Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Never Forget

2014/09/11

Thirteen years ago, our nation suffered one of the most devastating terrorist attacks in modern history. The lives of thousands of innocent Americans were suddenly taken by an evil we did not yet fully understand.

September 11th was a sobering moment for the entire country. When it finally hit home, it came as a complete shock.

I will never forget that morning in my Washington office. Much like my grandparent’s generation that could tell you where they were when Pearl Harbor was announced or my parent’s generation when they heard the news of President Kennedy’s assassination, I will always remember watching the live footage on TV of the second plane hitting the World Trade Center before police officers evacuated us from the building.

Recovering from a tragedy of this magnitude is no simple task. However, the character of our nation was on full display that day. First responders, police officers, and firefighters selflessly fought through the soot and rubble to help survivors to safety.

In the immediate aftermath, many Americans answered the call to serve, and many have laid down their lives to fight this pervasive evil. Their service has sent a clear and resounding message to the rest of the world: The United States will not tolerate terrorism and will take decisive action to protect its citizens and interests.

Over the past decade, our country has grown to understand the harsh realities of terrorism.

Just two years ago, the horrific attack in Benghazi that took the lives of four Americans reminded us that the threat of terrorism persists. It reminded us that we cannot slip into complacency.

Today, we face the burgeoning threat of ISIS, a terrorist organization that has slaughtered countless innocent men, women, and children in the name of establishing an oppressive Islamic state. In their attempt to create a political state, they have managed to take control of significant regions in both Syria and Iraq – all while recruiting more supporters and militants to their campaign of violence.

ISIS has actively threatened harm to American civilians at home. The brutal filmed execution of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, only served to confirm their intent.

Unfortunately, the response from the White House has been incomplete and troubling up until this point. In January, the president dismissed the Islamic militant organization as a “J.V. team” even after they overwhelmed Iraqi security forces to take control of Fallujah. Then, just last week, when asked about the threat of ISIS, President Obama told reporters that “We don’t have a strategy yet.”

It was not until last night the president addressed the nation on this matter. I am glad he acknowledged the threat of ISIS and laid out a general strategy to dismantle the militant organization. However, words alone will not defeat these extremists. 

I wish the president had come to this observation before the Islamic state had the opportunity to develop into such a critical national security threat.

We are dealing with extremists who will do whatever it takes to hurt American citizens, which requires a definitive and serious response. In the coming days, I will review the president’s plan to ensure our military has the tools and resources to carry out this mission.

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Lucas Praises House Passage of Bill to Block EPA Power Grab

2014/09/09

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas issued the following statement today upon passage of H.R. 5078, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act. This legislation prohibits the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing, implementing, and enforcing a proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. It is the authority of Congress, not the administration, to change the scope of the Clean Water Act.

“I’m pleased the House approved this commonsense legislation to block the EPA from expanding its control of our nation’s land and water resources. This bipartisan bill will preserve states’ rights and it ensures the Obama administration consult state and local officials on any future proposal to regulate our nation’s waters under the Clean Water Act.

“The EPA is once again seeking to overstep its authority and we are here to remind them of the balance of powers. The agency’s proposed rule to redefine waters of the United States would trigger an onslaught of additional red tape for farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma and across the nation. Protecting our natural resources is a noble cause and one that the agriculture community stands solidly behind. However, the EPA’s proposed rule is an underhanded way to harm American agriculture and threaten our country’s food security,” said Congressman Lucas.

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Lucas Supports Bill to Improve Transparency of Endangered Species Listings

2014/07/29

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas today issued the following statement upon passage of H.R. 4315, the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act. Lucas was a cosponsor of the legislation, which passed the House 233-190.

“Farmers and ranchers in Oklahoma have gone to great lengths to comply with arbitrary listings of threatened species on their land. These listings often carry increased regulatory burdens that damage our local economies.

“I am pleased the House passed this commonsense legislation to promote openness in the listing process and provide land owners with a greater degree of certainty.”

This legislation would require the Secretary of Interior to publicly disclose the best scientific and commercial data available that are the basis for regulation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Earlier this month, Congressman Lucas joined several House colleagues in sending a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting an analysis of cost and effectiveness of USDA conservation programs on the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC), found in parts of Oklahoma. Despite its recent population increase of more than 20 percent, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lists the LPC as threatened under the ESA; an action seemingly at odds with the best available data.

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Mixed Signals on Immigration

2014/07/17

This year we have witnessed an astounding surge of illegal immigration, specifically from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. It’s been estimated that over 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October of last year. Consequently, state and local governments are finding themselves overwhelmed by the sudden responsibility to provide care and housing for these thousands of children and teenagers.

