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James Lankford

United States Senate
Republican Party

United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
1015 N. Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(202) 224-5754

a Senator and a Representative from Oklahoma; born in Dallas, Dallas County, Tex., March 4, 1968; B.S., University of Texas, Austin, Tex., 1990; M.Div., Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary, Ft. Worth, Tex., 1994; youth camp director, 1996-2009; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Twelfth and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 2011-January 3, 2015); was not a candidate for reelection to the House of Representatives but was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in the November 4, 2014, special election to the unexpired portion of the term ending January 3, 2017, left vacant by the resignation of Thomas Coburn; took the oath of office on January 3, 2015; reelected in 2016 for the tem ending January 3, 2023.

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A bill to require agencies to publish an advance notice of proposed rule making for major rules.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to prevent fraud by representative payees.
Government Operations and Politics


A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that, during Public Service Recognition Week, public servants should be commended for their dedication and continued service to the United States.
Government Operations and Politics
This resolution supports the designation of May 5-May 11, 2019, as Public Service Recognition Week.


A bill to amend chapter 6 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the 'Regulatory Flexibility Act'), to ensure complete analysis of potential impacts on small entities of rules, and for other purposes.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to require each agency, in providing notice of a rule making, to include a link to a 100 word plain language summary of the proposed rule.
Government Operations and Politics
Providing Accountability Through Transparency Act of 2019 This bill requires the notice of a proposed rule by a federal agency to include the Internet address of a summary of the rule. The summary must be 100 words or fewer, written in plain language, and posted on


A resolution improving procedures for the consideration of nominations in the Senate.
This resolution limits Senate post-cloture consideration to two hours for certain nominations. This limitation applies to a nomination to U.S. district courts, to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, or to an executive branch position that is not at level I of the Executive Schedule; or as a member of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Election Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, the ...


A bill to provide taxpayers with an improved understanding of Government programs through the disclosure of cost, performance, and areas of duplication among them, leverage existing data to achieve a functional Federal program inventory, and for other purposes.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to amend section 3116 of title 5, United States Code, to clarify the applicability of the appointment limitations for students appointed under the expedited hiring authority for post-secondary students.


A bill to promote security and provide justice for United States victims of international terrorism.
International Affairs


A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to modify the period after retirement for authority of the Department of Defense to appoint retired members of the armed forces to positions within the Department after retirement.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to establish procedures and consequences in the event of a failure to complete regular appropriations.
Economics and Public Finance


A bill to modernize Federal grant reporting, and for other purposes.
Government Operations and Politics


A bill to amend title 38, United States Code, to expand eligibility for the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship to children and spouses of certain deceased members of the Armed Forces, and for other purposes.
Armed Forces and National Security


A resolution reaffirming the unique collaboration among United States nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including faith-based organizations, and the Israel Defense Forces to deliver humanitarian assistance to Syrians.
International Affairs


A resolution expressing the importance of the United States alliance with the Republic of Korea and the contributions of Korean Americans in the United States.
International Affairs


A bill to limit the transfer of F-35 aircraft to Turkey.
International Affairs


A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the inclusion of certain fringe benefit expenses for which a deduction is disallowed in unrelated business taxable income.
Lessen Impediments From Taxes for Charities Act or the LIFT for Charities Act This bill modifies the requirements for determining the unrelated business taxable income of tax-exempt organizations. The bill repeals a provision that requires unrelated business taxable income to be increased by the amount of expenses paid or incurred by a tax-exempt organization for certain fringe benefits for which a tax deduction is not allowed, including benefits relating to transportation, parking, or an on...


A bill to require the establishment of a process for excluding articles imported from the People's Republic of China from certain duties imposed under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, and for other purposes.
Foreign Trade and International Finance


A bill to provide for a period of continuing appropriations in the event of a lapse in appropriations under the normal appropriations process, and establish procedures and consequences in the event of a failure to complete regular appropriations.
Economics and Public Finance


A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow charitable organizations to make statements relating to political campaigns if such statements are made in the ordinary course of carrying out its tax exempt purpose.
The Free Speech Fairness Act This bill permits a tax-exempt organization to make certain statements related to a political campaign without losing its tax-exempt status. An organization may not lose its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be deemed to have participated in, or intervened in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, solely because of the content of any statement that (1) is made in the ordin...