James Lankford (born March 4, 1968) is the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 5th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
From 1996-2009 he was the student ministries and evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and was director of the Falls Creek youth programing at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. He stepped down on September 1, 2009 to run for Congress.
Early life and education
Lankford was born in Dallas, Texas. His mother was a public school librarian and homemaker. His father is a retired engineer. Some of his grandparents owned a small dry cleaning business.
His ancestors were dairy farmers. James’ stepfather was a Navy veteran and a career employee of AC Delco, the parts division of General Motors.
He attended the University of Texas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education. He then attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received a master’s degree in Divinity.
After graduating, he moved to Edmond and served with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. He became the Program Director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the U.S. with over 51,000 people attending in 2009.
U.S. House of Representatives
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management
- Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform (Chairman)
- Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Subcommittee on Aviation
- Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment
Lankford has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 18 years. Cindy is a Speech-Language Pathologist. They have two daughters: Hannah (13) and Jordan (10).
He is a member of the Heritage Foundation, Deer Creek Chamber of Commerce, Edmond Chamber of Commerce, South Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Chamber of Commerce, and the NRA.
January 23rd, 2012