YUKON, Okla. - Rep. Lucas is the first one of Oklahoma’s Washington lawmakers to hold a true face-to-face town hall meeting.
Many voters have been questioning why there haven't been any and other town hall meetings around the country have become extremely raucous.
But the approximately 60 people who attended Lucas’ town hall meeting remained civil.
Many of the questions posed to the congressman revolved around healthcare.
“Do you favor repealing the Affordable Care Act?” asked one constituent.
“If you could just literally get 60 senators to vote to turn off Obamacare tomorrow, 32 million people would have no insurance. Can’t do that,” Rep. Lucas told the voters.
Some in the audience said they are upset that Republicans have not come up with their own ideas to fix health care.
“So in 8 years the republicans could not come up with a plan to say this is what we’re going to do?” said one woman as the audience applauded.
One man in the audience holding a “Bernie” sign expressed his displeasure with the current leadership in Washington D.C.
“Now we have a party, a Republican party with its head saying our news is fake. Now, I see that as a threat to our whole democracy, our whole system,” he said.
“Whether you like the guy or not, everything he’s done, he told us he was going to do it last year,” said Congressman Lucas.
“I’m very thankful that he came in here today because as you said there’s not a lot of other folks that are having these town halls,” said Amy Hendrix.
Yukon residents who attended said they were glad Lucas came out for a face-to-face meeting and wish their senators would as well.
“I get the fact that they’re busy but we’re busy too,” said Kathy Green. “If you want their votes then show up and hear their voice.”
“In all fairness to my colleagues, not many members have as big a district as I have,” said Rep. Lucas.
Congressman Lucas says with 32 counties in his district, he has to start early to fit all his meetings in.
He says the rowdy meetings we’ve been seeing around the country this year have not changed his policy.
“I’ve watched what’s gone on in a variety of other places as reported in the national media. But again, I’m a known element. My folks know that I’m going to answer their questions sincerely. They know I’m going to pay attention,” said Rep. Lucas. “I’m just used to doing these things. I want to go out and see my folks. I want to hear what they have to say. And I learn things at every town meeting.”
Senator James Lankford held a phone town hall meeting last week.
And Friday afternoon, NewsChannel 4 learned Congressman Steve Russell will be holding a town hall meeting in Shawnee on March 3.
It will be at 6:00 p.m. at Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee at 1899 S Gordon Cooper Drive.