resumes/current.pdf ''Congressional Record'', "Resume of Congressional Activity," accessed August 1, 2013]</ref>
 +
}}
 +
 +
====National security====
 +
=====NDAA=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45512#.UjdO8j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
=====DHS Appropriations=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44545#.UjdO9j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
=====CISPA (2013)=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43791#.UjdO-j9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
====Economy====
 +
=====Government shutdown=====
 +
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 +
{{Yea vote}}
 +
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. [[Harry Reid]] rejected the call to conference.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Lankford voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
{{Nay vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|Senate]]. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from [[Republican]] members. Lankford voted against HR 2775.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
=====Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42596#.UjdQCD9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
====Immigration====
 +
=====Morton Memos Prohibition=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:hamdt136: ''The Library of Congress'', "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref> The vote largely followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/44693#.UjdQYz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
====Healthcare====
 +
=====Health Care Reform Rules=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45799#.UjdQtz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
====Social issues====
 +
=====Abortion=====
 +
{{Yea vote}} Lankford voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45098#.UjdRJz9-q1c ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013]</ref>
 +
 +
====Government affairs====
 +
=====HR 676=====
 +
{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Lankford}}
 +
 +
===Previous congressional sessions===
 +
====Fiscal cliff====
 +
{{Nay vote}} Lankford voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
===Political positions===
+
===On The Issues Vote Match===
A February 2012 analysis by ''National Journal'' found that out of the 435 members of the House of Representatives, Lankford ranks number 62 in conservative rankings. The ranking means Lankford is the 62nd most conservative member of the House. <ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House" Accessed June 16, 2012]</ref>
+
[[File:s030_090.gif|right|290px|thumb|Lankford's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
===Specific votes===
+
:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
====Fiscal Cliff====
+
''On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/Quiz/Quiz2012.asp?quiz=Pres2012 VoteMatch] analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Lankford is a '''Libertarian-Leaning Conservative.''' Lankford received a score of 25 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
{{Oppose vote}}
+
 
Lankford voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels.  He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
+
{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Lankford|Date=2014|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://Senate.OnTheIssues.org/Senate/James_Lankford.htm ''On The Issues'', "Lankford Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014]</ref>
 +
|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
 +
|Hiring= Strongly Opposes
 +
|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
 +
|God= Strongly Favors
 +
|ObamaCare=Strongly Opposes
 +
|Social Security= Unknown
 +
|School Choice= Strongly Favors
 +
|Animals=Strongly Favors
 +
|Crime= Unknown
 +
|Guns= Strongly Favors
 +
|Taxes=Strongly Opposes
 +
|Citizenship=Strongly Opposes
 +
|Free Trade= Unknown
 +
|United Nations=Strongly Favors
 +
|Military=Strongly Favors
 +
|Campaign Funds= Unknown
 +
|Iran=Strongly Opposes
 +
|Energy=Strongly Opposes
 +
|Marijuana=Unknown
 +
|Stimulus=Opposes
 +
}}
 +
 
 +
===2014 SOTU address===
 +
Lankford characterized President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address as, "an intentional provocation of congressional Republicans" and called the speech an empty attempt to rally his liberal base.<ref name="sotu">[http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2014/01/lankford-obama-speech-goading-gop-182206.html ''Politico'', "Lankford: Obama speech 'goading' GOP," accessed January 29, 2014]</ref>
 +
 
