Oklahoma Rep. James Lankford eyes leadership position in Congress
Just three years removed from running a Baptist youth camp, Rep. James Lankford, of Oklahoma City, appears to have locked down the fifth-ranking spot in the House Republican leadership.
He was the director of the Falls Creek youth camp and a political neophyte in 2009 when he began running for Congress and wound up knocking off two experienced and well-funded GOP primary candidates with a grass-roots campaign.
Lankford got 59 percent of the vote Tuesday in winning a second term in the district that includes most of Oklahoma County, Pottawatomie County and Seminole County.
Twenty years ago, another Oklahoma City Republican was chairman of his party's policy committee — former Rep. Mickey Edwards. Former Sen. Don Nickles, of Ponca City, was chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee for six years.