Oklahoma Congressman Lankford to seek Coburn's Senate seat

When Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn retires, a Representative from the Sooner State hopes to move from one house of Congress to the other.

James Lankford, U.S. Representative of Oklahoma's 5th Congressional District, announced Monday that he will seek Senator Coburn's seat.

Last week, Coburn announced that he'd leave the Senate at the end of the current Congress.

Rep. Lankford will formally announce his intentions at a press conference at 1:30 at the Oklahoma History Center.

"This is a very difficult time in the history of our nation. Crushing government debt, a federal takeover of health care, Presidential over reach, increasing regulations and a stagnant economy are all stealing away the American dream from our families. After a great deal of thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I feel led to continue my Oklahoma common sense and principled approach to attack the deep problems in the United States Senate," announced Lankford.

Rep. Lankford is Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He was elected to the house in 2010 and was re-elected in 2012.