District: 5th District Political Highlights: no previous office, ; U.S. House, 2011-present Born: March 4, 1968; Dallas, Texas Residence: Oklahoma City Religion: Baptist Family: Wife, Cindy Lankford; two children Education: U. of Texas, B.S.Ed. 1990; Southwestern Theological Baptist Seminary, M.Div. 1994 Military Service: None Start of Service: Elected: 2010 (2nd term) Committee Assignments: Budget; Oversight & Government Reform (Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements - Chairman)
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.