Lance Cargill

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Lance Cargill
Lance Cargill.jpg
39th Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Todd Hiett
Succeeded by Chris Benge
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 96th district
In office
Preceded by Mark Seikel
Succeeded by Lewis Moore
Constituency 96th House District
Personal details
Born (1971-09-13) September 13, 1971 (age 45)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Amber
Children Jackson
Alma mater Oklahoma State University, Vanderbilt University

Lance Cargill (born September 13, 1971) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Cargill served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from January 2, 2007 to January 28, 2008. He resigned his leadership role due to tax and ethics controversies and was succeeded as speaker by Chris Benge.

Early life[edit]

Cargill was born and raised in Harrah, Oklahoma where he attended Harrah Public Schools. After graduating from high school, Cargill moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma where he attended Oklahoma State University–Stillwater. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree. He then attended the Vanderbilt University Law School and earned a Juris Doctor.

Political career[edit]

Cargill was first elected to the Oklahoma House in 2000 and served four terms in that body. In 2004, he won his re-election with more than 70% of the vote.[1] In December 2006, Cargill was selected by his party to serve as the Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He was formally elected on the constitutionally-mandated organizational day on January 2, 2007. At the time of his election, Cargill was the youngest state house speaker in the United States.

One of Cargill's noteworthy achievements was to head up a 100 ideas Oklahoma campaign.[2]

Resignation as speaker after tax, ethics problems[edit]

On January 28, 2008, following heavy criticism for his failure to pay state taxes in a timely manner and questions about questionable fundraising activities by a PAC he led in 2006, Cargill resigned as Speaker of the House.[3] In a press release, he stated that news accounts about his personal issues were overshadowing the important work ahead for legislators. He remained in the Legislature as a state representative, and did not file for re-election to his seat in 2008.[4]

On August 29, 2009, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission publicly reprimanded both Cargill and the Oklahoma County Republican Party for their role in the controversial PAC.[5]

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