U.S. Rep. James Lankford will return to Oklahoma to bring the Winter Commencement Address to OBU's 43 graduates on Friday, Dec. 16.
Rep. Lankford was elected to the United States Congress on Nov. 2, 2010, representing Oklahoma's Fifth District. The Republican legislator serves on the House Budget, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform.
Before his election, he served as director of Falls Creek Youth Camp from 1996 to 2009. Falls Creek is the largest youth camp in the United States, supported by 150 staff members with more than 51,000 students and adults attending each summer. He also coordinated mission trips and community service trips in Belize, Malawi, England, Wales and Germany, as well as many areas of Oklahoma.
Lankford and his wife, Cindy, have been married for 19 years. They have two daughters, Hannah, 14, and Jordan, 11.
OBU's Winter Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. Dec. 16 in Potter Auditorium of John Wesley Raley Chapel on the university campus in Shawnee.