WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Democrats have been calling the state party headquarters since President Barack Obama won re-election trying to get information about tickets for the Jan. 21 inauguration.
“What I'm telling them is that you have to call your Republican congressman or senator and ask them for tickets,” Wallace Collins, the chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said last week.
Oklahoma lawmakers have been allotted tickets and are now taking requests.
The senators are getting 393 tickets each, while the five House members are getting between 193 and 198 each, aides said.
Some of the offices will hold a lottery if demand outstrips supply, while others are distributing them first-come, first-served.
Jared Young, spokesman for Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said a random drawing will be held sometime after Christmas.
Requests from Oklahomans are increasing, though are still below the pace for President Barack Obama's historic inauguration in 2009, aides to the lawmakers said.
Collins said he hasn't kept track of the calls coming into party headquarters, but “there's definitely been a lot of interest.”
The Oklahoma State Society in Washington, which sponsors an inaugural gala, is planning one for Jan. 19 at a restaurant a few blocks from the National Mall. Ticket information will be available soon at www.okstatesociety.org.
The contact numbers for the Oklahoma members of Congress are:
• Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee: (202) 224-5754
• Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa: (202) 224-4721
• Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa: (202) 225-2211
• Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee: (202) 225-2701
• Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: (202) 225-5565
• Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: (202) 225-6165
• Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: (202) 225-2132