In response to the flood of immigration, several military bases have been designated by the government as temporary housing. In Oklahoma, roughly a thousand immigrant minors are currently staying in Fort Still, and it remains unclear for how long. The Department of Health and Human Services has even requested to house these children through January of next year.

The sharp increase in illegal immigration has led President Obama to request $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress. According to the White House, the money will be used to hire more immigration judges to speed up deportation hearings, provide additional medical attention for immigrants, and pay border patrol agents overtime.

However, only a small portion of that money would be spent to address border security – the root cause of this crisis. A larger fraction of this funding would go to housing and transporting these minors to various temporary facilities within the United States.

There is nothing compassionate about the Administration’s response on this issue. President Obama’s mixed signals and refusal to fully enforce our current immigration laws has sent a green light to Central American families seeking to send their children to the United States.

Another aspect of this problem – and an area where the president can work with Congress – is a 2008 human trafficking law that has unintentionally complicated the deportation process for individuals from countries other than Mexico or Canada. Regardless of origin, all illegal immigration must be dealt with equitably.

Basically what the current situation amounts to – and the way the Administration has handled the issue – is if a minor from another country enters the United States, the government will release the child to a relative until a deportation trial months, even years later, which many do not even show up for.

These families are paying dangerous drug traffickers thousands of dollars to transport their children to our southern border. And not only will these drug traffickers continue to profit, this unchecked illegal immigration will incentivize more families to send their children on the perilous, potentially deadly, journey through Mexico to our border.

This situation has evolved into a humanitarian crisis with the potential to become even worse. If President Obama wants to send a clear message to Central America, he can start by enforcing our country’s immigration laws and working with Congress to secure the border.

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Lucas Announces Upcoming Town Hall Meetings

2014/05/27

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Alfalfa, Beaver, Cimarron, Texas and Woods counties June 2&3.  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.

Monday, June 2:

Boise City Town Hall Meeting 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. PTCI Room 115 West Main Street

Guymon Town Hall Meeting 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. PTCI Meeting Room 607 South Main

Beaver Town Hall Meeting 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Beaver County Farm Bureau 812 South Douglas

Tuesday, June 3: Cherokee Town Hall Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Alfalfa County Farm Bureau 113 South Grand

Alva Town Hall Meeting 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. NWOSU Student Center, Ranger Room 709 Oklahoma Avenue

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Lucas Statement on Passage of National Defense Authorization Act

2014/05/22

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas today made the following statement after the United States House of Representatives passed H.R. 4435, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2015. This is the fifty-third consecutive NDAA, and it is the key mechanism to provide funding for our nation’s military.

“I am very pleased the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act today to provide for the common defense of the United States,” said Lucas. “I commend Chairman McKeon and members of the House Armed Services Committee for their hard work and diligence in preparing the NDAA to meet the constitutional obligation of protecting our great country.

“H.R. 4435 equips our Department of Defense (DoD) with the resources needed to protect American citizens in a constantly changing security environment. It provides our men and women in uniform the tools they need to protect our national security interests domestic and abroad. The NDAA also reaffirms the nuclear deterrence of Iran as a vital national security interest, as well as continues to build upon our longstanding alliance with Israel by investing in their missile defense programs. Further, it prevents the President from using funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees to American soil.

“It is crucial that we always provide adequate resources for our nation’s military, and I am pleased H.R. 4435 accomplishes this important goal. It is my hope this NDAA will be passed in the Senate and signed into law by President Obama.”

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Lucas Congratulates Nguyen on His Acceptance of Appointment to the U.S. Military Academy

2014/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas welcomed Danny Nguyen, Yukon, Okla. native, to his district office on Monday to congratulate him on his acceptance of appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“It is with great pleasure to congratulate Danny on his acceptance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point,” said Lucas. “His selection is not only a testament to his dedication to serve our country, but it also demonstrates what bright and capable students we have in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District. I am very proud of Danny, and I wish him only the best this fall and continued success in his future endeavors.” 

Nguyen is currently a student at Mustang High School in Mustang, Okla. He is a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and plans to study engineering and military history. Additionally, he started his high school triathlon team.  He is the son of Minh and Ha Nguyen, of Yukon, Okla.

Four of our nation’s five service academies require a congressional nomination, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy.  In order to receive a nomination, the student must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and a resident of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma.  Each academy offers young men and women a free college education at a highly ranked, nationally recognized academic program while preparing them for an officer’s commission in the armed forces upon graduation. 

