Frank Lucas (Oklahoma politician)

Frank Lucas
Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded by Collin C. Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2003
Preceded by Wes Watkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th district
In office
May 10, 1994 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by Glenn English
Succeeded by District eliminated
Personal details
Born Frank Dean Lucas[1]
(1960-01-06) January 6, 1960 (age 54)
Cheyenne, Oklahoma
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lynda Lucas
Residence Cheyenne, Oklahoma
Alma mater Oklahoma State University
Occupation Rancher
Religion Southern Baptist[2]

Frank Dean Lucas (born January 6, 1960) is the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district, serving since 2003, having previously represented the 6th district, from 1994 to 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party and chairs the House Committee on Agriculture. His district, numbered as the 6th district from 1994 to 2003, is the largest congressional district in the state and one of the largest in the nation that doesn't cover an entire state. It covers an area of 34,088.49 square miles and stretches from the Panhandle to the fringes of the Tulsa suburbs—almost half of the state's land mass.

Early life, education and career

Lucas is a lifelong resident of Cheyenne, a town in western Oklahoma. His family has lived and farmed in western Oklahoma for over a century. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in agricultural economics.

He first ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1984, narrowly losing. A second attempt in 1986 also fell short, but he won the seat in 1988.

U.S. House of Representatives

On October 30, 2013, [3] Lucas voted to amend the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, adding numerous additional exemptions to the ban on Federal government bailouts of large derivatives dealers[4], placing the interests of banks and investment firms (from whom he's taken over $450,000 in campaign contributions since 2008)[5] above those of taxpaying citizens by making them responsible for Wall Street gambling once again.

On July 24, 2013,[6] Lucas voted to continue funding NSA surveillance of U.S. citizens who are not suspected of committing any crime, in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.[7]

Committee assignments

Agriculture Committee

From 2003 through 2005, $14.7 billion in crop subsidies went to the congressional districts of members on the House Committee on Agriculture, an analysis by the non-partisan Environmental Working Group found. That was 42.4% of the total subsidies. Lucas is reported to have brought $422 million to his District.[8] In 2009 Lucas wrote a letter to the White House to protest plans to cut farm subsidies.[9]

Lucas is an ardent conservative. On his campaign Website, he bills himself as providing "effective conservative leadership for Oklahoma." He is a member of the Republican Study Committee. He is a staunch advocate of a federal prohibition of online poker. In 2006, he cosponsored H.R. 4777, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act[10] and voted for H.R. 4411, the Goodlatte-Leach Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.[11] In 2008, he opposed H.R. 5767, the Payment Systems Protection Act (a bill that sought to place a moratorium on enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act while the U.S. Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve defined "unlawful Internet gambling").

Political campaigns

In 1994, 6th district Congressman Glenn English stepped down to become a lobbyist for rural electric cooperatives. Lucas won the Republican nomination for the special election on May 10. He faced Dan Webber, press secretary to former Governor and U.S. Senator David L. Boren, now president of the University of Oklahoma. The 6th was already the largest in the state, stretching from the Panhandle to the town of Spencer, in the far northeastern Oklahoma City metropolitan area. However, the state legislature had redrawn it so that it included many poor Oklahoma City neighborhoods that had never voted Republican. Lucas scored a major upset; he won by eight percentage points, carrying 18 of the district's 24 counties. His victory has been seen by some pundits as an early sign of the wave six months later that saw the Republicans take control of the House for the first time in 40 years. Lucas himself won a full term in that wave and has been re-elected seven times, never dropping below 59 percent of the vote, and even ran unopposed in 2002 and 2004.

Lucas' district was renumbered as the 3rd after Oklahoma lost a district in the 2000 Census. His district, already by far the largest in the state, was made even larger. He lost most of his old district's share of Oklahoma City, which was home to 60 percent of the district's population. He once represented much of the downtown area, including the site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He still represents that portion of the city located in Canadian County. To make up for this large population loss, the 3rd was pushed further to the east, picking up part of the Tulsa area (including a small portion of Tulsa itself) and some rural areas. As a result, his district now includes 48.5 percent of the state's land mass, and is large as the state's other four districts combined.

Electoral history

Oklahoma's 6th congressional district: Results 1992–2000[12]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Glenn English * 134,734 68% Bob Anthony 64,068 32%
1994 Jeffrey S. Tollett 45,399 30% Frank D. Lucas 106,961 70%
1996 Paul M. Barby 64,173 36% Frank D. Lucas 113,499 64%
1998 Paul M. Barby 43,555 33% Frank D. Lucas 85,261 65% Ralph B. Finkle, Jr. Independent 2,455 2%
2000 Randy Beutler 63,106 39% Frank D. Lucas 95,635 59% Joseph V. Cristiano Libertarian 2,435 2%
* English resigned mid-term, and Lucas won the special election to succeed him against Democratic opponent Dan Webber.
Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district: Results 2002–2010[12]
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 (no candidate) Frank D. Lucas 148,206 76% Robert T. Murphy Independent 47,884 24%
2004 (no candidate) Frank D. Lucas 215,510 82% Gregory M. Wilson Independent 46,621 18%
2006 Sue Barton 61,749 33% Frank D. Lucas 128,042 67%
2008 Frankie Robbins 62,297 24% Frank D. Lucas 184,306 70% Forrest Michael Independent 17,756 7%
2010 Frankie Robbins 45,684 22% Frank D. Lucas 161,915 78%

References

External links

  • Congressman Frank Lucas official U.S. House site
  • Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  • Ballotpedia
  • NNDB
  • Project Vote Smart
  • GovTrack
  • OpenCongress
  • Roll Call
  • Federal Election Commission
  • OpenSecrets.org
  • The Washington Post
  • On the Issues
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Washington Post
  • C-SPAN programs
  • Bloomberg News
  • The Washington Post
  • SourceWatch
Preceded by
Glenn English
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

May 10, 1994–2003
Succeeded by
District Dissolved after 2000 Census
Preceded by
Wes Watkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district

2003–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Collin Peterson
Minnesota
Chairman of House Agriculture Committee
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Sam Farr
D-California
United States Representatives by seniority
74th
Succeeded by
Lloyd Doggett
D-Texas
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