Shortly after the inauguration of the United States’ first president in New York City, the First United States Congress signed the Census Act of 1790.
Signed into law by President George Washington, Vice President John Adams, and Speaker of the House Frederick Muhlenberg, the Census Act of 1790 called for “the marshals of the several district of the United States shall be, and they are hereby authorized and required to cause the number of the inhabitants within their respective districts to be taken;”.
Since 1790, our nation has taken a count of its population every decade, ensuring that our representative democracy functioned properly and responsibly. Thus, the importance of an accurate count has become invaluable.
In rural areas especially, it is vitally important that accurate counts of the population are recorded in order to provide true and equal representation from our nation’s capitol to the state legislature.
Because of the importance of providing such an accurate count, several states have begun investing in initiatives ensuring that their census outreach programs provide as much of an accurate count as possible.
Similar to how exploration has influenced our nation’s geographical boundaries, time and social influences have also affected the make-up of an ever-increasing population.
Following our Nation’s first census, the needs and interests became more complex resulting in a more detailed process for providing more information regarding our country’s civic, social, and economic well-being.
After the boom of the Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Census of 1810 included detailed commerce data relating to the successes of America’s manufacturing industry. Thirty years later in 1840, the first questions relating to agriculture were introduced- paving the way for what would become the United States Department of Agriculture’s annual Census of Agriculture. And in 1850, questions relating to the influence of our nation’s societal and cultural factors such as taxation, crime, and education were added- ensuring even more detailed data was included for the make up of our federal programs.
Decade after decade, the U.S. Census is a portrait detailing our nation’s economic and social characteristics. And the importance of each survey can not be underestimated.
Since 1790, the U.S. Census has accounted for congressional representation but over time the census has headed additional responsibility in ensuring that our republic truly represent the people.
In addition to shaping representation on the federal level, census figures are used in the apportionment and redistricting at the state and local government level ensuring that equal representation is found on all levels of our government.
Whether it’s allocating federal, state, and local grants, revenue-sharing programs, and even basic research for our academic institutions, the census is vitally important to how we shape our future.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement after the United States Department of Justice delivered Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report to the public.
“Today, the United States Department of Justice provided the complete transparency needed to bring this investigation to a close. Complying with current federal statute, protecting grand jury material, classified information, and the integrity of the investigative process, United States Attorney General William Barr provided the public a report that detailed an investigation spanning 22 months, 2,800 subpoenas, 500 executed search-and-seizure warrants, 40 intelligence officials, 19 attorneys, and two congressional investigations.
While the investigation into President Donald Trump and the Trump Campaign rocked our nation’s discourse for nearly two years, the American people now know, without a shadow of a doubt, that no Americans conspired with Russia to interfere in our elections.
While I’m encouraged by those who respected the honest work and integrity of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Republicans and Democrats alike, I believe it is now time to move on. For years partisan politics has dominated the rhetoric in both Washington and back home. I’m hopeful the close of this chapter in the story of American democracy will once again bring Republicans and Democrats together to focus on the issues affecting the lives of the American people.”Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Garfield County and Kingfisher County on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 and Creek County, Lincoln County, and Logan County on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. 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.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Garfield County Town Hall Meeting
10:30- 11:30 a.m.
Northern Oklahoma College
Hallie Gantz Student Center
2200-2498 East Main Avenue
Enid, OK 73701
Kingfisher County Town Hall Meeting
1:30- 2:30 p.m.
Chisholm Trail Museum
605 Zellers Avenue
Kingfisher, OK 73750
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Creek County Town Hall Meeting
Bristow Public Library
111 West 7th Avenue
Bristow, OK 74010
Lincoln County Town Hall Meeting
Route 66 Interpretive Center
400 East 1st Street
Chandler, OK 74834
Logan County Town Hall Meeting
Guthrie Train Depot
409 West Oklahoma Avenue
Guthrie, OK 73044
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) will hold town hall meetings in Woodward County, Harper County, and Beaver County on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 and Texas County and Cimarron County on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 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.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Woodward County Town Hall Meeting
12:30- 1:30 p.m.