Third District students interested in applying for the 2014-2015 Service Academies should contact Allison Litterell in Lucas’ district office at (405) 373-1958, or visit the web site at http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

Photo Attached: Pictured (LEFT to RIGHT): Ha Nguyen, Yukon, OK; Danny Nguyen, Yukon, OK: Congressman Frank Lucas.

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Lucas Congratulates Loosen on His Acceptance of Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy

2014/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas welcomed Carter Loosen, Kingfisher, Okla. native, to his district office Monday to congratulate him on his acceptance of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

“It is with great pleasure to congratulate Carter on his acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado,” said Lucas. “His selection is not only a testament to his dedication to serve our country, but it also demonstrates what bright and capable students we have in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District. I am very proud of Carter, and I wish him only the best this fall and continued success in his future endeavors.” 

Loosen is currently a student at Kingfisher High School in Kingfisher, Okla. He plays the tenor sax, bass guitar, piano and sings. Additionally, he is a black belt in karate and has two grandfathers who have served in the military. Loosen was also accepted to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; however, he chose the Air Force Academy. He is the son of Clay Loosen of Watonga, Okla., and Jeff and Marette Foreman of Kingfisher, Okla.

Four of our nation’s five service academies require a congressional nomination, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy.  In order to receive a nomination, the student must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and a resident of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma.  Each academy offers young men and women a free college education at a highly ranked, nationally recognized academic program while preparing them for an officer’s commission in the armed forces upon graduation. 

Third District students interested in applying for the 2014 - 2015 Service Academies should contact Allison Litterell in Lucas’ district office at (405) 373-1958, or visit the web site at http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

Photo Attached: Pictured (LEFT to RIGHT): Jeff Foreman, Kingfisher, OK; Marette Foreman, Kingfisher, OK; Carter Loosen, Kingfisher, OK; Congressman Frank Lucas.

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Lucas Congratulates Arnold on His Acceptance of Appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy

2014/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas welcomed Brendon Arnold, Enid, Okla. native, to his district office Monday to congratulate him on his acceptance of appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado.

“It is with great pleasure to congratulate Brendon on his acceptance to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado,” said Lucas. “His selection is not only a testament to his dedication to serve our country, but it also demonstrates what bright and capable students we have in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District. I am very proud of Brendon, and I wish him only the best this fall and continued success in his future endeavors.” 

Arnold is currently a student at the Oklahoma Bible Academy in Enid, Okla. He has been on mission trips in Guatemala and Poland, sings in the choir, and runs track and cross country. Additionally, his grandfather James Turley served in the Air Force for 22 years. Arnold is the son of Christopher and Angela Arnold, of Enid, Okla.

Four of our nation’s five service academies require a congressional nomination, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy.  In order to receive a nomination, the student must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and a resident of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma.  Each academy offers young men and women a free college education at a highly ranked, nationally recognized academic program while preparing them for an officer’s commission in the armed forces upon graduation. 

Third District students interested in applying for the 2014 - 2015 Service Academies should contact Allison Litterell in Lucas’ district office at (405) 373-1958, or visit the web site at http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

PHOTO ATTACHED: Pictured: Brendon Arnold

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Lucas Congratulates Choi on His Acceptance of Appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy

2014/05/14

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas welcomed John Choi, Enid, Okla. native, to his district office on Monday to congratulate him on his acceptance of appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

“It is with great pleasure to congratulate John on his acceptance to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis,” said Lucas. “His selection is not only a testament to his dedication to serve our country, but it also demonstrates what bright and capable students we have in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District. I am very proud of John, and I wish him only the best this fall and continued success in his future endeavors.” 

Choi is currently a student at Enid High School in Enid, Okla. He is a member of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps and plans to study aeronautical, astronautical and mechanical engineering. He is the son of Abraham and Sun Kim Choi, of Enid, Okla.

Four of our nation’s five service academies require a congressional nomination, including the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Air Force Academy, and the Naval Academy.  In order to receive a nomination, the student must be between the ages of 17 and 23 and a resident of the Third Congressional District of Oklahoma.  Each academy offers young men and women a free college education at a highly ranked, nationally recognized academic program while preparing them for an officer’s commission in the armed forces upon graduation. 

Third District students interested in applying for the 2014 - 2015 Service Academies should contact Allison Litterell in Lucas’ district office at (405) 373-1958, or visit the web site at http://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/military-academy-nominations.

Photo Attached: Pictured: John Choi (LEFT), Congressman Frank Lucas (RIGHT)

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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

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Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom Cole

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