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GOP Corp Commissioner Eyes US House Race

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) - Republican Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas will announce her political plans for the state's open U.S. House seat being vacated by two-term Rep. James Lankford.

Douglas scheduled an announcement for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond.

An attorney and banker, Douglas was elected mayor of Edmond in 2009. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Douglas to fill a vacancy on the state's three-member Corporation Commission in 2011. Douglas was scheduled to face re-election in November, so a run for Congress would create a vacancy on the panel that regulates utilities, telecommunications and the state's oil and gas industry.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's announcement last week that he was stepping down is expected to trigger a series of candidacy announcements. Lankford announced Monday he's running for Coburn's Senate seat.

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