 +
"In some ways he’s goading us, he’s going back to his base. Most of the proposals he’s laying out he already has statutory authority to do, he’s just trying to charge up his base,” Lankford said.<ref name="sotu"/>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 +
===2014===
 +
:: ''See also: [[United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014]]''
 +
 +
Lankford is running for [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] in the [[United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014|special election]] for the seat left vacant by the retirement of [[Tom Coburn]] (R).<ref name="run"/><ref name="rumor"/>
 +
In a statement announcing his decision to run on January 20, 2014, Lankford pointed to the health care law and the national debt as reasons for his bid.<ref name="bid">[http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/01/20/rep_lankford_to_seek_coburns_senate_seat_121292.html ''Real Clear Politics'', "Rep. Lankford to seek Coburn's Senate seat," accessed January 20, 2014]</ref>
 +
 +
“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," Lankford said. “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 overwhelmingly support.”<ref name="bid"/>
 +
 +
Lankford defeated [[T.W. Shannon]], [[Jason Weger]], [[Kevin Crow]], [[Randy Brogdon]], [[Eric McCray]] and [[Andy Craig]] in the [[Republican]] primary on June 24, 2014.<ref name=ap/> The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
 +
{{Oksen2GOPprimary2014}}
 +
 +
====Media====
 +
=====James Lankford=====
 +
{|
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=W0k3iU-8-sQ|size=250|caption=James Lankford, "Let's Go Take Our Country Back."}}
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=OUQNeAALw1w|size=250|caption=James Lankford, "Trust."}}
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=8cJNydKmkd0|size=250|caption=James Lankford, "Already Fighting for Oklahoma."}}
 +
|}
 +
 +
=====T.W. Shannon=====
 +
{|
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=j28CJZtkw_k|size=250|caption=T.W. Shannon, "The Dignity of Work."}}
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=GxeDxopOqlw|size=250|caption=T.W. Shannon, "Ethics & Integrity."}}
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=CPlgiBdExsY|size=250|caption=T.W. Shannon, "New Direction."}}
 +
|}
 +
 +
=====[[Senate Conservatives Fund]]=====
 +
{|
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=BOJh__FIPj4|size=250|caption=Senate Conservatives Fund, "New Generation."}}
 +
|}
 +
 +
=====Foundation for Economic Prosperity=====
 +
{|
 +
|
 +
{{youtube|title=oEGWqmGOOAE|size=250|caption=Foundation for Economic Prosperity, "Tested and Proven."}}
 +
|}
 +
 +
=====Ad controversy=====
 +
'''Coburn statement'''<br>
 +
In recent weeks, the pro-Shannon group, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, and the pro-Lankford group, Foundation for Economic Prosperity, have released negative ads disparaging each of the candidates vying for Sen. Coburn’s seat. Coburn released the following statement about the growing negativity in the race: “When the U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma began, I made a private commitment to James Lankford and T.W. Shannon that I would call out any ads I saw as untruthful. Last week I spoke out against political advertisements in Oklahoma unfairly and inaccurately attacking James Lankford. To be fair, I must also comment on the equally disappointing negative advertisements airing in the state by the Foundation for Economic Prosperity, Inc. attacking T.W. Shannon. They are wrong and should be rejected by Oklahomans. The negative on-air advertisements and untruthful mail pieces against both Lankford and Shannon should stop. This race should be about the urgent threats to our future well-being, not the political goals of outside interest groups.”<ref>[http://newsok.com/lankford-features-coburn-in-new-ad-coburn-calls-out-pro-lankford-group/article/4929039?custom_click=rss ''NewsOk.com'', "Lankford features Coburn in new ad; Coburn calls out pro-Lankford group," accessed June 19, 2014]</ref>
 +
 +
'''Shannon statement'''<br>
 +
