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

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)

Electoral history

Oklahoma’s 6th congressional district: Results 1992–2000[6]
YearDemocraticVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd PartyPartyVotesPct
1992Glenn English *134,73468%Bob Anthony64,06832%
1994Jeffrey S. Tollett45,39930%Frank D. Lucas106,96170%
1996Paul M. Barby64,17336%Frank D. Lucas113,49964%
1998Paul M. Barby43,55533%Frank D. Lucas85,26165%Ralph B. Finkle, Jr.Independent2,4552%
2000Randy Beutler63,10639%Frank D. Lucas95,63559%Joseph V. CristianoLibertarian2,4352%

* 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]
YearDemocraticVotesPctRepublicanVotesPct3rd PartyPartyVotesPct
2002(no candidate)Frank D. Lucas148,20676%Robert T. MurphyIndependent47,88424%
2004(no candidate)Frank D. Lucas215,51082%Gregory M. WilsonIndependent46,62118%
2006Sue Barton61,74933%Frank D. Lucas128,04267%
2008Frankie Robbins62,29724%Frank D. Lucas184,30670%Forrest MichaelIndependent17,7567%
2010Frankie Robbins45,68422%Frank D. Lucas161,91578%
2012Timothy Ray Murray53,47220%Frank D. Lucas201,74475%William M. SandersIndependent12,7875%
2014Frankie Robbins36,27021%Frank D. Lucas133,33579%
2016Frankie Robbins63,09022%Frank D. Lucas227,52578%
2018Frankie Robbins61,15226%Frank D. Lucas172,91374%
2020Zoe Midyett66,50122%Frank D. Lucas242,67778%

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”.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Glenn English
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma’s 6th congressional district

1994–2003
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Wes Watkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma’s 3rd congressional district

2003–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Collin Peterson
Chair of the House Agriculture Committee
2011–2015
Succeeded by
Mike Conaway
Preceded by
Eddie Bernice Johnson
Ranking Member of the House Science Committee
2019–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bennie Thompson
United States representatives by seniority
27th
Succeeded by
Lloyd Doggett