Senator Tom Coburn will retire two years early

Via Adam O’Neal:

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma will resign at the end of the 113th Congress, two years before his term is set to expire, his office announced Thursday night.

"Serving as Oklahoma’s senator has been, and continues to be, one of the great privileges and blessings of my life,” said the 65-year-old lawmaker in a statement. “But, after much prayer and consideration, I have decided that I will leave my Senate seat at the end of this Congress.”

Coburn has been battling prostate cancer, and has survived previous bouts with melanoma and colon cancer. “But this decision isn’t about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires,” insisted the family practitioner and obstetrician, who delivered thousands of babies during his medical career. “My commitment to the people of Oklahoma has always been that I would serve no more than two terms. . . . I believe it’s important to live under the laws I helped write, and even those I fought hard to block.”

Coburn continued, “I am now convinced that I can best serve my own children and grandchildren by shifting my focus elsewhere.”

First elected to the Senate in 2004, he previously served in House during the 1990s. Coburn earned a reputation for opposing legislation, acquiring the nickname “Dr. No.” His annual “Wastebook,” which chronicles bizarre or excessive government spending, became a fixture.

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