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Lankford tweets from House floor; Boren refuses to vote for Pelosi

Four Oklahomans are now in with the majority as Republicans take over U.S. House.
BY CHRIS CASTEEL Published: January 6, 2011

— Freshman U.S. Rep. James Lankford, who relied heavily on social media during his upstart campaign last year, hasn't abandoned his favored way of communicating immediately with his supporters.

On Wednesday, he “tweeted” from the floor of the U.S. House.

“It is official,'' he said in a Twitter post. “John Boehner is the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is back to flying coach. Pray for our nation in transition.”

Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, was then sworn in by Boehner, along with the 434 other members of the House, including four other Oklahomans — Reps. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee; Tom Cole, R-Moore; Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne; and John Sullivan, R-Tulsa.

“Today marks the next step in a journey down a new path,” Lankford said later.

“For the next two years, House Republicans will work to put our country back on track with fiscal responsibility, free market reforms and greater transparency in government. This is what the country is expecting and Republicans are committed to the task.”

On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, who easily won re-election last year, was sworn into office for his second and final term; he has pledged not to run again.

Boren was one of 19 Democrats who didn't vote for California Rep. Nancy Pelosi for speaker. The vote was essentially a formality since Republicans have a large majority and had already chosen Boehner to be their leader.

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