In response to negative ads released about himself and Lankford in the special election for Coburn’s Senate seat, Shannon said, “I hope everyone will agree that keeping the advertising focused on issues and records will best serve the people of Oklahoma as they determine who their next U.S. Senator should be. There are real differences between Congressman Lankford and myself when it comes to our record on debt and spending, and I welcome that discussion. But I believe that discussion should remain focused on our record, and free of images showing my opponent with President Obama. I have said this before, but it bears repeating in this instance: as brothers in Christ, Congressman Lankford and I are competitors, not enemies.”<ref name=ads>[http://newsok.com/t.w.-shannon-says-outside-groups-should-stick-to-issues-records-in-u.s.-senate-race/article/4884522/?page=1 ''NewsOk.com'', "T.W. Shannon says outside groups should stick to issues, records in U.S. Senate race," accessed June 19, 2014]</ref>
 +
 +
'''Lankford statement'''<br>
 +
Lankford responded to Shannon’s statement arguing that they were overdue and that they did not go far enough in admonishing the outside groups releasing the ads. Lankford said, “I am confident that for the past week, Oklahomans have contacted the Shannon campaign to encourage them to stop the attack ads and misrepresentations. As a result, Mr. Shannon has now issued a long overdue statement to distance himself from the TV attack ads, but apparently not the new negative attack postcards hitting mailboxes across Oklahoma today. The only item that Mr. Shannon took issue with in his statement is placing my image next to the President’s. Is Mr. Shannon supportive of the remainder of the attacks, or is he not?” <ref name=ads/>
 +
 +
====Polls====
 +
{{CongPoll
 +
|Title=Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
 +
|Poll1=[http://soonerpoll.com/news9newson6-poll-lankford-gains-lead-over-shannon-before-primary/ SoonerPoll.com]<br>June 19-21, 2014
 +
|Response1=James Lankford
 +
|Response2=T.W. Shannon
 +
|Response3=Undecided
 +
|Numberpolled1=415
 +
|Margin of error1 =4.81
 +
|Response1Poll1% = 43.4
 +
|Response2Poll1% = 34.9
 +
|Response3Poll1%= 13.3
 +
}}
 +
 +
{{CongPoll
 +
|Title=Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
 +
|Poll1=[http://app.streamsend.com/private/wk89j1heic/Lde/iXRtKmx/browse/21516815 The Tarrance Group]<br>June 9-11, 2014
 +
|Response1=James Lankford
 +
|Response2=T.W. Shannon
 +
|Response3=Undecided
 +
|Response4=Other
 +
|Numberpolled1=500
 +
|Margin of error1 =4.5
 +
|Response1Poll1% = 41
 +
|Response2Poll1% = 34
 +
|Response3Poll1%= 18
 +
|Response4Poll1%= 7
 +
}}
 +
 +
{{CongPoll
 +
|Title=Republican primary
 +
|Poll3=[http://atr.rollcall.com/outside-group-poll-shows-tightening-oklahoma-senate-primary/ Public Opinion Strategies]<br>March 16-17, 2014
 +
|Poll2=[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2014/03/12/lankford-up-big-in-oklahoma-gop-senate-primary-internal-poll-shows/ Tarrance Group]<br>February 10-12, 2014
 +
|Poll1=[http://www.harperpolling.com/polls/oklahoma-primary-poll-lankford-leads-by-36- Harper Polling]<br>January 30-February 1, 2014
 +
|Response1=James Lankford
 +
|Response2=T.W. Shannon
 +
|Response3=Kevin Crow
 +
|Response4=Jason Weger
 +
|Response5=Randy Brogdon
 +
|Response6=Undecided
 +
|Numberpolled3=500
 +
|Numberpolled2=500
 +
|Numberpolled1=627
 +
|Margin of error3=4.38
 +
|Margin of error2=4.9
 +
|Margin of error1=3.91
 +
|Response1Poll3% = 37
 +
|Response2Poll3% = 28
 +
|Response3Poll3% =0
 +
|Response4Poll3% =0
 +
|Response5Poll3% = 7
 +
|Response6Poll3%=28
 +
|Response1Poll2% = 47
 +
|Response2Poll2% = 17
 +
|Response3Poll2% = 3
 +
|Response4Poll2% = 0
 +
|Response5Poll2% = 0
 +
|Response6Poll2% = 33
 +
|Response1Poll1% = 54
 +
|Response2Poll1% = 18
 +
|Response3Poll1% = 0
 +
|Response4Poll1% = 1
 +
|Response5Poll1% = 0
 +
|Response6Poll1% = 27
 +
}}
 +
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district elections, 2012]]''
+
:: ''See also: [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Lankford won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2012|Oklahoma's]] [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district elections, 2012|5th District]]. Lankford won the nomination on the Republican ticket. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012 and defeated [[Tom Guild]] (D), [[Robert T. Murphy]] (L) and [[Pat Martin]] (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
+
Lankford won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Oklahoma, 2012|Oklahoma's]] [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012|5th District]]. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012, and he defeated [[Tom Guild]] (D), [[Robert T. Murphy]] (L) and [[Pat Martin]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
{{Template:Okdis5genelecbox12}}
 
