Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) visited with the winner of the Third District Congressional Art Competition. Hadley Smith, a student at Cheyenne High School, was named this year’s winner for her piece entitled, “Working Cowgirl”. She traveled to Washington this week with her parents, Tracy and Loren of Cheyenne, Okla.
Hadley’s artwork, which made use of vivid colors in acrylic paint, will be featured in the United States Capitol for the next year alongside winners from other congressional districts.
“It was a pleasure to visit with Hadley to discuss her inspiration for the piece,” said Congressman Lucas. “Her artwork is a terrific reflection of Oklahoma’s Third District and will be enjoyed by thousands of Capitol visitors from across the country. I wish Hadley the best of luck and hope to see more of her unique and talented work in the future.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) today released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s King v. Burwell ruling to uphold Obamacare’s federal subsidies for state-run health exchanges.
“Today’s Supreme Court ruling doesn’t change the reality that Obamacare has failed to live up to most of its promises – premiums have risen and care choices are even more limited,” said Congressman Lucas.
“The president may be content with Obamacare narrowly surviving legitimate legal questions and the public’s concerns. However, I continue to believe it’s time to repeal this mess and replace it with a patient-centered system that doesn’t assume one size fits all when it comes to you and your family’s health care decisions.”Read More
Every few years a farm bill must be passed to ensure the stability of American agriculture. Farmers like Danny Davis of Oklahoma rely on the provisions granted in the legislation to maintain their farms, and Americans rely on farmers like Davis for everyday needs like food and clothing.
However, with Congress more divided than ever, this task is threatened. Congressman Frank Lucas, then-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, put his all into creating a bipartisan solution to pass the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) recently welcomed Jill Shero to serve as field representative for the northeast portion of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District, which covers 8 counties. Shero is an eastern Oklahoman native and Oklahoma State University graduate with a degree in international business.
“We are pleased to have Jill on our casework and fieldwork team,” said Lucas. “Her extensive internship experience at the US Department of Treasury in D.C. and familiarity with Oklahoma make her a valuable part of our team.”
“Eastern Oklahoma is the place I grew up and call home. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be part of Congressman Lucas’ staff and look forward to serving the people of Oklahoma’s third district,” said Shero.
In addition to Shero’s previous involvement with international nonprofit organizations, she brings grounded experience and knowledge of Oklahoma’s energy and agricultural industries.
Shero is the daughter of Earl and Cindy Shero of Wilburton, Okla. and the granddaughter of Stanley and Ella Davis of Grove, Okla. Her brother-in-law and sister, Jordan and Jessica Cash, live in Miami, Okla.
Shero will provide grassroots communication and casework assistance for Congressman Lucas’ district office located in Canadian county. She can be reached at (405) 373-1958.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) recently named Alison Slagell as staff assistant in his Washington office. Slagell, a native of Hydro, Oklahoma, graduated from Oklahoma State University in May with a degree in Agricultural Communications. She will assist constituents who call into Lucas’ office, in addition to organizing tours, managing the internship program and handling flag requests.
“I am pleased to have Alison join our team,” said Lucas. “With her knowledge of the district and experience serving as an intern in my office, she will be a tremendous asset to my staff and the constituents of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District.”
“As a native of the third district, I consider it a great honor to serve my fellow constituents. I am excited to join Congressman Lucas’ staff and extremely thankful for this wonderful opportunity,” said Slagell.
Last summer, Slagell interned with the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. Prior to that she served as an intern for Congressman Lucas during the summer of 2013. She is the daughter of Dennis and Candace Slagell and granddaughter of Ida Slagell and the late Walter Slagell.
Pawnee, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) today released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Waters of the United States final rule:
“Today the EPA stands by its decision to expand federal control over our nation’s waterways. This means anything from the largest lakes and rivers to the smallest drainage ditches commonly found on farms and ranches are subject to government scrutiny and penalties. The public has spoken loud and clear on this issue, yet the Obama administration has shut out rural America from its decision-making process.
“Oklahoma’s ag producers share the same conservation goals as the rest of our country; subjecting them to arbitrary fines and even more regulation will not make America’s water any cleaner. I continue to stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in strong opposition to this brazen government overreach.”
EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule seeks to define the rivers, streams, and other bodies of water that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The final rule redefines “navigable waterway” – which has traditionally guided federal policy – to potentially any flowing or standing water on public or private land.
Earlier this month the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015. This legislation prevents the administration from implementing the Waters of the U.S. Rule. It also requires the EPA to rewrite the rule and consider public input from the thousands of Americans who submitted comments on this matter.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Lincoln, Creek, Logan, Payne and Pawnee counties on May 26th and May 27th. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.
