Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings in Elk City, Cordell, Weatherford, Watonga, and Kingfisher

2017/04/12

Yukon, Okla. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold five town hall meetings next week in Elk City, Cordell, Weatherford, Watonga, and Kingfisher on Wednesday, April 19, and Thursday, April 20. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent 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, April 19

Beckham County Town Hall Meeting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

City Hall

320 W. 3rd Street

Elk City, OK 73644

 

Washita County Town Hall Meeting

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cordell Police Department

105 W. Main Street

Cordell, OK 73632

 

Custer County Town Hall Meeting

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Blair Hall in City Hall

522 W. Rainey Avenue

Weatherford, OK 73096

 

Thursday, April 20

Blaine County Town Hall Meeting

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

City Hall Grand Ballroom

117 N. Weigle

Watonga,  OK 73772

 

Kingfisher County Town Hall Meeting

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Chisholm Trail Museum

605 Zellers Avenue

  Kingfisher, OK 73750

 

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Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings in Hollis, Mangum, Altus, Hobart, and Anadarko

2017/04/12

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas will hold five town hall meetings next week in Harmon, Greer, Jackson, Kiowa, and Caddo counties on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent 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, April 12

 

Harmon County Town Hall Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Hollis Civic Center

208 W. Jones Street

Hollis, OK 73550

 

Greer County Town Hall Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Greer County Chamber of Commerce

119 E. Jefferson Street

Mangum, OK 73554

 

Jackson County Town Hall Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Altus Municipal Complex, City Council Chamber

509 S. Main Street

Altus, OK 73521

 

Thursday, April 13

 

Kiowa County Town Hall Meeting

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Stanley Building

300 S. Washington Street

Hobart, OK 73651

 

Caddo County Town Hall Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

City Hall – Council Chamber

501 W. Virginia

Anadarko, OK 73005

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Lucas Statement on Trump Administration’s Emergency Grazing Authorization

2017/04/04

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) released the following statement today after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that President Trump has authorized emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.

“I’d like to thank President Trump and the USDA for taking decisive action to help ranchers impacted by the devastating wildfires,” said Congressman Lucas. “The president’s authorization provides ranchers with much needed flexibility to prevent further losses and speed up the recovery process. While no one can replace the cattle lost in this disaster, I appreciate the responsiveness of the federal government in working with state and local officials to minimize damages as much as possible.”

Ranchers who need to graze on CRP lands previously enrolled in contracts with USDA should contact their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office for more information.

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Lucas Weather Forecasting Bill Passes House and Senate

2017/04/04

Washington D.C. – The U.S House of Representatives today unanimously approved the Senate amendment to H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act, introduced by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03), Vice Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee. This legislation directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to prioritize its research to improve weather data, modelling, computing, forecasting, and warnings.

Vice Chairman Lucas: “When a major storm or tornado is quickly approaching your community, every additional minute of preparation time counts. This legislation strengthens our country’s commitment to severe weather forecasting and ensures NOAA has access to the best weather data. I am proud the bill also includes a dedicated Tornado Warning Improvement Program that will help develop detection and notification systems.

“The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act is a major step toward more accurate and timely weather predictions, and I am eager to see these life-saving policies signed into law soon.”

 

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “Today we took a major step to transform our nation’s weather forecasting.  The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act will enable new weather research, models, and technologies to better protect lives and property. With this bipartisan effort, we will improve forecasting by looking to the private sector for new technologies and weather solutions. This bill gives NOAA a clear vision and allows them the flexibility to buy new, affordable, and potentially better sources of data. With more and better options, we can finally make needed improvements to our weather forecasting capabilities.  I look forward to the president signing this critical legislation so that we can make our weather industry great again.”

 

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Restoring The EPA’s Credibility

2017/03/30

With the confirmation of former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Trump administration has demonstrated a bold commitment to unwinding the regulatory regime of the past eight years.

Under President Obama, EPA’s reputation dropped sharply in many parts of the country. Rather than partnering with state and local leaders to identify and address environmental issues, EPA was more interested in superseding states’ sovereignty through unilateral and vague rules and regulations.

EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, for example, was a particularly egregious case of the agency’s poor communication and questionable motives. The rule sought to vastly expand the agency’s regulatory control over our nation’s waterways to include small drainage ditches and even ponds on private property.

In rural America, EPA had become a four letter word. Many of my constituents were constantly worried about potential fines or the overwhelming cost of complying with prospective regulations.

By contrast, Administrator Pruitt has a strong understanding of the important role state and local leaders play in the regulatory process. He has the ability and opportunity to reestablish the rule of law at EPA and refocus the agency on addressing environmental issues in a practical and deliberate manner.

This will go a long way towards restoring EPA’s credibility, but that doesn’t mean we cannot still improve upon the agency’s process. This is a team effort; it’s Congress’s duty to identify practical reforms or changes that promote EPA’s objectives, which is why I introduced the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act.

The House will vote this week on my proposal to implement safeguards and shed light on the scientific review process behind many federal regulations.

One particular area of concern regarding EPA has been the objectivity and transparency of the Science Advisory Board (SAB), an organization created in 1978 to provide policymakers with independent expert advice on scientific and technical information.

Over time, the SAB has experienced a number of deficiencies that threaten the board’s objectivity and efficacy. In addition to limited public participation, there have been troubling instances of EPA interference with expert advice as well as potential conflicts of interest among the board’s members.

Addressing these shortcomings head-on is important because the data that comes out of the SAB is ultimately used to justify the regulatory framework our economy must operate under. More stringent regulations on energy and agriculture producers, for instance, often mean higher food prices or larger monthly utility bills for American families.

A major part of smart policymaking is soliciting advice from a variety of sources. That’s why the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act expands the opportunity for any qualified and unbiased expert to contribute to the SAB. Often state, local, or tribal officials can provide critical insight and knowledge on a pending regulatory issue, but currently there are only two members on the SAB who represent states.

The bill also requires the SAB to respond publicly to any dissenting scientific views. Taxpayers expect a responsive government so any uncertainty with scientific research should be handled in an open and transparent manner.

Sound science must be the cornerstone of sound policy; this principle holds true regardless of which party controls Congress or who sits in the Oval Office. With this legislation, we will ensure the most qualified and objective experts – not members of Congress or outside interest groups – are free to undertake an honest review of EPA’s regulatory science.

Lucas is the Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has served congressional districts in northern and western Oklahoma since 1994.

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House Passes Lucas Bill to Strengthen Scientific Integrity and Transparency at EPA

2017/03/30

Washington - The U.S House of Representatives today approved H.R. 1431, the EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act of 2017, introduced by Science, Space, and Technology Committee Vice Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.). The bill passed by a vote of 229-193.  This legislation restores the independence of Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) and promotes fairness, transparency, and public participation to ensure unbiased scientific advice.

Vice Chairman Lucas: “Sound science must be the cornerstone of sound policy. This principle holds true regardless of which party controls Congress or who sits in the Oval Office.  One way we can promote smart policymaking is by ensuring the research that goes into our decisions is transparent and unbiased. I’m pleased the House took action today to improve the Science Advisory Board so that the most qualified and objective experts are free to undertake an honest review of regulatory science.”

Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas): “This valuable bill opens the door to increased outside input, wider expert opinions, and more balanced recommendations in EPA’s SAB.  Long-needed reforms to the SAB will increase public participation in EPA’s science review process and require the SAB to be more responsive to the public and to Congress.  These changes will strengthen the public’s trust in the science that EPA uses to support its regulations. I appreciate Mr. Lucas’s leadership on this important legislation, and look forward to seeing this bill up for consideration in the Senate.”

 

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Lucas Attends Signing of NASA Authorization Bill at White House

2017/03/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today joined colleagues from the House and Senate, as well as NASA astronauts, to witness President Trump sign the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017. The legislation secures funding for NASA and supports programs such as the James Webb Space Telescope, the International Space Station, and NASA’s Mars 2020 rover.

“As Vice Chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, I was proud to be a part of this historic bill signing today at the White House,” said Congressman Lucas. “This forward-looking legislation recognizes the importance of NASA’s mission and helps to ensure our country will continue to be the global leader in space exploration and research.”

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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 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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OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

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