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Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn
Personal data
Date of birthMarch 14, 1948(age 69)
Place of birthCasper, Wyoming
Birth nameThomas Allen Coburn
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCarolyn Coburn
ChildrenCallie Coburn
Katie Coburn
Sarah Coburn
ResidenceMuskogee, Oklahoma
Alma materOklahoma State University (B.S.),
University of Oklahoma (M.D.)
Occupationphysician/politician
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2005
Serving with Jim Inhofe
Preceded byDon Nickles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma's   district
In officeJanuary 3, 1995 - January 3, 2001
Succeeded byBrad Carson
Preceded byMike Synar

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Thomas Allen "Tom" Coburn, M.D. (born March 14, 1948), is an American politician, medical doctor, and Southern Baptist deacon. A member of the Republican Party, he currently serves as the junior U.S. Senator from Oklahoma. In the Senate, he is known as "Dr. No" for his tendency to place holds on and vote against bills he views as unconstitutional.

Coburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 as part of the Republican Revolution. He upheld his campaign pledge to serve no more than three consecutive terms and did not run for re-election in 2000. In 2004, he returned to political office with a successful run for the U.S. Senate.

Coburn is a fiscal and social conservative, known for his opposition to deficit spending and pork barrel projects, and for his leadership in the pro-life movement. He supports term limits, gun rights, and the death penalty and opposes gay marriage.

While Coburn announced on February 12, 2010 that he was running for a second term in the Senate, he also announced that he would not run for re-election to a third term in the Senate in 2016.


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