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Congressman Steve Russell

Representing the 5th District of Oklahoma



As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, I am particularly sensitive to the needs of those who have worn the uniform of our nation.  Too many Oklahoman veterans are awaiting old claims, denied their right to carry firearms, and are stuck in the Department of Veteran Affair’s endless bureaucracy.  I believe that this treatment is insulting and inexcusable.  Congress must care for the troops when they are serving, by providing cutting-edge equipment and respectable pay, and then care for their post-military needs upon their return.  I will continue to advocate for Oklahoma veterans in Congress and seek out legislation which honors their courageous service.

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December 12, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Representative Steve Russell (OK-5) —joined by Representatives Steve Womack (AR-3), John Carter (TX-31), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-5), and Sanford Bishop (GA-2)— today introduced the Credentialing, Educating, and Relevant Training Initiative For Your (CERTIFY) Heroes Act.

March 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) introduced H.R. 1582, the Duty First Act, to honor the First Infantry Division of the U.S. Army ahead of its centennial on May 24, 2017. The Duty First Act would give recognition to the Army’s oldest continuously serving division in the form of commemorative coins issued by the Secretary of the Treasury.

December 23, 2016 Press Release

Del City, OK – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) spoke with C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan to talk about the importance of checks and balances, bipartisanship in Congress, and his biggest accomplishments in his first term in office.

On Checks and Balances in Government:

September 29, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) voted against the Continuing Resolution (CR) today, stating that Congress should get its work done and stop creating hardship for those that defend our nation. The CR passed the House by a vote of 342-85, and will continue to fund the federal government on last year’s spending levels until Dec. 9, 2016. Congressman Russell was among a minority in the House of Representatives that was pushing for Congress to continue to work to pass each of the required 12 appropriation bills, and the National Defense Authorization.


September 15, 2016 Blog Post
September 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released Waste Watch No. 5. Waste Watch is Congressman Russell’s ongoing investigation and periodic publication that highlights agencies, programs, and cost overruns that are a drain on the American taxpayer.

September 9, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) offered the following statement to reflect upon the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001:

July 29, 2016 Press Release

Del City, OK - Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) is inviting veterans to come to his Del City office between 9 am and 5 pm on Thursday August 11 and Friday August 12 to share their stories for The Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project was started in 2000 by the United States Congress to save firsthand accounts of America’s wartime veterans. Along with the Library of Congress, Congressman Russell is seeking to preserve these stories and legacies for generations to come.

June 9, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Thursday morning, Congressman Steve Russell (OK-5) met again with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Robert A. McDonald, to discuss the VA’s progress in increasing access to health care for veterans, as well as other notable highlights in the past year.