Norman Lamb (American politician)

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Norman Lamb
3rd Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs
In office
GovernorFrank Keating
Brad Henry
Preceded byJohn Willis
Succeeded byRita Aragon
Member of the Oklahoma Senate
from the 19th district
In office
January 5, 1971 – January 3, 1989
Preceded byRichard Romang[1]
Succeeded byEd Long
Personal details
Born(1935-02-27)February 27, 1935
Canute, Oklahoma
DiedJanuary 5, 2018(2018-01-05) (aged 82)
Enid, Oklahoma
Political partyRepublican
Children3 including Todd Lamb
ResidenceEnid, Oklahoma
Alma materUniversity of Oklahoma

Colonel Norman A. Lamb, USA (ret.), (February 27, 1935 – January 5, 2018) was an American soldier and politician from Enid in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. Lamb served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs from 1995 to 2011, having been originally appointed by Governor of Oklahoma Frank Keating and retained under Governor Brad Henry.

Lamb was one of three Cabinet Secretaries appointed by former Governor Frank Keating to be held over by Governor Brad Henry, the others being: Human Resources Secretary Oscar B. Jackson Jr. and Health and Human Services Secretary Howard Hendrick.

Education and early career[edit]

Lamb was born in Canute, Oklahoma in 1935,[2] and attended schools in Cordell, Putnam City, Midwest City, Tuttle, Moore, and Enid. He graduated from Cameron State Agricultural College and from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in Math and Education. After college, Lamb began a career in law. He served as Assistant County Attorney for Chickasha, Oklahoma (1963–1964), as Assistant Municipal Counselor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1964–1965), and then as Chief Prosecutor and Assistant District Attorney for Garfield County, Oklahoma from 1967 to 1970.

Lamb served in the United States Army and retired after 33 years active and reserve duty as a Colonel. During his active duty, he served at Ft. Bliss, Texas on Air Defense/Guided Missiles. His interest in serving his country extended to serving as a West Point (USMA) Liaison (Recruiting) to Oklahoma from 1986 to 1990.[3] Lamb represented Enid in the Oklahoma State Senate.

A Republican, Lamb was first elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1971, and continued serving until 1988, even serving as the chair of the Republican State Convention in 1976.[4][5] During his Senate career, he served on the following committees: Agriculture, Economic Development, Education, Human Resources, Judiciary, Retirement, Revenue and Taxation, and Standards and Ethics. In 1976, Lamb was voted one of the Top 10 Most Effective Senators by Peers and one of the Top 10 Most Popular Senators by Peers. In 1982, Lamb was the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma but with 38.5% lost to Democrat incumbent Spencer Bernard.[6]

Secretary of Veterans Affairs[edit]

Governor Frank Keating appointed Colonel Lamb as his Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 1995. Lamb would serve as Keating's only VA Secretary. Following the election of Brad Henry in 2002, Lamb was asked to stay on under Henry as his Secretary of Veterans Affairs.[7] As the Secretary, Lamb was charged with ensuring all Oklahoma veterans and their families receive all possible benefits and provide health services and long-term skilled care in a residential environment to all qualified veterans residing in the state by overseeing the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.

Personal life[edit]

He was an active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid and was a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. He was a long-time member of the Enid Lions Club and the Enid Chamber of Commerce. Lamb's hobbies included after-dinner speaking, high school and college football officiating, and jogging. He participated in a weekly radio show, "Stand Your Ground" on KGWA-960, as the political conservative.

He and his wife, Belva M. Clark Lamb, have three grown children: Kim Akers, Fawn Ingmire, and Todd Lamb. Todd served as an aide to Governor Frank Keating, served as an Oklahoma State Senator and was elected Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma in the 2010 general election.

Lamb died on January 5, 2018 in Enid, Oklahoma.[8]


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  2. ^ "Directory of Oklahoma". State Election Board. 26 May 1985 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Governor Henry Appoints Transportation Secretary, Top Administrators". Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  4. ^ "Lambs form father-son legacy in the Oklahoma Senate". The Norman Transcript. 2006-06-17. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  5. ^ "Normal A. Lamb: Department of Veterans Affairs" (PDF). FY-98 Executive Budget. Oklahoma Office of State Finance. pp. 27–8. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  6. ^ "OK Lt. Governor - Nov 02, 1982". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Speaker Bureau". Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs. Retrieved 2009-02-28.
  8. ^ "Former Oklahoma State Sen. Norman Lamb dies at age 82". KFOR-TV. 6 January 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Oklahoma State Senator
1971 - 1988
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Willis
Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Under Governors Frank Keating and Brad Henry

1995 - 2011
Succeeded by
Rita Aragon
Party political offices
Preceded by
Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
Succeeded by