“An Osage leader is never at the back of his band of warriors” – Dr. James Crowder, historian at Tinker Air Force Base
Clarence Leonard Tinker was the first Native American to attain the rank of Major General. Growing up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, he revered the heroism of Osage military veterans and idolized the legends of Osage bravery in warfare. As a Major General during the Second World War, Clarence Tinker was not expected to enter direct combat, let alone lead a unit headfirst into front lines. Yet Tinker’s Osage upbringing instilled in him the importance of leading the fight himself. Sadly, Clarence was the first General to die in combat during WWII. He was shot down June 7, 1942 while flying a mission over the Pacific during the Battle of Midway.
Tinker’s values were rooted in his Oklahoma upbringing. He spoke the Osage language and always maintained a close relationship with his father throughout his entire life.
Today, the Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City bears the namesake of Major General Clarence Tinker. It is home to the 72nd Air Base Wing, providing material, support, and logistics for our nation’s armed forces. They have established themselves as an indispensable component of our country’s defense apparatus. Which is why it’s fitting the base is named after an Oklahoman who broke barriers, demonstrated tremendous leadership, and courageously laid down his life in combat.
Those who serve at Tinker are representatives of the Oklahoma Way. They were some of the first responders at the Murrah building in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing. And when so many homes and businesses were destroyed in the wake of the tornado in May 1999, Tinker servicemen and women were immediately on the ground providing humanitarian aid and support.
Veteran’s Day is a moment to reflect on the legacy of those, like Maj. Gen. Tinker, who served our country. It’s a day to reflect on their sacrifices, their selflessness and their sense of duty that prompted them to join our nation’s armed services. Oklahoma is home to roughly 340,000 veterans and 20,000 active duty military personnel and I’m proud of the way our state has built upon this tremendous legacy of service.
One of the great honors of my job is to meet with these men and women and their families to hear their stories. These are folks who have served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the War on Terror. Many of them recall with great detail their experience in uniform and how it shaped their lives forever. I am always humbled by the overwhelming sense of patriotism I hear from our veterans of past wars – many of them only teenagers when they first answered the call to serve their country.
Maj. Gen. Clarence Tinker was a man who made everyone – his family, his community and his country – proud. Oklahoma is fortunate to have Tinker’s story as a part of our state’s history.
Seventy years have passed since he was lost in combat but the memory and pride for Maj. Gen. Tinker’s service has not faded. At their annual In-lon-shka celebration, the Osage honor military veterans, including Tinker, with a ceremonial song and dance performance. These are closely held traditions passed between many generations. The way the Osage community comes together to honor those who have served sets a remarkable example for the rest of us.
So on this day, I hope that we can take a moment to pay respects to all our veterans whose individual stories, small and large, paint a greater portrait about what it truly means to serve your country. If it weren’t for them, we could not enjoy the freedom, prosperity and peace we have today.Read More
Abraham Lincoln once commented, “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will have to sit on their blisters.”
With two of the most unpopular candidates in recent memory, Lincoln’s observation is fitting.
If you were to pick solely on personality or likeability, you might not vote for either candidate in this election. In town hall meetings, my constituents have expressed the notion that politics is all about shades of gray because there is never any difference. While that may sometimes hold true, I can say with confidence that this time around, there is indeed a difference.
President Obama is entering his final 100 days in office. In his first two years we got Obamacare, a law that raised the costs of healthcare and delivered so much less. We also saw the passage of Dodd-Frank, a regulatory framework that has torn the financial services industry to shreds. And towards the end of the president’s second term, we saw the beginnings of cap and trade, as federal agencies work with foreign entities to increase control over the production and consumption of our energy.
But this election is not just a referendum on these policies. The next president should also be judged by the individuals they entrust with power.
Today there are roughly 4,000 political appointees selected by the president to carry out the administration’s agenda. These individuals represent agencies ranging from the Department of Agriculture to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They are the apparatus that executes many of the president’s unilateral actions, such as EPA’s unpopular Waters of the U.S. rule that has impacted the agriculture, energy and construction industries here in Oklahoma.