{{Template:Okdis5genelecbox12}}
  
Line 120: Line 327:
  
 
==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
 +
===2014===
 +
{{James Lankford 2014 FEC}}
 +
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Lankford
 
|Name=Lankford
 
|year=2010
 
|year=2010
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00031129&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for James Lankford," Accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
+
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00031129&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for James Lankford," accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2012=155958
 
|totalraised2012=155958
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=US House (Oklahoma, [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district{{!}}District 5]])
+
|office2012=US House (Oklahoma, [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District{{!}}District 5]])
 
|totalraised2010=1245097
 
|totalraised2010=1245097
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=US House (Oklahoma, [[Oklahoma's 5th congressional district{{!}}District 5]])
+
|office2010=US House (Oklahoma, [[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District{{!}}District 5]])
 
}}
 
}}
 +
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
[[File:James Lankford 2012 Donor Box.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Lankford's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
 
[[File:James Lankford 2012 Donor Box.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Lankford's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
Lankford won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,155,959 and spent $815,396.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031129&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' "James Lankford 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
+
Lankford won election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2012. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,155,959 and spent $815,396.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00031129&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "James Lankford 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013]</ref>
 +
 
 +
====Cost per vote====
 +
Lankford spent $5.31 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
|winner = Y
 
|winner = Y
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District  
+
|Chamber = U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised = $1,155,959
 
|total raised = $1,155,959
Line 168: Line 382:
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
Lankford won election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,245,097 and spent $1,156,521.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00031129&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "James Lankford 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
+
Lankford won election to the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] in 2010. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,245,097 and spent $1,156,521.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00031129&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "James Lankford 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011]</ref>
  
His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:
+
His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma Congressional District 5 Election
+
|Chamber = U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1
 
|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised = $1,245,097
 
|total raised = $1,245,097
Line 199: Line 413:
 
|inddonor5 = $36,000
 
|inddonor5 = $36,000
 
|}}
 
|}}
 +
 +
==Personal Gain Index==
 +
[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
 +
::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
 +
The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
 +
It consists of four different metrics:
 +
*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
 +
*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
 +
*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
 +
*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
 +
 +
===PGI: Change in net worth===
 +
:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 +
[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
 +
 +
Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Lankford's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $73,019 to $397,000. That averages to '''$235,009.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Lankford ranked as the 337th most wealthy representative in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031129&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Lankford, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2009 and 2012, Lankford‘s calculated net worth increased by an average of 35 percent per year.<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
 +
 +
{{Net worth PIG
 +
|Collapse=
 +
|Name =James Lankford
 +
|Political Party =Republican
 +
|Year 0 = 2009
 +
|Average 0 = 114512
 +
|2010 = 217509
 +
|2011 =168010
 +
|2012 =235009
 +
}}
  
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
Line 204: Line 445:
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Lankford is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464 ''Gov Track'' "James Lankford," Accessed June 7 2013]</ref>  
+
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Lankford is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|rank-and-file Republican]]" as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464 ''GovTrack'', "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Lankford received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464 ''GovTrack'', "James Lankford," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
 +
 
 +
===Like-minded colleagues===
 +
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/412464_James_Lankford ''OpenCongress'', "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
 +
{{col-begin}}
 +
{{col-break}}
 +
Lankford most often votes with:
 +
*{{reddot}} [[Billy Long]]
 +
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
 +
{{col-break}}
 +
Lankford least often votes with:
 +
*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
 +
*{{bluedot}} [[James McGovern]]
 +
{{col-end}}
  
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Lankford missed 8 of 1,714 roll call votes from January 2011 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.5%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013. <ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464 ''GovTrack,'' "James Lankford," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
+
According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Lankford missed 119 of 2,678 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/james_lankford/412464 ''GovTrack'', "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lankford paid his congressional staff a total of $849,548 in 2011. Overall, [[Oklahoma]] ranks 19th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_James_Lankford.html ''LegiStorm'', "James Lankford," Accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
+
The website ''Legistorm'' compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lankford paid his congressional staff a total of $849,548 in 2011. Overall, [[Oklahoma]] ranked 19th in average salary for representative staff. The average [[U.S. House of Representatives]] congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/2801/Rep_James_Lankford.html ''LegiStorm'', "James Lankford," accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
 
+
===Net worth===
+
:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
+
====2011====
+
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Lankford's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $21,021 to $315,000. That averages to $168,010, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 22.76% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031129&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "James Lankford (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
+
 
+
====2010====
+
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Lankford's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $60,018 to $375,000. This averages out to $217,5059 which is lower than the average net worth of Republicans in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00031129&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "James Lankford (R-Okla), 2010," Accessed September 24, 2012]</ref>
+
  
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 +
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.
 +
 +
====2013====
 +
Lankford was one four members of the U.S. House, ranking 76th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House of Representatives, ranking 75th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
+
Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 75th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Lankford was tied with one other members of the U.S. House of Representatives ranking 62nd in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. House.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
+
Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 62nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
===Voting with party===
 +
The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
 +
 +
====2014====
 +
{{Congress vote percent
 +
|name=Lankford
 +
|party=Republican
 +
|percent=95.9 percent
 +
|rank=33rd
 +
|total=233
 +
|chamber=House
 +
|year=July 2014
 +
|RHouse=Y
 +
}}
 +
 
