James Lankford garners strong Republican backing for 2022 U.S. Senate campaign

Patrick B. McGuigan, CapitolBeatOK.com 

Endorsements are only part of the story in any election, but U.S. Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, is writing a strong preface for any narratives of his 2022 campaign for reelection. 

As his efforts ramp up, Lankford has support from Republican elected officials in every corner of the state, and across the wide range of elective offices at the state Capitol and within the congressional delegation. 

And if money is the proverbial “Mother’s Milk of Politics,” observers should note his  strong check-book balance, according to official reports from Families for James Lankford (https://www.city-sentinel.com/?s=bringing+in+the+sheaves). 

The incumbent has the backing of both Governor Kevin Stitt and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell.
Other statewide elected officials in Lankford’s corner include Corporation Commissioners Dana Murphy, Bob Anthony and Todd Hiett. 
Affirming their backing this summer were School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, Labor Commissioenr Leslie Osborn, Insurance Commisisoner Glen Mulready and Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd. 

Despite differences in emphasis with some of the other members of the state delegation, Lankford has the strong backing of all his state colleagues in D.C., including senior Senator Jim Inhofe and U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas, Tom Cole, Markwayne Mullin, and Stephanie Bice, U.S. Representative. 

At the state Capitol, Lankford has the endorsements of Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat of Oklahoma City and Speaker of the House Charles McCall of Atoka. 

Other members of the upper chamber on record for another six-year term for Lankford include Senators Mark Allen of Spiro, Micheal Bergstrom of Adair, Bill Coleman of Ponca City, Julie Daniels of Bartlesville, Kim David, of Porter, Tom Dugger of Stillwater, Chuck Hall of Perry, John Haste of Broken Arrow,  Brent Howard of Altus, Darcy Jech of Kingfisher, Shane Jett of Oklahoma City,  Chris Kidd of Waurika, Greg McCortney of Ada, John Michael Montgomery of Lawton, Casey Murdock of Felt, Roland Pederson of Burlington, Dewayne Pemberton of Muskogee, Adam Pugh of Edmond, Marty Quinn of Claremore, Dave Rader of Tulsa, Cody Rogers of Tulsa, Paul Rosino of Oklahoma City, Frank Simpson of Springer, Brenda Stanley of Midwest City, Zack Taylor, of Seminole, Roger Thompson of Okemah, and Darrell Weaver of Moore.

In the House of Representatives, the backing of Speaker McCall is enhanced with the endorsements of Rhonda Baker of Yukon, Jeff Boatman of Tulsa, Brad Boles of Marlow, Ty Burns of Pawnee, Chad Caldwell of Enid, Trey Caldwell of Lawton, Eddy Dempsey of Valliant, Sheila Dills of Tulsa, Mike Dobrinski of Okeene, Jon Echols of Oklahoma City,  Scott Fetgatter of Okmulgee, Avery Frix of Muskogee, Toni Hasenbeck of Elgin, Kyle Hilbert of Bristow, J.J. Humphrey of Lanke, Chris Kannady of Oklahoma City, Gerrid Kendrix of Altus and Dell Kerbs of Shawnee.

Also in the Lankford column are Representatives Mark Lawson of Sapulpa, Mark Lepak of Claremore, Robert Manger of Oklahoma City, Ryan Martinez of Edmond, Stan May of Broken Arrow, Mark McBride of Moore, Nicole Miller of Edmond, Garry Mize of Guthrie, Anthony Moore of Clinton, Carl Newton of Cherokee,  Jadine Nollan of Sand Springs, Terry O’Donnell of Catoosa, Mike Osburn of Edmond, Daniel Pae of Lawton, Kenton Patzkowsk of Balko, Logan Phillips of Mounds, Dustin Roberts of Durant, Todd Russ of Cordell,  Marilyn Stark of Bethany, Danny Sterling of Tecumseh,  Preston Stinson of Edmond, Judd Strom of Copan, Tammy Townley of Ardmore, Josh West of Grove, and Tammy West of Oklahoma City.