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
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas is pleased to announce upcoming town hall meetings to be held in Ponca City, Perry, Stillwater and Guthrie on Tuesday, May 31st and Wednesday, June 1st. 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, May 31, 2016
Ponca City Town Hall Meeting
Standing Bear Museum
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
601 Standing Bear Parkway
Ponca City, OK 74601
Perry Town Hall Meeting
Perry Municipal Building
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
729 Cedar Street
Perry, OK 73077
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Stillwater Town Hall Meeting
Stillwater Public Library (Room 309)
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
1107 South Duck Street
Stillwater, OK 74074
Guthrie Town Hall Meeting
Oklahoma Territorial Museum
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
406 E Oklahoma Avenue
Guthrie, OK 73044Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-3) today voted to pass the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation which funds our nation’s military and sets our defense priorities for the year to come. Lucas released the following statement upon passage of the bill:
“Despite veto threats from President Obama, I believe the House-passed NDAA puts forward the best vision for the future of our military and national security,” said Congressman Lucas. “Whether it’s increasing troop pay or streamlining the acquisition system, this legislation boosts military readiness and ensures our servicemen and women have the tools they need to carry out the mission we ask of them.”
“Like the past five NDAA bills signed into law by President Obama, today’s legislation also contains language prohibiting the closure of Guantanamo Bay and prevents any effort to transfer terrorist combatants to American soil.
“From an Oklahoma perspective, this year’s NDAA is particularly important because it maintains support for the delivery of new KC-46A tankers – the next generation of armored aircraft used to perform aerial refueling procedures. Altus Air Force Base will oversee training on this modern aircraft and Tinker Air Force Base will provide logistics and support.”
H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act, is the 55th consecutive annual defense policy bill passed by Congress. The legislation increases troop pay by 2.1 percent and reverses the president’s drawdown on military troops by adding 3,000 Marines and 4,000 Airmen to our armed forces. It also builds upon recent military sexual assault reforms by making it easier for victims to report cases and implementing stricter sentences for offenders.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.
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