Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture will award Langston University six agricultural research grants totaling $1,806,967 in federal funding. The grants are made available through the USDA’s 1890 Institution Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants program, which helps strengthen the partnerships among HBCU land-grant universities, government agencies, and private industry through the advancement of food and agricultural sciences.
“The partnership that is forged between our state’s land-grant universities and federal agencies is critically important to the development of scientific and agricultural innovation,” said Congressman Lucas. “Langston University has long been an international leader in the field of food and agricultural sciences. These grants will ensure that Oklahoma’s own innovators will continue to advance provide vital research for tomorrow’s challenges.”
The six grants through the 1890 Institution Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants program will ensure that Langston University will be able to establish a large animal testing center, enhance current goat management and education studies, enhance undergraduate academic programs related to biotechnology and horticultural practices, provide training in goat production and market gardening practices, develop a UAV enabled to provide livestock and pasture data, and research the effects of brackish/saline water in goats, sheep, and cattle. More information regarding these grants can be found by visitinghttp://www.nifa.usda.gov/.Read More
Washington, D.C. – The Office of Congressman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) has begun accepting submissions for the 2019 Congressional Art Competition. Each spring, a nationwide art competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize and encourage artistic talent in each congressional district. All high school students (public, private, or homeschooled) in Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District are eligible to participate.
“The artistic ability of Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District’s students is something to be amazed at. The Third District is home to a number of gifted young artists who deserve to have the opportunity to share their work with the rest of the country,” said Congressman Lucas. “It is my honor to once again be a host of the Congressional Art Competition. I look forward to recognizing the many artists of Western Oklahoma and ask that families and friends help spread the word.”
Those that are interested in participating can find all the information related to the 2019 Congressional Art Competition at https://lucas.house.gov/serving-you/art-competition. Entrants must deliver their artwork to 10952 NW Expressway, Suite B, Yukon, OK 73099 by close of business on Friday, April 19, 2019.
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Allison Litterell at (405) 373-1958.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Harmon County, Greer County, and Jackson County on Monday, March 18 and in Kiowa County and Washita County on Tuesday, March 19. Residents around this location 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 seeking input on legislation currently before Congress.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Harmon County Town Hall Meeting
Hollis Civic Center
208 W. Jones Street
Hollis, OK 73550
Greer County Town Hall Meeting
1:00- 2:00 p.m.
Greer County Chamber of Commerce
119 E. Jefferson Street
Jackson County Town Hall Meeting
Museum of the Western Prairie
1100 Memorial Drive
Altus, OK 73521
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Kiowa County Town Hall Meeting
300 S. Washington Street
Hobart, OK 73651
Washita County Town Hall Meeting
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Cordell Police Department
105 W. Main Street
Cordell, OK 73632
The beginning of March marks the end of Career and Technical Education Month across the United States. Such end marks another occasion to celebrate the endless opportunities that Oklahoma’s CareerTech System provides for hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans.
For years, employers expressed concern about filling manufacturing and technical jobs. The need for a workforce who would become our nation’s mechanics, engineers, and other skilled laborers became a greater urgency pushing states to adopt programs rising to meet the nation’s challenges.
And for more than 100 years, Oklahoma has risen to meet those challenges.
Oklahoma has championed efforts and developed world-class career and technical education programs- delivering on the promises of building a better tomorrow.
Whether it is in the labs and shops of Oklahoma high schools or on one of the 58 technology center campuses, young Oklahomans have the opportunity to hone skills that will make them sought after members of our state’s workforce. Many students find a passion in the CareerTech system that turns into a lifelong career, enabling them to contribute to their families and communities in a positive way.
Oklahoma CareerTech has worked with our state’s business and industry community to develop customized, on-demand training programs for both employers and employees. These industry-leading programs prepare employees to operate new equipment or emerging technology, upgrade or expand their current skills, enhance the safety procedures of a workplace, and much more.
The investment in such programs proves Oklahoma is open for business and allows for industries to provide more opportunities to the hard-working people of Oklahoma. Industry leaders are more-willing to start an enterprise or expand existing operations if they know they have a workforce ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
As most Oklahomans know, the brighter and more valuable the workforce, the healthier the economy.
Nationwide, our economy is booming. The latest Bureau of Economic Analysis report analyzing our nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shows that our economy, in 2018, grew at its strongest rate in 13 years- rounding the year out annually at 2.9 percent and rising 3.1 percent from the previous fourth quarter.
In Oklahoma, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the state’s annual average unemployment rate decreased from 4.2 percent in 2017 to 3.4 percent in 2018.
Along with a renewed confidence in the economy, Americans are also witnessing the fastest level of wage growth in a decade, record low unemployment, and increased business investments.
