Frank Lucas
Ranking Member of the House Science Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byEddie Bernice Johnson
Chair of the House Agriculture Committee
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byCollin Peterson
Succeeded byMike Conaway
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma
Assumed office
May 10, 1994
Preceded byGlenn English
Constituency6th district (1994–2003)
3rd district (2003–present)
Personal details
Born
Frank Dean Lucas

(1960-01-06) January 6, 1960 (age 62)
Cheyenne, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Lynda Bradshaw
(m. 1988)
Children3
EducationOklahoma State University–Stillwater (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

Frank Dean Lucas (born January 6, 1960) is an American politician serving as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district since 2003, having previously represented the 6th district from 1994 to 2003. He is a member of the Republican Party and serves as the ranking minority member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. His district, numbered as the 6th district from 1994 to 2003, is the largest congressional district in the state and one of the largest in the nation that does not cover an entire state. It covers 34,088.49 square miles and stretches from the Panhandle to the fringes of the Tulsa suburbs, covering almost half of the state's land mass. Lucas is the dean of Oklahoma's House delegation.

United States House of Representatives

Tenure

On April 7, 2014, Lucas introduced the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act (H.R. 4413; 113th Congress) into the House.[1] The bill would reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission through 2018 and amend some provisions of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.[2][3]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Political campaigns

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Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas speaks at a town hall meeting held in the Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma on September 26, 2011.
Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas speaks at a town hall meeting held in the Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City, Oklahoma on September 26, 2011.

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Lucas first ran for the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1984 as a Republican against the incumbent Democrat, narrowly losing. A second attempt in 1986 also fell short, but he won in 1988. He lost in 1990 after the legislature made his district somewhat friendlier to Democrats, but he returned in 1992.

U. S. House of Representatives

In 1994, 6th district Congressman Glenn English stepped down to become a lobbyist for rural electric cooperatives. Lucas won the Republican nomination for the special election on May 10. He faced Dan Webber, press secretary to U.S. Senator David L. Boren. The 6th was already by far the largest in the state, stretching from the Panhandle to the town of Spencer, in the far northeastern Oklahoma City metropolitan area. But the state legislature had redrawn it so that it included many poor Oklahoma City neighborhoods that had never voted Republican. Lucas scored a major upset, winning by eight percentage points and carrying 18 of the district's 24 counties. Some pundits have seen his victory as an early sign of the Republican Revolution that November, when Republicans took control of the House for the first time in 40 years. Lucas won a full term in November with 70% of the vote. He has been reelected seven times, never with less than 59% of the vote, and was unopposed in 2002 and 2004.

Lucas's district was renumbered as the 3rd after Oklahoma lost a district in the 2000 Census. His already vast district was made even larger. He lost most of his share of Oklahoma City, which was home to 60% of the district's population. He once represented much of the downtown area, including the site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He still represents the part of the city in Canadian County. To make up for this large population loss, the 3rd was pushed farther east, picking up several of Tulsa's western suburbs (including a small portion of Tulsa itself) and some rural areas. As a result, his district now includes 48.5% of the state's landmass, and is nearly as large as the state's other four districts combined.

2014 Republican primary

In the 2014 Republican primary, Lucas won 83% of the vote. 12% went to Robert Hubbard and 5% to Timothy Ray Murray.[5]

Frank Lucas (116th Congress)
Frank Lucas (116th Congress)

Electoral history

Oklahoma's 6th congressional district: Results 1992–2000[6]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
1992 Glenn English * 134,734 68% Bob Anthony 64,068 32%
1994 Jeffrey S. Tollett 45,399 30% Frank D. Lucas 106,961 70%
1996 Paul M. Barby 64,173 36% Frank D. Lucas 113,499 64%
1998 Paul M. Barby 43,555 33% Frank D. Lucas 85,261 65% Ralph B. Finkle, Jr. Independent 2,455 2%
2000 Randy Beutler 63,106 39% Frank D. Lucas 95,635 59% Joseph V. Cristiano Libertarian 2,435 2%

* English resigned mid-term, and Lucas won the special election to succeed him against Democratic opponent Dan Webber.

Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district: Results 2002–2010[6]
Year Democratic Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct 3rd Party Party Votes Pct
2002 (no candidate) Frank D. Lucas 148,206 76% Robert T. Murphy Independent 47,884 24%
2004 (no candidate) Frank D. Lucas 215,510 82% Gregory M. Wilson Independent 46,621 18%
2006 Sue Barton 61,749 33% Frank D. Lucas 128,042 67%
2008 Frankie Robbins 62,297 24% Frank D. Lucas 184,306 70% Forrest Michael Independent 17,756 7%
2010 Frankie Robbins 45,684 22% Frank D. Lucas 161,915 78%
2012 Timothy Ray Murray 53,472 20% Frank D. Lucas 201,744 75% William M. Sanders Independent 12,787 5%
2014 Frankie Robbins 36,270 21% Frank D. Lucas 133,335 79%
2016 Frankie Robbins 63,090 22% Frank D. Lucas 227,525 78%
2018 Frankie Robbins 61,152 26% Frank D. Lucas 172,913 74%
2020 Zoe Midyett 66,501 22% Frank D. Lucas 242,677 78%

Personal life

Lucas is a fifth-generation Oklahoman; his family has farmed in western Oklahoma for over 100 years. He lives in Cheyenne with his wife, Lynda. They have three children and three grandchildren.[7]

References

  1. ^ "H.R. 4413 – All Actions". United States Congress. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Pagliocca, Theresa (April 14, 2014). "Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act (H.R. 4413) Receives House Committee Approval". DTCC. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "CBO – H.R. 4413". Congressional Budget Office. May 19, 2014. Retrieved June 18, 2014.
  4. ^ "Members". Congressional Western Caucus. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Oklahoma – Summary Vote Results June 25, 2014 – 05:28PM ET" Associated Press
  6. ^ a b "Election Statistics, 1920 to Present". US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives. Archived from the original on November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "About Frank".
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byGlenn English Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Oklahoma's 6th congressional district 1994–2003 Constituency abolished Preceded byWes Watkins Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Oklahoma's 3rd congressional district 2003–present Incumbent Preceded byCollin Peterson Chair of the House Agriculture Committee 2011–2015 Succeeded byMike Conaway Preceded byEddie Bernice Johnson Ranking Member of the House Science Committee 2019–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byBennie Thompson United States representatives by seniority 26th Succeeded byLloyd Doggett