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Todd Lamb (born October 19, 1971) is an American politician, who served as the 16th lieutenant governor of Oklahoma from 2011 to 2019. A Republican, he was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 2004 to 2011. For the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature, Lamb's fellow Republican state senators elected him as their Majority Floor Leader. As Majority Leader, Lamb was the second highest ranking state senator, behind then-Senate President pro tempore Glenn Coffee.

Todd Lamb
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16th Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2019
GovernorMary Fallin
Preceded byJari Askins
Succeeded byMatt Pinnell
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 47th district
In office
January 2005 – January 2011
Preceded byMike Fair
Succeeded byGreg Treat
Personal details
Born (1971-10-19) October 19, 1971 (age 47)
Enid, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Monica Lamb
Children2
EducationLouisiana Tech University
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (BA)
Oklahoma City University (JD)

On July 1, 2009, Lamb filed to run for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in the 2010 elections to succeed outgoing lieutenant governor Jari Askins, who stepped down to run for Governor of Oklahoma. Lamb ran for governor in the 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial Election, placing in third in the primary to former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt, who became the eventual GOP nominee and governor-elect.[1].

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Early life and careerEdit

Lamb is the son of Norman Lamb, a former Oklahoma state senator and the former Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs under Governor Brad Henry. Lamb was raised in Enid, Oklahoma, and graduated from Enid High School.[2] Lamb attended Louisiana Tech University, where he was member of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs football team.[3] After two years at La. Tech, he transferred to Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor's degree. Todd also received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2005.

In 1993, he joined Frank Keating's campaign for Governor of Oklahoma, and was subsequently appointed to the Governor's staff following the November 1994 election. He resigned from the Governor's staff in order to become a special agent with the United States Secret Service in 1998, where he conducted numerous criminal investigations relating to counterfeiting, bank fraud, identity theft, and threats against the president of the United States. During the 2000 presidential election campaign, he served as a site supervisor for George W. Bush's campaign. In 2001, he was appointed to the national Joint Terrorism Task Force, and following the 9/11 terror attacks was assigned to assist in the investigation of the attacks.[4]

Senate careerEdit

Lamb was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 2004 to 2011, representing the 47th Senate District (which includes part of Oklahoma City as well as Edmond). He faced no opposition in the 2008 election.

In August 2009, the bill he introduced (which was made law) requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and offer women information about the tests before performing abortions was struck down.

As majority floor leader, Lamb was ex officio in all committees.

Campaign for lieutenant governorEdit

 
Lamb in 2011

On July 1, 2009, Lamb filed to run for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in the 2010 elections. Senator Lamb made his announcement in late August 2009. As part of the announcement, Senator Lamb held events in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, and Lawton.

Lamb faced four Republican primary election opponents in John A. Wright (R-Broken Arrow), a member of the Oklahoma State House, Bill Crozier (a former Republican candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction), Bernie Adler (an Oklahoma City real estate investor), and Paul Nosak (a tree removal service owner from Oklahoma City), and won the primary election with over 66% of the votes cast, thus avoiding a runoff.[5]

In the general election, Lamb faced Democrat Kenneth Corn and independent candidate Richard Prawdzienski and won with over 64% of the votes cast.[6]

Lieutenant governorEdit

During his tenure, Lamb served in the cabinet of Mary Fallin as Small Business Advocate. He resigned from that position on February 16, 2017, due to his opposition to proposed tax increases.[7]

2018 gubernatorial campaignEdit

Lamb ran in the Republican primary for Governor of Oklahoma in the 2018 election.[8]

He lost the primary election on June 26 to Mick Cornett, former mayor of Oklahoma City, and businessman Kevin Stitt. Stitt won the runoff and later defeated former attorney general Drew Edmondson in the November general election.

Election resultsEdit

November 2, 2004, Election results for Oklahoma State Senator for District 47
Candidates Party Votes %
Todd Lamb Republican Party 25,918 71.36%
Adam Miller Democratic Party 10,403 30.76%
Source: [1]

November 4, 2008, Election results for Oklahoma

State Senator for District 47

Candidates Party Votes %
Todd Lamb Republican Party n/a 100.00%
July 27, 2010, Election results for Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
Candidates Party Votes %
Todd Lamb Republican Party 156,834 66.84%
John A. Wright Republican Party 41,177 17.55%
Paul F. Nosak Republican Party 13,941 5.94%
Bill Crozier Republican Party 12,177 5.19%
Bernie Adler Republican Party 10,515 4.48%
Source: [2]
November 2, 2010, Election results for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
Candidates Party Votes %
Todd Lamb Republican Party 659,242 64.03%
Kenneth Corn Democratic Party 334,711 32.51%
Richard Prawdzienski Independent 35,665 3.46%
Source: [3]

November 4, 2014, Election results for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma

Candidates Party Votes %
Todd Lamb (inc.) Republican Party 562,008 68.5
Cathy Cummings Democratic Party 258,564 31.5
Republican primary results[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Mick Cornett 132,806 29.3
Republican Kevin Stitt 110,479 24.4
Republican Todd Lamb 107,985 23.9
Republican Dan Fisher 35,818 7.9
Republican Gary Jones 25,243 5.6
Republican Gary Richardson 18,185 4.0
Republican Blake Stephens 12,211 2.7
Republican Christopher Barnett 5,240 1.2
Republican Barry Gowdy 2,347 0.5
Republican Eric Foutch 2,292 0.5
Total votes 452,606 100.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/26/us/elections/results-oklahoma-primary-elections.html
  2. ^ Barron, Robert, "Lamb:Oklahoma poised for great things", Enid News & Eagle, June 13, 2011
  3. ^ "Todd Lamb: Oklahoma's lieutenant governor a former Louisiana Tech receiver". NewsOK.com. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb - About Todd Lamb". Ok.gov. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  5. ^ "SUMMARY RESULTS: Primary Election -- July 27, 2010". Ok.gov. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  6. ^ "SUMMARY RESULTS: General Election -- November 2, 2010". Ok.gov. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
  7. ^ Stewart, Sarah (February 16, 2017). "Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb resigns from Gov. Fallin's cabinet". KFOR. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lt. Governor Todd Lamb files candidacy paperwork for 2018 governor's race". KFOR.com. 2017-04-07. Retrieved 2017-06-01.
  9. ^ "State Election Results, Statewide Primary Election, June 26, 2018". www.ok.gov.

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Oklahoma Senate
Preceded by
Mike Fair
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 47th district

2005–2011
Succeeded by
Greg Treat
Preceded by
Charlie Laster
Majority Leader of the Oklahoma Senate
2009–2011
Succeeded by
Mike Schulz
Party political offices
Preceded by
Todd Hiett
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
2010, 2014
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Jari Askins
Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
2011–2019
Succeeded by
Matt Pinnell