Presidential appointees are not accountable to the American voters, and in many cases, not even your elected representatives. Apart from the Senate nomination process, Congress has relatively limited oversight or legislative control over these agencies and the individuals who run them.
Often the only way to challenge their decisions is through the courts. This method is tenuous and subject to a lengthy appeals process that sometimes reaches the Supreme Court.
As it stands, the Supreme Court sits at eight justices after the recent death of Antonin Scalia. The next president will nominate the ninth justice – and potentially three or four more. Will they pick a constitutional conservative in the mold of the late Scalia, or will they select a liberal judicial activist like Obama nominee Elena Kagan? Issues such as the Second Amendment or immigration hinge on the court’s composition.
At the end of the day, presidents are managers. They cannot possibly address every issue, so they delegate their work by hiring people. This election is about the individuals they will select to carry out their vision for America.
In 100 days, thousands of political appointees are potentially out of work. Voters will have the choice to either fire them all or continue with the status quo of the last administration.
After all is said and done, the mudslinging of this election will be a distant memory but the policy decisions we must live under will not be. However tempting, there is simply too much at stake to turn our backs. If voters want real change, we can have it.Read More
A big part of my job as your representative in Congress is to help you communicate with federal agencies. This assistance is often referred to as casework and ranges anywhere from expediting a passport application to getting an important question answered by the IRS in time for tax season.
I know that getting a straight answer from the federal government can sometimes be an arduous process which is why I have a team of dedicated caseworkers who are based in my office in Yukon. They have experience dealing with federal agencies like the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) or the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Needless to say, we receive a number of requests from constituents. Many of them can be resolved with a phone call or an email but sometimes it takes a little more time and effort to break through the red tape and government bureaucracy.
Ten years ago the Smith family of Stillwater first contacted my office. They had recently adopted Isaiah, a young boy from Cambodia who was eight years old at the time. Unfortunately there were complications with the adoption process when all adoptions were suddenly halted at the Cambodian border. While Isaiah was able to make it safely to the United States, he was forced to be classified as a refugee due to a technicality. In fact, Isaiah’s younger sister who was also adopted had no issues acquiring American citizenship simply because her paper work was processed sooner.
Because of his refugee status, Isaiah could never obtain his American citizenship. Growing up in Stillwater with his family and going to school, his lack of citizenship did not present any immediate issues.
But then last year, Isaiah’s mom, Linda, contacted our office again when they found out that Isaiah would not be able to get a job or pursue higher education without first applying for a Visa.
My office put Isaiah’s family in touch with Angela Jennings, a lawyer who works with Catholic Charities. With the help of my caseworker, Jill Shero, Angela was able to communicate with the proper federal agencies to clarify Isaiah’s case and eventually secure his American citizenship.
Thanks to USCIS of Oklahoma City, Isaiah made it official at his naturalization ceremony last month. At the ceremony, Isaiah said he had been waiting for this moment for a long time and that he appreciated everyone who helped make it a reality. He was excited that he would become an American citizen just in time to vote in the upcoming elections.
I’m very proud of the efforts of everyone who worked to help Isaiah realize his dream. The naturalization ceremony is an emotional and patriotic occasion – people from all around the world under one roof with the same aspirations. Our country’s story is rooted in immigration and if there’s any doubt the American dream is not alive and well, I encourage you to visit one of these ceremonies.
I hope that we can help write more positive stories like the one of Isaiah and his family. If you or a family member ever need help resolving an issue with the government please do not hesitate to contact my office at www.lucas.house.gov or (405) 373-1958.
