Tom Coburn Leaving Senate at End of 2014
(WASHINGTON) -- The conservative Republican senator known as "Dr. No" is saying "No" to finishing out his term, which is supposed to end in 2016. Due to a recurrence of prostate cancer, Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn announced on Thursday that he will leave Capitol Hill when the 113th Congress concludes in December 2014.
Coburn, 65, who has earned his nickname over the years for rejecting bills from both sides of the aisle, underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2011 after previously dealing with and beating melanoma and colon cancer. Last November, Coburn revealed he was again undergoing chemotherapy to treat prostate cancer. During an interview earlier this week with ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Coburn said he only has “five to ten years left” to live.
In his statement Thursday, Coburn said, “I intend to continue our fight for Oklahoma, and will do everything in my power to force the Senate to re-embrace its heritage of debate, deliberation and consensus as we face our many challenges ahead.”
An obstetrician first elected to the House during the 1990s, Coburn entered the Senate in 2005 and won reelection in 2010. He had previously announced he won't seek a third term in 2016.
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