====2013====
 
====2013====
 
{{Congress vote percent
 
{{Congress vote percent
|name=James Lankford
+
|name=Lankford
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
|percent=97.0%
+
|percent=97.0 percent
 
|rank=116th
 
|rank=116th
 
|total=233
 
|total=233
Line 243: Line 507:
 
|RHouse=Y
 
|RHouse=Y
 
}}
 
}}
 +
 +
==Personal==
 +
James Lankford is married to his wife, Cindy. They have two daughters.<ref name=bio>[http://jameslankford.com/biography/ ''James Lankford U.S. Senate'', "Biography," accessed April 1, 2014]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
Line 249: Line 516:
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
 
:''All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.''
  
<rss>http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=James+Lankford+Oklahoma+House&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=James Lankford News Feed</rss>
+
{{RSS|feed=http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&gl=us&q=James+Lankford+Oklahoma+Congress&um=1&ie=UTF-8&output=rss|template=slpfeed|max=10|title=James Lankford News Feed}}
 
+
==See also==
==Personal==
+
*[[United States House of Representatives]]
James Lankford is married to his wife, Cindy. They have two daughters.<ref>[http://lankford.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=673&Itemid=100068 ''Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma'' "Biography"]</ref>
+
*[[United States congressional delegations from Oklahoma]]
 +
*[[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2014]]
 +
*[[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012]]
 +
*[[Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 +
{{political tracker|Link=http://politicaltracker.com/officials/congress/activity/rep-james-lankford/124938|Name=James Lankford}}
 
*[http://lankford.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://lankford.house.gov/ Official House website]
 
*[http://jameslankford.com/ Official campaign website]
 
*[http://jameslankford.com/ Official campaign website]
Line 276: Line 547:
 
[[Category:112th Congress]][[Category:113th Congress]]
 
[[Category:112th Congress]][[Category:113th Congress]]
 
[[Category:Oklahoma]]
 
[[Category:Oklahoma]]
 +
[[Category:U.S. Senate special elections, 2014]]
 +
 +
<!--2014 categories-->
 +
{{congcandidate|Year=2014|Status=challenger|Chamber=U.S. Senate|Primary=W|General=Y}}
 +
{{Inc new office|U.S. House|U.S. Senate|2014}}
 +
[[Category:U.S. House incumbent retired, 2014]]

Latest revision as of 15:26, 11 September 2014

James Lankford
James Lankford.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Senate, Oklahoma
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 5
In office
January 3, 2011-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorMary Fallin (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$5.31 in 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Campaign $$1,401,055
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Texas
OtherM.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Personal
BirthdayMarch 4, 1968
Place of birthDallas, Texas
ProfessionYouth Camp Director
Net worth$235,009.50
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
James Lankford (b. March 4, 1968, in Dallas, Texas) is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Lankford was first elected by the voters of Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District in 2010.

Lankford is running for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Tom Coburn (R).[1][2] Lankford won the Republican nomination in the primary on June 24, 2014.[3]

Lankford most recently won re-election in 2012. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012, and he defeated Tom Guild (D), Robert T. Murphy (L) and Pat Martin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Lankford is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

Biography

Lankford was born in Dallas, Texas. He earned his B.S. from the University of Texas in 1990 and his M.Div. from Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1994. Before entering politics, Lankford was the director of Falls Creek Youth Camp from 1996 to 2009.[4]

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lankford serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Lankford served on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

CongressLogo.png

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Lankford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

NDAA

Yea3.png Lankford voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Lankford voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Lankford voted for HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[11]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[12] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[13] Lankford voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[14]

Nay3.png The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Lankford voted against HR 2775.[16]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Yea3.png Lankford voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.[17]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png Lankford voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States.[18] The vote largely followed party lines.[19]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Yea3.png Lankford voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[20]

Social issues

Abortion

Yea3.png Lankford voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.[21]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[22] Lankford joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[23][24]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Nay3.png Lankford voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Lankford's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Lankford is a Libertarian-Leaning Conservative. Lankford received a score of 25 percent on social issues and 88 percent on economic issues.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Unknown
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[26]

2014 SOTU address

Lankford characterized President Barack Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address as, "an intentional provocation of congressional Republicans" and called the speech an empty attempt to rally his liberal base.[28]

