Lankford announces staff

Sen. James Lankford

Sen. James Lankford

Washington, DC—Representative James Lankford (R-Okla.) today announced the appointment of senior staff to his Senate office: Greg Slavonic as Chief-of-Staff, Michelle Altman as Legislative Director, D.J. Jordan as Communications Director, Linda Good as Administrative Director, and Mona Taylor as State Director.

“These staff hires will help me advance conservative ideas in the Senate, on behalf of the Oklahomans who sent me here,” said Lankford. “We will assemble a staff that is committed to the values that make this nation great. Each of them have a unique skill-set that will greatly benefit Oklahomans, and I’m honored they’re part of our team.”

Greg Slavonic will continue serving as Chief-of-Staff of Lankford’s Senate office after being appointed to the same role in Lankford’s House office in September. Slavonic is an accomplished Navy veteran with over two decades of service, who rose to the rank of Rear Admiral. He completed deployments in support of combat operations in Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/Storm, and Operation Enduring Freedom II. Slavonic also served as the U.S. Navy’s Deputy to the Chief of Information in Washington, D.C. and Director of Public Affairs (Reserve). After retirement, he worked as Advertising Director for The Journal Record and senior account executive for NBC affiliate television station, KFOR-TV.  Slavonic later served as adjunct professor in the Communications Department of the University of Central Oklahoma. Slavonic earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and a Masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Michelle Altman will continue serving as Legislative Director, after serving in the same role in Lankford’s House office. Altman has served Oklahoma’s Fifth District for eight years, first with former Congresswoman Mary Fallin during two terms in Congress and then during Lankford’s four years as U.S. Representative. Altman graduated from Franklin & Marshall College, in Pennsylvania.

D.J. Jordan will serve as Communications Director, after serving in the same role for the U.S. House Committee on Small Business under the chairmanship of Congressman Sam Graves (R-Mo.). Jordan was a press aide for Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) before serving on the Small Business Committee. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, he worked in broadcast journalism at CNN and later Fox News. Jordan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, in Virginia, and a Masters of Public Management from The Johns Hopkins University.

Linda Good will serve as Administrative Director, and brings over 18 years of Congressional experience to the team. She started her career on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, where she spent 12 years in various administrative roles. Good most recently served as the Chief Clerk on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform under Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Mona Taylor will serve as State Director, after working as Lankford’s District Director for the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma. Before joining Lankford’s office directly following his election to the House of Representatives, Taylor worked for the FAA Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center in Oklahoma City. She started her career in government by doing constituent service for Congressman Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.). In all, Taylor has served 27 years in the Oklahoma Congressional delegation, including with Congressmen Frank Lucas, J.C. Watts, and Tom Cole. Taylor is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and is a life-long resident of the Sooner State.

On Tuesday, January 6th, Lankford will be sworn in as the 18th U.S. Senator from the State of Oklahoma.