Randy Swanson, who has been involved in Oklahoma Republican politics for decades, will be chief of staff for James Lankford, the newly elected Republican in the congressional district that includes Oklahoma City.
Swanson worked on GOP campaigns before handling press duties in the mid-1990s for U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas.
He most recently worked for the Oklahoma State Senate as the director of communications for the Republican leader. He also worked for J.C. Watts when Watts was on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that Randy Swanson has accepted my offer to join me in this new adventure,” Lankford said in a news release. “He brings deep relationships in the district, and has a proven record of effective public service. He shares my passion for helping bring our nation back to fiscal sanity and social stability.
“We will be joining 65 other Freshman Members of Congress in Washington, and the learning curve will be short. I’m confident with Randy and the team we assemble, we will waste no time in conscientiously representing the values of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District.”
Lankford, a political novice, beat Democrat Billy Coyle on Tuesday to claim the seat vacated by Mary Fallin. The district includes most of Oklahoma County and Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties.
Swanson said, “I consider it a singular honor for James Lankford to ask me to join his team in this important position at this time in our nation’s history.
“Mr. Lankford ‘s campaign message resonated with Oklahomans from all walks of life, and I’m excited to work in support of his goals of stronger and sound policies for the future of our families.”
Swanson lives in Yukon with his wife Carol and two of his sons, Joel and Luke, who attend Yukon High School. Their eldest son David is a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.