James Lankford

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James Lankford
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U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 5
Incumbent
In office
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
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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 most recently won re-election in 2012. 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 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 worked as a director of a youth camp from 1996-2009.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Lankford serves on the following committees:[3]

2011-2012

Lankford served on the following committees:[4]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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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.[5] For more information pertaining to Lankford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

National security

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Lankford voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.[8]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[10] 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.[11] Lankford voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[12]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally 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 funds 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.[13] 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.[14]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" 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.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[18]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" 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 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[20]

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] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.

In a statement announcing his decision on January 20, 2014, Lankford pointed to the health care law and the national debt as reasons for his bid.[21]

“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 overwhelming support.”[21]

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 defeated Tom Guild (D), Robert T. Murphy (L) and Pat Martin (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[22]

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

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.[24]

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

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.[25]

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.[26]

James Lankford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$429,828.90$42,886.00$(169,293.44)$303,421.46
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$303,421.46$62,045.00$(49,713.64)$315,752.82
October Quarterly[29]October 15, 2013$315,752.82$205,330.00$(66,345.15)$454,737.67
Year-End Quarterly[30]December 31, 2013$454,737$122,635$(60,342)$514,505
April Quarterly[31]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)

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.[32]

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.[33]

His top 5 contributors between 2009-2010 were:

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1, 2010 - James Lankford Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,245,097
Total Spent $1,156,521
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $363,412
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $358,550
Top contributors to James Lankford's campaign committee
Devon Energy$24,660
Downing Wellhead Equipment$14,400
Chesapeake Energy$12,650
Healthback$12,000
Freedom Project$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Retired$134,095
Oil & Gas$126,360
Health Professionals$62,565
Real Estate$53,935
Leadership PACs$36,000

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 June 2013.[34]

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.[35]

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 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. [36]

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 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.[37]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

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.[38]

James Lankford Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$235,009.5039.88%
2011$168,010-22.76%
2010$217,509N/A

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.

2012

Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 75th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[39]

2011

Lankford tied with one other member of the U.S. House, ranking 62nd in the conservative rankings in 2011.[40]

Voting with party

2013

Lankford voted with the Republican Party 97.0% of the time, which ranked 116th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

James Lankford is married to his wife, Cindy. They have two daughters.[42]

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See also

External links


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. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  4. Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma "Committees and Caucuses"
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  7. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  8. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  10. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  11. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  12. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  18. Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Real Clear Politics, "Rep. Lankford to Seek Coburn's Senate Seat," accessed January 20, 2014
  22. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for James Lankford," Accessed April 22, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "James Lankford Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "James Lankford Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014
  32. Open Secrets "James Lankford 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
  33. Open Secrets "James Lankford 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed November 16, 2011
  34. Gov Track "James Lankford," Accessed June 7 2013
  35. OpenCongress, "James Lankford," Accessed August 8, 2013
  36. GovTrack, "James Lankford," Accessed April 17, 2013
  37. LegiStorm, "James Lankford," Accessed September 24, 2012
  38. OpenSecrets.org "Lankford, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  42. Congressman James Lankford, Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma "Biography"
Political offices
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Mary Fallin
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 5
2011–Present
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