Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Lucas Announces the 2017 Congressional Art Competition

2017/03/17

Washington, D.C. – The office of Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) will begin accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. All students attending high school (public, private, or homeschool) in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District are eligible to participate in the contest.

“Oklahoma’s Third District is home to some truly gifted artists who deserve the opportunity to share their work with the rest of our country,” said Congressman Lucas. “I am excited to help make this possible by hosting the annual Congressional Art Competition. We have had some incredible work submitted in the past so I’m asking everyone to get the word out to any family or friends who are interested in participating!”

The application, along with a list of guidelines and drop-off locations, can be found at: www.lucas.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition. Entrants must deliver their artwork to one of the designated drop-off locations by close of business on Friday, April 14, 2017.

The winning piece will be displayed in the United States Capitol Building for one year where it will be seen by hundreds of thousands of Capitol visitors. Both the runner-up and “fan favorite” submissions will also recognized.

The first place winner will receive two round-trip plane tickets to visit Washington, D.C. for an unveiling ceremony this summer. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Allison Litterell at (405) 373-1958.

 

             

Last year’s competition winner “Friendship Forged in Iron” by Reagan Stephens from Weatherford High School

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Lucas Addresses Wildfire Containment and Prevention Efforts at Recent House Ag Subcommittee Hearing

2017/03/17

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) yesterday discussed recent wildfires throughout Northwestern Oklahoma and parts of Texas and Kansas. In addition to praising the coordination of firefighters and local leaders, Lucas asked Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler about the logistics of the fire containment and prevention efforts.

“I want to thank Mr. Geissler for taking the time to participate in our subcommittee hearing and shed light on the wildfire containment and prevention efforts,” said Congressman Lucas. “When you consider the magnitude of the fires, the coordination and skill of our firefighters and other folks in the field is simply amazing. These response efforts start with our local leaders who have done a tremendous job communicating and collaborating with state and federal entities to prevent further losses and help move us toward rebuilding our communities.”

[Watch video of Lucas’s remarks here or on his Facebook page.]

A comprehensive document outlining applicable federal assistance programs can be found online here (courtesy of USDA).

Those interested in donating hay or trucking services should contact either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530.

 

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has established a relief fund to help those in Beaver, Ellis, Harper and Woodward counties. More information can be found at http://www.okcattlemen.org/.

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Lucas Releases Information on Wildfire Disaster Relief

2017/03/09

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today released a list of resources for those affected by the recent wildfires throughout northwest Oklahoma. Individuals who have lost livestock or property are encouraged to safely assess their losses and get in touch with their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by these deadly and destructive wildfires throughout northwest Oklahoma and parts of Texas and Kansas,” said Congressman Lucas. “My team and I are continuing to monitor the situation on the ground and are working with officials at the federal and state level to determine which assistance programs are available to those in the affected areas. I encourage everyone to stay vigilant by tuning into weather reports and taking all proper precautions.”

A comprehensive document outlining applicable federal assistance programs can be found online here (courtesy of USDA).

Those interested in donating hay or trucking services should contact either the Harper County Extension Office at 580-735-2252 or Buffalo Feeders at 580-727-5530.

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association has established a relief fund to help those in Beaver, Ellis, Harper, and Woodward counties. More information can be found at http://www.okcattlemen.org/.

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Lucas Votes to Strengthen Regulatory Accountability and Transparency

2017/03/02

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) voted this week to pass three pieces of legislation aimed at enhancing the government’s ability to identify overly burdensome regulations and improving the way federal agencies communicate proposed rules with the public. The series of reform bills come after the House of Representatives has moved to repeal 13 Obama-era regulations since the beginning of this year.

“The last eight years of the Obama administration have left our country with thousands upon thousands of pages of additional government rules and regulations,” said Congressman Lucas. “This red tape is a roadblock to renewed growth, siphoning billions of dollars from our economy and hindering new capital investments and job creation.”

“That’s why it’s important for Congress to establish strict guidelines to identify and eliminate regulations that are either outdated or simply unnecessary. These three bills are critical steps toward restoring sanity in our country’s regulatory regime, and I am very encouraged by the progress we are making in Congress to build upon President Trump’s efforts to get our economy back on track.”

The first of the three bills is the SCRUB (Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome) Act, which establishes a bipartisan Retrospective Regulatory Review Commission to identify older and costly rules that impede economic growth.

The second bill, the OIRA Insight, Reform, and Accountability Act codifies the role of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) – an agency tasked with overseeing major proposed regulations – to ensure they can continue to hold back poorly vetted or rushed regulations that could have a significant impact on the economy.

The final piece of legislation is the Regulatory Integrity Act, a bill that provides greater transparency into federal agency communication by prohibiting the agency from soliciting support or opposition for any proposal for regulatory action.