Woodward Conference Center
Meeting Room 3
3401 Centennial Lane
Woodward, OK 73801
Harper County Town Hall Meeting
2:30- 3:30 p.m.
Laverne Community Center
201 South Broadway
Laverne, OK 73848
Beaver County Town Hall Meeting
First Security Bank
15 South Douglas
Beaver, OK 73932
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Texas County Town Hall Meeting
Guymon City Hall
424 North Main Street
Guymon, OK 73942
Cimarron County Town Hall Meeting
115 West Main Street
Boise City, OK 73933
In 1798, Thomas Malthus theorized that the Earth’s population would far outpace its agricultural production, causing the human race to face an epidemic and undeniable catastrophe. The “Malthusian Catastrophe”, is a theory that continues to be defied by mankind and our capacity for scientific and technological innovation.
Since the practice of agricultural production began, the human race has cultivated innovation to improve crop and livestock yield and health, further extending the human timeline. In 10,000 B.C., humans experimented with the cultivation of grains and developed irrigation practices in the Fertile Cresent located in the Middle East. In 3500 B.C. Egyptians crafted farming and hand tools such as the hoe and plow to provide for a more efficient way of working the land. In 200 A.D. the Roman Empire began the practice of crop rotation ensuring the longevity of plant soil in the region.
In 1910, German chemists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch developed the Haber-Bosch Process which industrialized the fertilization process sparking an event known as the “detonator of the population explosion”. And in 1914, an American farmer maize geneticist, Donald F. Jones, using the practical applications of earlier known geneticists, produced a high-yielding hybrid corn for America’s farmers.
Since my first election to the United States House of Representatives, I have seen the impact of modern innovations too. Serving on both the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I have had the opportunity to be a leading voice advancing bioscience research across the nation.
As a farmer and former Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, I understand the importance of how bioscience continues to enhance plant and agriculture techniques. From advanced soil profiling to gene edited seeds, advances in agricultural biosciences ensure that the Malthusian Catastrophe remains debunked.
Furthermore, these innovative biological techniques allow the American farmer to maximize their land while making the U.S. economy a thriving marketplace for the production and promotion of new ideas and products.
For generations the United States has been a leader in global biosciences and as the current Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, I believe we must keep pace and set a research and regulatory framework that supports further innovation and ensures that the U.S. remains that global leader.
My home state of Oklahoma is no stranger to being a leader in the bioscience industry. Businesses and institutions such as Cytovance Biologics and Oklahoma State University have established themselves in the science field providing much needed research and development. With over 890 bioscience related businesses across the state, Oklahoma’s companies are pioneers in agricultural and industrial sciences. The state’s businesses have helped launch the economic boom in Oklahoma as bioscience businesses have increased employment by 13.4 percent from 2014 through 2016- a growth rate that far outpaces the national average of 4.4 percent.
Whether it’s in the labs of Oklahoma’s agricultural research institutions or in the farms stretching across the state’s landscape, Oklahomans are spurring innovation on a scale which our ancestors could have never imagined.
The future investment in bioscience is critical to the agricultural industry as bioengineering, but more specifically gene editing, will be the next steppingstone in our timeline. Since the dawn of man, humans have been improving and enhancing plant and animal genetics providing for a more innovative way of life, and will continue to do so for the benefit of mankind.
Just as Dr. Norman Borlaug developed new crop strains saving billions from famine, Oklahoma and the United States must remain a key innovator ushering in the next agriculture revolution.Read More
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) released the following statement regarding the completion of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and the principal summary written by United States Attorney General William Barr.
“After two years, two congressional investigations, more than 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witness interviews, and millions of taxpayer dollars, it is undeniably clear that there was no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. The summary of the Special Counsel’s investigation, written by Attorney General William Barr, clearly validates what millions of Americans already knew and what the frenzied media and Democrats refused to acknowledge: that Democrats have lost touch with main street America and will push outlandish theories in order to discredit a President.
I hope the report will at last bring a close to the wild-goose chase perpetuated by Democrats so that we may finally focus on the issues that affect the lives of the American people.”Read More
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
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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