Isaiah (left) with his parents, Linda and Charles (center) and Rep. Lucas caseworker Jill Shero (right)Read More
Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas will hold town hall meetings in Beaver, Guymon, and Boise City on Monday, August 22nd and Tuesday, August 23rd. 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.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Beaver Town Hall Meeting
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Beaver County Farm Bureau
812 S. Douglas
Beaver, OK 73932
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Guymon Town Hall Meeting
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
PTCI Meeting Room
607 S. Main
Guymon, OK 73942
Boise City Town Hall Meeting
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
115 West Main Street
Boise City, OK 73933Read More
Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce an upcoming town hall meeting in Yukon on Thursday, August 18th. 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 that’s currently before Congress. All residents are invited to attend and share their views on current events in Washington.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Yukon Town Hall Meeting
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Events at 10 West Main
10 West Main Street
Yukon, OK 73099Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Pawnee, Pawhuska, Bristow and Chandler on Tuesday, August 9th and Wednesday, August 10th. 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.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Pawnee Town Hall Meeting
Pawnee City Hall
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
510 Illinois Street
Pawnee, OK 74058
Pawhuska Town Hall Meeting
Pawhuska Community Center
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
520 Lynn Avenue
Pawhuska, OK 74056
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Bristow Town Hall Meeting
Bristow Public Library (Large Conference Room)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
111 West 7th Street
Bristow, OK 74010
Chandler Town Hall Meeting
Route 66 Interpretive Center
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
400 E 1st Street
Chandler, OK 74834Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement on the shooting death of multiple law enforcement officers last night in Dallas, Texas:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dallas today,” said Congressman Lucas. “As we mourn this senseless tragedy, I stand with our law enforcement officers and their families. The men and women who protect and serve our communities put their own wellbeing on the line everyday so that we can enjoy safe and productive lives. This is a time for us to come together because misplaced hate and violence will only divide our country further.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) released the following statement after FBI Director James Comey announced that the agency will not recommend criminal charges for Secretary Hillary Clinton’s improper handling of classified information on a private email server:
“Based on the FBI’s findings, I am very disappointed Director Comey did not recommend that the Justice Department hold Secretary Clinton accountable for her actions,” said Congressman Lucas. “It is hard to imagine that Secretary Clinton’s use of an unsecured, private email server was anything but a conscious effort to skirt public reporting requirements. Contrary to her public statements, the FBI found several instances of classified state secrets sent to and from her email.
“Secretary Clinton is a lawyer whose experience on these matters goes all the way back to working on the Watergate Committee and she has been involved at various levels of the federal government since her husband’s election back in 1992. To suggest any ignorance or misunderstanding of the law on her part is a disservice to the American people. I look forward to hearing more from the FBI Director in the days and weeks to come. The results of the FBI’s investigation are quite clear and I believe that this is not a closed matter.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) recently visited with the winner of the Third District Congressional Art Competition. Reagan Stephens, a student at Weatherford High School, was named this year’s winner for her piece entitled, “Friendship Forged in Iron”. She traveled to Washington with her parents, Brian and Michelle of Weatherford, Okla.
For the next year, Reagan’s oil painting will be featured in the United States Capitol alongside the winners from other congressional districts across the country.
“It was a pleasure to visit with Reagan to discuss the background of her incredible piece,” said Congressman Lucas. “I’m proud to have her artwork serve as a representation for the Third District. I wish Reagan the best of luck and hope she will continue to pursue her artistic talents.”
Lucas meets with Reagan in his Washington D.C. office [Full Size]
“Friendship Forged in Iron”[Full Size]
View the rest of this year’s art competition entries on Congressman Lucas’ website at http://lucas.house.gov/2016-art-competition-entires.
For more information, or to learn how to participate in next year’s Congressional Art Competition, please visit: http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition.Read More
2311 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
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.
On this day 109 years ago, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the Union. Happy Statehood Day! https://t.co/o7qIHx4Xll
Oklahoma is proud to have vets like Maj Gen Tinker as part of our state history. Thank you to those who have served… https://t.co/kTXRLBHJm3
Tomorrow the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System is hosting a town hall meeting in Stillwater for veterans to come ask questions and hear directly
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving this year with friends and family!
Very proud of how Oklahoma's Third District honors our vets! Some of my staff members had the opportunity to attend a number of Veterans Day
On this day 109 years ago, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the Union. Happy statehood day!
Veteran’s Day is a moment to reflect on the those who served our country – their sacrifices, their selflessness and their sense of duty that