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James LankfordREPRepublican United States Senator
54
Years of Age
13
Years of Experience
OKResidence (state)

James Paul Lankford (born March 4, 1968) is an American politician serving as the senior United States senator from Oklahoma, a seat he has held since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district from 2011 to 2015. From 1996 to 2009, Lankford was the student ministries and evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and director of the youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 U.S. Senate special election following Tom Coburn's planned resignation from the Senate. He won the June 2014 primary with 57% of the vote, becoming the Republican nominee. He won the special election with nearly 68% of the vote and was elected to the balance of Coburn's term. He was reelected in 2016, again with nearly 68% of the vote, and in 2022, with 64% of the vote. He became the senior senator in 2023 after Senator Jim Inhofe retired.

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Campaign Funding

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$7,870,202
Total Raised
$7,667,374
Total Spent
$632,654
Cash on Hand
Financial Data Source: Center for Responsive Politics
Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Science
1990
Lakeview Centennial High School
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
1994
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Senator
United States Senate, Oklahoma
2014 - Current
Chair
Majority Policy Committee, United States House of Representatives
2013 - 2014
Representative
United States House of Representatives
2010 - 2014
Director of Student Ministry
Baptist Convention of Oklahoma
Current
Director
Falls Creek Youth Camp
1996 - 2009
Other Experience1 - 36 of 36
Member
National Rifle Association (NRA)
Member
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Member
South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
Member
South Chamber of Commerce
Member
Deer Creek Chamber of Commerce
Member
Heritage Foundation
Member
Northwest Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce
Member
Edmond Chamber of Commerce
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Legislative Branch, United States Senate
Former Chair
Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management, United States Senate
Former Member
Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate
Former Member
Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Energy and Water Development Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth, United States Senate
Former Member
Appropriations Committee, United States Senate
Member
Health Care Caucus
Member
General Aviation Caucus
Member
Congressional Natural Gas Caucus
Member
Congressional Constitution Caucus
Member
Congressional Balanced Budget Amendment Caucus
Member
United Service Organization Congressional Caucus
Member
Congressional Prayer Caucus
Member
Smart Contracting Caucus
Member
Mentoring Caucus
Member
Values Action Team
Member
Sportsman's Caucus
Member
Multiple Sclerosis Caucus
Member
Republican Study Committee
Member
Pro-Life Caucus
Member
International Religious Freedom Caucus
Member
Immigration Reform Caucus