"In some ways he’s goading us, he’s going back to his base. Most of the proposals he’s laying out he already has statutory authority to do, he’s just trying to charge up his base,” Lankford said.[28]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Lankford is running for U.S. Senate in the special election for the seat left vacant by the retirement of Tom Coburn (R).[1][2] In a statement announcing his decision to run on January 20, 2014, Lankford pointed to the health care law and the national debt as reasons for his bid.[29]

“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," Lankford said. “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 overwhelmingly support.”[29]

Lankford defeated T.W. Shannon, Jason Weger, Kevin Crow, Randy Brogdon, Eric McCray and Andy Craig in the Republican primary on June 24, 2014.[30] The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lankford 57.2% 152,658
T.W. Shannon 34.4% 91,772
Randy Brogdon 4.8% 12,924
Kevin Crow 1.1% 2,825
Andy Craig 0.9% 2,425
Eric McCray 0.9% 2,270
Jason Weger 0.7% 1,793
Total Votes 266,667
Source: Results via Associated Press

Media

James Lankford

James Lankford, "Let's Go Take Our Country Back."

James Lankford, "Trust."

James Lankford, "Already Fighting for Oklahoma."
T.W. Shannon

T.W. Shannon, "The Dignity of Work."

T.W. Shannon, "Ethics & Integrity."

T.W. Shannon, "New Direction."
Senate Conservatives Fund

Senate Conservatives Fund, "New Generation."
Foundation for Economic Prosperity

Foundation for Economic Prosperity, "Tested and Proven."
Ad controversy

Coburn statement
In recent weeks, the pro-Shannon group, Oklahomans for a Conservative Future, and the pro-Lankford group, Foundation for Economic Prosperity, have released negative ads disparaging each of the candidates vying for Sen. Coburn’s seat. Coburn released the following statement about the growing negativity in the race: “When the U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma began, I made a private commitment to James Lankford and T.W. Shannon that I would call out any ads I saw as untruthful. Last week I spoke out against political advertisements in Oklahoma unfairly and inaccurately attacking James Lankford. To be fair, I must also comment on the equally disappointing negative advertisements airing in the state by the Foundation for Economic Prosperity, Inc. attacking T.W. Shannon. They are wrong and should be rejected by Oklahomans. The negative on-air advertisements and untruthful mail pieces against both Lankford and Shannon should stop. This race should be about the urgent threats to our future well-being, not the political goals of outside interest groups.”[31]

Shannon statement
In response to negative ads released about himself and Lankford in the special election for Coburn’s Senate seat, Shannon said, “I hope everyone will agree that keeping the advertising focused on issues and records will best serve the people of Oklahoma as they determine who their next U.S. Senator should be. There are real differences between Congressman Lankford and myself when it comes to our record on debt and spending, and I welcome that discussion. But I believe that discussion should remain focused on our record, and free of images showing my opponent with President Obama. I have said this before, but it bears repeating in this instance: as brothers in Christ, Congressman Lankford and I are competitors, not enemies.”[32]

Lankford statement
Lankford responded to Shannon’s statement arguing that they were overdue and that they did not go far enough in admonishing the outside groups releasing the ads. Lankford said, “I am confident that for the past week, Oklahomans have contacted the Shannon campaign to encourage them to stop the attack ads and misrepresentations. As a result, Mr. Shannon has now issued a long overdue statement to distance himself from the TV attack ads, but apparently not the new negative attack postcards hitting mailboxes across Oklahoma today. The only item that Mr. Shannon took issue with in his statement is placing my image next to the President’s. Is Mr. Shannon supportive of the remainder of the attacks, or is he not?” [32]

Polls

Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
SoonerPoll.com
June 19-21, 2014
43.4%34.9%13.3%+/-4.81415
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary: Lankford v. Shannon
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonUndecidedOtherMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Tarrance Group
June 9-11, 2014
41%34%18%7%+/-4.5500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary
Poll James Lankford T.W. ShannonKevin CrowJason WegerRandy BrogdonUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Opinion Strategies
March 16-17, 2014
37%28%0%0%7%28%+/-4.38500
Tarrance Group
February 10-12, 2014
47%17%3%0%0%33%+/-4.9500
Harper Polling
January 30-February 1, 2014
54%18%0%1%0%27%+/-3.91627
AVERAGES 46% 21% 1% 0.33% 2.33% 29.33% +/-4.4 542.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

