WASHINGTON â€” As Rep.-
At the freshman orientation, there was a Republican involved in a contested election whose chances to serve in the next Congress had faded greatly while he was in Washington last week.
â€œHonestly, we're just grateful to be able to be here,â€ said Lankford, an Edmond Republican who won the 5th District seat being vacated by Rep.
Lankford won't be sworn in until Jan. 5, but he and more than 90 other freshmen spent the week trying to get ready to go to work.
There were briefings on House policies and procedures and ethics rules, class pictures and meetings with potential staff members.
â€œMost of orientation is extremely important information given in the most boring format possible,â€ Lankford said.
In a few weeks, Lankford may be saying the same thing about congressional hearings.
Lankford was a little more enthused about the rest of the new members.
â€œIt's a great class, a lot of folks that are here from very diverse backgrounds, folks that have never been in politics, folks that have been in politics a long time,â€ he said. â€œSo it's a lot of fun.â€
Lankford, a former youth camp director, is among those who have never held political office.
His surprise victory as the Republican nominee came after a relatively low-
Lankford used those tools last week to keep in touch with his followers, sending out a picture of himself on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and tweeting that it took multiple buses to ferry the Republican freshmen around but only a small shuttle for the
Lankford's wife, Cindy, was in Washington to help with the transition, including the hunt for office space.
Lankford didn't have much luck in the freshman drawing; he picked number 72, meaning 71 freshmen got to pick an office before him, and he was consigned to the Siberia of the House offices.
â€œThis office search is funny to me,â€ he said.
â€œWe have always joked and said, â€˜We are freshmen coming into this class. We'll end up in a closet right behind the janitor's closet somewhere as our office space.'
â€œBut we still have work to get done, so that's not a problem.â€
We have always joked and said, â€˜We are freshmen coming into this class. We'll end up in a closet right behind the janitor's closet somewhere as our office space.' But we still have work to get done, so that's not a problem.â€
James Lankford, 5th District congressman-elect