From automotive and aeronautics to cabinetry and textiles, Oklahoma’s CareerTech System served a total 6,948 businesses and 558,007 students and added $3.5 billion to the state’s economy.
In 2017, I was proud to support the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act. This bill, which was signed into law last summer, modernizes the allocation process from which career and technical education programs receive federal funding. It is essential that the laws that govern programs like CTE evolve at a rate that allows for innovation and expansion, while maintaining local control over how these funds are used. I have always been a supporter of career and technical education during my time in Washington and will continue to do so as long as I hold this office.
Oklahoma’s economic successes come from a number of factors, including strong, pro-growth economic policies enacted on the federal and state level, forward-thinking entrepreneurs and industry leaders, and a capable and stable workforce. The Oklahoma CareerTech System is critical to maintaining and strengthening our state’s economic power, ensuring that today’s workforce is well-equipped for tomorrow’s job opportunities.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after voting to oppose the termination of President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration:
“The constitutional authority of providing appropriations to our nation’s vital programs and various agencies and departments is one of the most important roles Congress is granted. Since the first appropriations bill in 1789, Congress has executed its duties and provided funding for our nation’s national defense as well as our agricultural producers. Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats are refusing to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the Southern border.
Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have voted time and time again to secure our nation’s borders and improve security at our ports of entry. While I am cautious of the use of national emergencies which reprograms appropriated funds, I am committed to addressing the ongoing crisis at our Southern border.
While the debate regarding our nation’s border security is ongoing, I am committed to working with my colleagues on building an immigration system that ends illegal immigration and protects our country.”
On February 15, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States. President Donald Trump issued this declaration under the authority of the National Emergencies Act.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement praising the President’s signing of H.R. 439, the “National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act” into law:
“The National FFA Organization has deep roots in Oklahoma and as an Oklahoma FFA alumnus, I was proud to support this piece of legislation. Further strengthening agricultural education, leadership development, and work-based learning for students, the National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act will better serve the nearly 670,000 young leaders who proudly call themselves members of the FFA. Oklahoma’s future is in good hands thanks to our state’s young leaders.”
The National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act updates the federal charter of the FFA, which was granted to the National FFA Organization in 1950 while also allowing FFA to choose its own Board of Directors. The bill also provides the flexibility for National FFA to increase the number of national officers, providing the opportunity to increase membership as the organization continues to grow.
President Donald J. Trump signed H.R. 439 into law on Thursday, February 21, 2019.Read More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank D. Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement announcing the recent hiring of Patrick Bond as his Communications Director:
“I am pleased to announce Patrick Bond’s new role as Communications Director on my staff. I know his experience and expertise will serve Oklahoma well as we keep the folks at home informed of all that is happening both here and back in Washington, D.C.”
Prior to joining Lucas’ staff, Patrick worked for Alabama Governors Robert Bentley and Kay Ivey, and most recently for Alabama’s most senior representative, Congressman Robert B. Aderholt. An Alabaster, Alabama native, Patrick is a graduate of The University of Alabama.
Oklahomans who wish to stay connected to Congressman Frank Lucas’ work in Washington, D.C. and around the state should visit www.lucas.house.gov, follow him on social media @RepFrankLucas, or sign up for his e-newsletter.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) applauds the passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agricultural Improvement Act in both the House and Senate.
“I am pleased my colleagues in the House and Senate have acted to pass the 2018 Farm Bill,” said Congressman Lucas. “This legislation builds upon the successes of the 2014 Farm Bill by protecting the safety net for producers and ensuring our fellow citizens have access to affordable, high-quality food. Low commodity prices have created a challenging environment for our country’s farmers and ranchers, so the farm safety net is more important than ever in providing producers with much-needed economic certainty.”
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) mourns the loss of former President George H. W. Bush. Congressman Lucas released the following statement:
“The first time I met George W. H. Bush he was Vice President of the United State and in the early stages of his successful run for President in 1988. I noted that day, that though he was a man of wealth from a very old stabilized east coast family, he wore a simple Timex watch and doodled patterns with a pencil on a piece of paper as he discussed every possible issue that could matter to a group of Oklahomans. I left that meeting impressed with him as a person and a knowledgeable leader.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) was named the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Congressman Lucas released the following statement:
“I am grateful to the members of the Republican Steering Committee and our conference for entrusting me with the position of Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. As the Democrats retake control of the House, I look forward to leading my Republican colleagues in holding the new majority accountable and promoting a conservative agenda.”
The Science, Space, and Technology Committee has jurisdiction over programs at NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The Committee oversees agency budgets of $42 billion, where the primary focus is on research and development. Rep. Lucas has been serving on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee since 1999 and Vice-Chair of the Committee since 2015.
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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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