2012

See also: Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Lankford won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 5th District. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012, and he defeated Tom Guild (D), Robert T. Murphy (L) and Pat Martin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[33]

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tom Guild 37.3% 97,504
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lankford Incumbent 58.7% 153,603
     Independent Pat Martin 2.1% 5,394
     Libertarian Robert T. Murphy 2% 5,176
Total Votes 261,677
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Full history


Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Lankford’s reports.[35]

James Lankford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$429,828.90$42,886.00$(169,293.44)$303,421.46
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$303,421.46$62,045.00$(49,713.64)$315,752.82
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$315,752.82$205,330.00$(66,345.15)$454,737.67
Year-End Quarterly[39]December 31, 2013$454,737$122,635$(60,342)$514,505
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$514,505.46$828,086.16$(333,306.03)$1,009,285.59
Running totals
$1,260,982.16$(679,000.26)

Comprehensive donor information for Lankford is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lankford raised a total of $1,401,055 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[41]

James Lankford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Oklahoma, District 5) Won $155,958
2010 US House (Oklahoma, District 5) Won $1,245,097
Grand Total Raised $1,401,055

2012

Breakdown of the source of Lankford's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Lankford won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,155,959 and spent $815,396.[42]

Cost per vote

Lankford spent $5.31 per vote received in 2012.

2010

Lankford won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Lankford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,245,097 and spent $1,156,521.[43]

His top five contributors between 2009-2010 were:

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Lankford's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $73,019 to $397,000. That averages to $235,009.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Lankford ranked as the 337th most wealthy representative in 2012.[44] Between 2009 and 2012, Lankford‘s calculated net worth increased by an average of 35 percent per year.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[46]

James Lankford Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2009$114,512
2012$235,009
Growth from 2009 to 2012:105%
Average annual growth:35%[47]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[48]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Lankford is a "rank-and-file Republican" as of July 2014.[49] This was the same rating Lankford received in June 2013.[50]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[51]

Lankford most often votes with:

Lankford least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Lankford missed 119 of 2,678 roll call votes from January 2011 to July 2014. This amounts to 4.4 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.5 percent among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.[52]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Lankford paid his congressional staff a total of $849,548 in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranked 19th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[53]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.

2013

Lankford was one four members of the U.S. House, ranking 76th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[54]

2012

Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 75th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[55]

2011

Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 62nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[56]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Lankford voted with the Republican Party 95.9 percent of the time, which ranked 33rd among the 233 House Republican members as of July 2014.[57]

2013

Lankford voted with the Republican Party 97.0 percent of the time, which ranked 116th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[58]

Personal

James Lankford is married to his wife, Cindy. They have two daughters.[4]

Recent news

This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term James + Lankford + Oklahoma + House

All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.

James Lankford News Feed

  • Loading...

See also

External links

Track-at-political-tracker-com.png
Political Tracker has an article on:
James Lankford


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Politico, "James Lankford announces Senate bid," accessed January 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Roll Call, "Lankford Seeks Senate as Cole Declines in Oklahoma," accessed January 20, 2014
  3. Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 James Lankford U.S. Senate, "Biography," accessed April 1, 2014
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma, "Committees and Caucuses"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
  14. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  23. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "Lankford Vote Match," accessed July 7, 2014
  27. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Politico, "Lankford: Obama speech 'goading' GOP," accessed January 29, 2014
  29. 29.0 29.1 Real Clear Politics, "Rep. Lankford to seek Coburn's Senate seat," accessed January 20, 2014
  30. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ap
  31. NewsOk.com, "Lankford features Coburn in new ad; Coburn calls out pro-Lankford group," accessed June 19, 2014
  32. 32.0 32.1 NewsOk.com, "T.W. Shannon says outside groups should stick to issues, records in U.S. Senate race," accessed June 19, 2014
  33. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "James Lankford Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  41. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for James Lankford," accessed April 22, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "James Lankford 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  43. Open Secrets, "James Lankford 2010 Election Cycle," accessed November 16, 2011
  44. Open Secrets, "Lankford, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  46. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  48. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  49. GovTrack, "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014
  50. GovTrack, "James Lankford," accessed June 7, 2013
  51. OpenCongress, "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014
  52. GovTrack, "James Lankford," accessed July 22, 2014
  53. LegiStorm, "James Lankford," accessed September 24, 2012
  54. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," July 22, 2014
  55. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  56. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  57. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  58. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Mary Fallin
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 5
2011–Present
Succeeded by
'