The Moore American

Local News

January 22, 2014

Lankford to run for Coburn’s Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY — James Lankford, the Congressman from Oklahoma City who once helped run the largest Christian youth camp in the nation, opened a news conference on Monday with a quote from scripture then announced he would run for the U.S. Senate.

“The Senate is losing a giant at the end of this year when Dr. Tom Coburn retires early,” Lankford said, reading from a prepared release at the Oklahoma History Center.

Lankford’s announcement came as no surprise. Speculation since Coburn’s confirmation that he will step down early identified Lankford as a possible candidate for the open seat.

For the last two months, Coburn had been sending clear signals that he would retire before his term ends, Lankford said. During the Christmas holiday, Lankford said he prayerfully discussed the decision to run with his wife Cindy Lankford and two daughters, Hannah and Jordan.

“It’s a tremendous sacrifice,” Lankford said.

With a master’s of divinity from Southwestern Theological Seminary and a long association with the Southern Baptist Convention, Lankford has made no secret that his faith and religious principals shape his style of governance.

Lankford was elected to Congress in 2010 to serve the 5th District with no previous background in politics. He serves on the House Committees on Budget and Oversight and Government reform. He is the chair of the subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements.

Lankford vowed to continue work on reducing the nation’s deficit.

“I do not fly away from my family every week to do nothing,” he said. “Dealing with the deficit is the single largest thing we have to do.”

Since he has been in office, Lankford said the nation’s debt has been reduced from $1.4 trillion three years ago to $680 billion this year.

“We’re chipping away at that — we still have a long way to go,” he said, stressing that the deficit is a problem that can’t be solved in a single year.

Text Only
Local News
  • DHS opens lecture series

    People leaving incarceration face a variety of challenges even without a diagnosis of mental illness. But for those who face mental

    July 23, 2014

  • ‘Magic Kids’ get royal treatment

    A Moore elementary student is among three metro children honored by Oklahoma City radio station, KMGL-FM, as “Magic Kids” for their outstanding contributions to their families, schools and local communities.

    July 23, 2014

  • Toothpick holders’ convention coming

    Lynne Ryan has been collecting toothpick holders her entire life. “My parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.L. ‘Bud’ Gibbs started our collectio

    July 23, 2014

  • Gang member charged in shooting

    An Oklahoma City man police identified as a gang member was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon Thursday after sh

    July 23, 2014

  • Angels protect us

    A co-worker unpacked a box of copy machine paper from a cardboard box and got a nasty paper cut. Because the source was cardboard, it was deeper than most and the bleeding was difficult to stop.

    July 23, 2014

  • Southmoore student wins gold at National FCCLA

    More than 7,000 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the country recen

    July 23, 2014

  • Moore shut out of prevention aid

    As a massive tornado bore down on Moore on the afternoon of May 20, 2013, residents scrambled to find shelter. Some retreated to safe rooms at home or in buildings. Many hid in closets, bathrooms or hallways.

    July 22, 2014

  • Sculpture brings tornado-torn community back together

    After the May 20 tornado tore through Moore in 2013, hundreds of families were left to pick up the pieces. And it was in these old, shattered pieces of people’s homes and scattered debris that two local artists found something new.

    July 22, 2014

  • Panel explains forced labor system

    Many topics were discussed over the course of three days during the 2014 Oklahoma Judicial Conference, but one of the newest issues

    July 22, 2014

  • City council paves way for Sam’s Club location

    MOORE — The Moore City Council approved a $5 million bond Tuesday to be repaid with sales tax and utility revenues. “A good amount

    July 22, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide