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Sen. Lankford resigns from Centennial Commission

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 16: Sen. James Lankford (R-OK), speaks during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee reviewing coronavirus response efforts on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

Sen. James Lankford has resigned from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, his office confirmed Friday.

He quietly stepped down last week.

Lankford's office said the senator will not be releasing a statement. However, his office did say, "Lankford saw a drift from the original goals of the Commission to a more partisan political agenda, and as a result, he notified the Commission he could no longer serve as a member.”

Four months ago, the Commission decided to keep Lankford on despite backlash to his efforts to dispute the results of the 2020 presidential election on Jan. 6.

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