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Lucas Responds to President Trump’s Action on WOTUS

2017/02/28

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action directing regulators to review and begin unwinding the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“The Waters of the U.S. rule has created widespread uncertainty for many of the folks in the agriculture, energy, and construction sectors across our country,” said Congressman Lucas. “This far-reaching and arbitrary regulation was less about protecting our country’s natural resources and more about expanding federal control over private landowners. I applaud the Trump administration for taking swift action on this issue. Getting rid of this red tape is a major win for rural America and allows property owners and businesses to refocus their attention on more important matters.”

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Lucas Applauds Confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

2017/02/17

Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement upon Senate confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to take on the role of Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“I’m glad the Senate acted to confirm Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA today,” said Congressman Lucas. “His confirmation is a major step toward restoring common sense and rule of law at the agency. Scott has a strong understanding of the critical role states play in the regulatory process and the importance of sound science in policymaking. I look forward to working with him to protect our country’s precious natural resources while ensuring American families have access to affordable energy and good paying jobs.”

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Lucas to Hold Four Town Hall Meetings in Creek, Lincoln, Logan and Canadian Counties

2017/02/17

 

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings in Creek, Lincoln, Logan and Canadian counties on Wednesday, February 22 through Friday, February 24. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Creek County Town Hall Meeting

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Collins Building (2nd Floor Ballroom)

317 E Lee

Sapulpa, OK 74066 

Lincoln County Town Hall Meeting

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Rt. 66 Interpretive Center

400 E Hwy 66

Chandler, OK  74834

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Logan County Town Hall Meeting

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Oklahoma Territorial Museum  

406 E Oklahoma Avenue

Guthrie, OK 73044

Friday, February 24, 2017

Canadian County Town Hall Meeting

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Events at 10 West Main

10 West Main Street

Yukon, OK 73099

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Tackling Government Overregulation

2017/02/15

When I talk to many of the farmers, ranchers, and business owners in the Third District, the number one concern I hear about is government red tape. Whether it’s EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule that placed confusing restrictions on what individuals can do with their private property or the arbitrary requirements Obamacare forces on employers, these rules and regulations accumulate into one major headache for folks trying to make a living.

In the past eight years the federal government has provided little relief under former President Obama.

Many of the bureaucrats behind the rules coming out of federal agencies have never themselves had to take on the risk of running a business – to hire employees, balance a budget, and contend with market competition or unpredictable economic factors. They haven’t had to deal with the price volatility many farmers and ranchers always have on their minds or the uncertainty behind planning for the next fiscal year.

For many small business owners, the added hours of paperwork alone present an overwhelming burden. This often unintended consequence of federal regulations leads to an uneven playing field. Larger corporations can afford to hire professionals to parse through new regulations while smaller businesses simply find themselves buried under a mountain of paperwork. Getting rid of particularly far-reaching and onerous regulations enables business owners to focus more of their time on what’s important: running a successful enterprise.

Regulations passed down by the federal government not only present a major time sink for businesses, they also siphon money out of our economy. Money that could otherwise be put toward hiring more workers, investing in new equipment, or even consumer spending.

In their latest annual study, the Competitive Enterprise Institute found that the cost of government regulations on the U.S. economy reached $1.885 trillion in 2015. This adds up to nearly $15,000 per American household each year.

Fortunately, Congress and the White House are eager to do everything we can to encourage economic opportunity and growth.

For one, the Congressional Review Act provides Congress with the ability to review and repeal any regulation from the past few months. We have already used and will continue to use this tool as a way of unwinding many of the Obama administration’s last minute rules and regulations, including arbitrary restrictions on our country’s energy producers and costly and time-consuming burdens placed on educators.

Coming into the new year, Congress has worked to tackle overregulation at an unprecedented pace. Members of Congress have brought up 37 separate resolutions to repeal various last minute regulations pushed through by the Obama administration.

President Trump has set the stage for cleaning up government overregulation by issuing an executive order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one adopted. This will hopefully force various government agencies to rethink and optimize their approach to rulemaking.

The House and Senate will also address some of the more burdensome regulations and laws that are the source of much of the overregulation holding back our economy.

Dodd-Frank, for example, created thousands of pages of rules that many financial institutions, especially smaller banks, are having trouble navigating. This increasingly complex red tape makes it more difficult for these banks to lend money to growing businesses, entrepreneurs, or families looking to purchase a home or car.

Obamacare is another major roadblock. The law not only impacts Americans’ access to quality health care, but also the ability for businesses to hire new employees. Employee coverage requirements under Obamacare are unrealistic for many small businesses, especially those who hire part time staff.

I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress as we continue to identify and tackle instances of overregulation. Like pulling dandelions out of your front yard every year, the work of unwinding the regulatory regime takes time, but it can be done.

