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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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  • qtdb7

    Did Tom Coburn vote to increase tax, increase debt ceiling, fund Obamacare during the partial government shutdown?

  • Christopher H Fromme

    There are many good conservatives that Governor Falin could appoint that are currently in thr OK State Legislature.

  • Keith M

    Tom Coburn, did not stand with the people, but he in fact stuck with the Party. Tom Coburn show it by cutting and running.

    • ranchdancer

      Cutting and running? You 2 bit pos…..there is no excuse for your insensitivity to Sen. Coburn’s health issues.

      • Keith M

        Health issues give me a break. He is a fraud and tries to be a Kenny Rogers look alike.

  • Keith M

    Maybe Coburn can get a job as a Kenny Rogers look alike!!!!LOL

  • ranchdancer

    Nobody can say Tom Coburn didn’t do his best to wake people up, There are few and far between, good men like Senator Coburn. integrity can be listed by his name. God bless him and his family.

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