Tuesday, May 26
Stroud Town Hall Meeting
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Stroud Route 66 Coliseum (Hospitality Room)
1086 E 7th Street
Stroud, OK 74079
Bristow Town Hall Meeting
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Bristow Public Library (Large Conference Room)
111 West 7th Street
Bristow, OK 74010
Wednesday, May 27
Guthrie Town Hall Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Guthrie Public Library
201 N Division Street
Guthrie, OK 73044
Stillwater Town Hall Meeting
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Stillwater Public Library (Room 309)
1107 South Duck Street
Stillwater, OK 74074
Pawnee Town Hall Meeting
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pawnee City Hall
510 Illinois Street
Pawnee, OK 74058Read More
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday evening, the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 1561, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, legislation introduced by Congressmen Frank Lucas (OK-03) and Jim Bridenstine (OK-01) to increase lead times in the detection of severe weather, such as tornadoes or hurricanes.
The bill works to ensure funding at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is prioritized toward the best computer modeling, data and operation forecasts. Improved forecasting means more time to prepare and move to shelter for those in regions prone to inclement weather.
Congressman Lucas: “As Oklahomans, we’re no strangers to the pressing need for forecasting improvement. The devastating tornadoes throughout our state’s history serve as a stark reminder that we can do better to provide longer lead times to folks in harm’s way. I’m glad the house acted to pass this bipartisan initiative that will help save lives and reduce property damage. Every minute counts in disaster preparation.”
Congressman Bridenstine: “Weather forecasting is not a partisan issue. I am grateful to my House colleagues for recognizing the importance of improving our understanding of weather in order to better safeguard our constituents. I look forward to working with our Senate counterparts and encourage them to take up H.R. 1561 so that we can send legislation to the President’s desk, setting in motion improvements needed to better predict weather and save lives and property.”
The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act creates a joint technology transfer fund to incorporate new forecasting and models developed through NOAA’s Weather Research Program into our operational forecasts. In its assessment of the bill, the Congressional Budget Office reported that “public entities, such as weather agencies and public universities, would benefit from cooperative agreements… authorized in this bill for research and weather-related activities.”
The bill establishes a pilot program to demonstrate the value of acquiring data from commercial technologies available today. It prompts NOAA to actively consider new commercial data and private sector solutions to further enhance our country’s weather forecasting capabilities.
Lastly, the bill creates a dedicated tornado warning improvement extension program. The program is tasked with reducing the loss of life and destruction of property by actively working to extend tornado warning lead times.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed an amendment introduced by Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) to effectively remove the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) from the Endangered Species List (ESL) for a period of five years. The proposal, which passed by a vote of 229-190, amends the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to address concerns that the LPC’s “threatened” listing by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service could needlessly impact American defense readiness by hindering development of new facilities and training exercises. The recent listing has also generated concern among agriculture and energy producers in the five state region of the LPC.
“Despite strong conservation efforts in Oklahoma and other range states, the Lesser Prairie Chicken remains on the Endangered Species List. Its listing has not only created yet another layer of costs and bureaucracy for farmers and ranchers, but it could also force American military bases to tip toe around a set of dubious regulations.
“This amendment ensures our military may continue to operate on its own schedule, rather than waiting on approval from an agency bureaucrat,” said Congressman Lucas.
In addition to de-listing the Lesser Prairie Chicken – whose populations actually increased in 2014 – Lucas’ amendment also de-lists the American Burying Beetle which has been on the ESL since the early 1980’s despite the fact that its observed populations today are well above goals set by the Fish and Wildlife Services in 1991. There are numerous military bases in the Lesser Prairie Chicken’s range and dozens more in the very large estimated range of the American Burying Beetle.
The amendment is supported by the National Rural Electric Co-operatives Association (NRECA), Farm Bureau, the National Association of Homebuilders, and the Chamber of Commerce.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Canadian, Caddo, Kiowa, Jackson, Greer, and Harmon counties on May 6th and May 7th. All residents of these locations are invited to attend a meeting and express their opinions. Congressman Lucas will be discussing current events in Washington, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for opinions and input on legislation currently before Congress.
Wednesday, May 6:
El Reno Town Hall Meeting9:00 – 10:00 a.m.Hook N Slice Grill801 Babcock Drive, El Reno, OK
Hinton Town Hall Meeting10:30 – 11:30 a.m.Fire Station Community Room115 S. Broadway Street, Hinton, OK
Hobart Town Hall Meeting2:00 – 3:00 p.m.Stanley Building300 S. Washington Street, Hobart, OK
Altus Town Hall Meeting4:00 – 5:00 p.m.Days Inn2804 N. Main Street, Altus, OK
Thursday, May 7:
Mangum Town Hall Meeting1:00 – 2:00 p.m.Mangum Senior Citizens’ Center213 N. Oklahoma Ave., Mangum, OK
Hollis Town Hall Meeting3:00 – 4:00 p.m.Hollis Civic Center208 W. Jones Street, Hollis, OK
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.
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