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Lucas on Supreme Court Nomination

2017/02/01

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement after President Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court:

“President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court will fill a nearly yearlong vacancy on the court and help move it towards a stricter interpretation of the Constitution,” said Congressman Lucas. “Judge Gorsuch has an impressive legal background and shares the late Justice Scalia’s belief in strictly adhering to the letter of the law. I am encouraged by the president’s nomination and hope the Senate will take action to ensure the Supreme Court can move forward in its work with a full bench.”

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Lucas on President Trump’s Order to Prevent Terrorist Entry into the United States

2017/01/30

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement in response to an executive order issued by the Trump administration to temporarily suspend the entry of refugees and issuance of visas for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen:

“Our country has a strong record of providing asylum to those fleeing war or oppression. However, we must also acknowledge that the world is a dangerous place. Far too many innocent civilians have fallen victim to organized terror attacks at home in their own communities.

“When the FBI Director indicates that there are vulnerabilities in our country’s ability to screen foreign entrants, the American people have a right to expect swift action by our government to remedy this issue.

“Rather than asking in retrospect what we can do better in the aftermath of an attack, it’s the duty and responsibility of our government to take every realistic precaution to properly screen all individuals, especially those from countries that are havens or state-sponsors of terrorism.

“While I support the goal of President Trump’s executive order to strengthen America’s national security, I believe the administration must further clarify their long term objectives and the manner in which they intend to implement these new travel restrictions.”

 

 

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Lucas Addresses Wildfires at House Ag Subcommittee Hearing

2017-03-20 13:57:04


Lucas Discusses Significance of Regional Federal Reserve Banks

2017-03-20 13:57:40


Lucas on President Obama's Final State of the Union Address

2016-01-13 21:39:51


Fox News Reports on EPA's Concerning Lack of Data Transparency

2015-07-10 17:05:27


Lucas Closing Remarks to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

2017-03-20 13:58:02


Passing the Agricultural Act of 2014

2015-06-23 21:46:15


House Passes Legislation to Promote Scientific Integrity at EPA

2015-03-17 21:25:29


Lucas Presses Federal Reserve Chair on Consequences of Low Interest Rates

2015-02-25 21:03:28


One-Year Farm Bill Anniversary

2015-02-02 16:49:29


Lucas Presses Agency Director on Regulations Harmful to Community Banks

2015-01-27 21:28:21


Congressman Frank Lucas Speaks on Final Passage of Farm Bill Conference Report - Jan. 29, 2014

2014-01-29 17:12:15


Congressman Frank Lucas Speaking on Farm Bill Conference Report - Jan. 29, 2014

2014-01-29 17:07:38


Chairman Lucas Giving Closing Statement on House Farm Bill

2013-07-11 20:39:16


Chairman Frank Lucas Speaking on the House Floor Before Final Vote on FARRM

2013-06-20 20:16:49


House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas Speaks on House Floor on Farm Bill

2013-06-19 19:51:19


Congressman Lucas Addresses Tragic Events in Oklahoma

2013-05-21 17:52:56


Chairman Frank Lucas giving his opening statement at Farm Bill markup - May 15, 2013

2013-05-16 20:14:36


Chairman Frank Lucas on the House floor in support of H.R. 6233

2012-08-02 20:52:25


FDL on Lou Dobbs December 8.wmv

2011-12-14 22:02:38


ICYMI: Lucas Calls for Information on MF Global Bankruptcy

2011-12-07 22:46:19


Contact Information

2311 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-5565
Fax 202-225-8698
lucas.house.gov/

Congressman Frank Lucas is a fifth generation Oklahoman whose family has lived and farmed in Oklahoma for over 100 years. Born on January 6, 1960 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma, Lucas graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election in 1994, and is currently serving his 11th term as a Member of Congress.

Frank proudly represents Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District includes all or portions of 32 counties in northern and western Oklahoma, stretching from the Oklahoma panhandle to parts of Tulsa, and from Yukon to Altus in the southwest. It takes up almost half the state’s land mass and is one of the largest agricultural regions in the nation. Lucas has been a crusader for the American farmer since being elected to Congress in 1994 as well as working to protect Oklahoma values.

Congressman Lucas serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture. In addition, he serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Frank also serves as a member of the Republican Whip Team.  The Republican Whip Team is led by Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-22).  The representatives who are members of the team serve as leaders in their party and work with the Republican leadership team to ensure every American’s voice is heard in Congress.

Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, Lucas served for five and a half years in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives, where he tirelessly defended the rights of private property owners and focused on promoting agriculture issues.

Frank and his wife Lynda have three children and one grandchild. The Lucas family belongs to the First Baptist Church in Cheyenne.


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Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom Cole

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