WASHINGTON â€” U.S. Rep.-elect James Lankford went to a dinner honoring Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett while in Washington last week.
Cornett soon will be Lankford's constituent
It's a little known fact, but Lankford is already Cornett's constituent. That was part of their dinner conversation.
Lankford has an Edmond mailing address and identifies himself as being from Edmond. In the biography on his campaign website, Lankford says he moved to Edmond after getting his master's degree. In fact, he moved to Oklahoma City.
Lankford's house is in Oklahoma City and is actually miles from Edmond.
Cornett's former chief of staff, David Holt, who has made a mission of knowing the many mismatches between Oklahoma City boundaries and U.S. Postal Service designations, has been behind a push to get Lankford to identify his residency correctly. Holt, who was recently elected to the Oklahoma state Senate, also informed The Oklahoman, which has identified Lankford as being from Edmond.
â€œWe think it's important to be accurate,â€ Cornett said, adding that the city is proud to have Lankford as a resident.
The congressman-elect said it is â€œchallenging that I live in Oklahoma City proper, I have an Edmond mailing address and my kids attend Deer Creek schools.â€
He said he receives Oklahoma City water and sewer services, and is covered by the city's police and fire departments.
While in Washington, he said, he had to fill out paperwork in which he noted that his house is in Oklahoma City. When he saw Cornett at the dinner, Lankford said, he joked to the mayor that he had complied with Holt's wishes.
Because of the way the U.S. Postal Service assigns ZIP codes, Lankford's situation is not unusual in Oklahoma City or in the United States.
According to a map provided by Holt of the city's boundaries and the various ZIP codes within them, there are Oklahoma City residents with mailing addresses of Edmond, Jones, Spencer, Yukon, Piedmont, Norman, Choctaw and Newalla.
Edmond Mayor Patrice Douglas, responding to an e-mail inquiry from The Oklahoman, said, â€œAs mayor of Edmond, we welcome James as an Edmondite â€” regardless of his technical address.