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Tom Coburn
Tom Coburn.jpg
U.S. Senate, Oklahoma
Incumbent
In office
2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 9
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDon Nickles (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$7,737,836
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
1995-2001
Education
Bachelor'sAccounting, Oklahoma State University, 1970
M.D.University of Oklahoma Medical School, 1983
Personal
BirthdayMarch 14, 1948
Place of birthCasper, WY
Net worth$3,702,058
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Tom Coburn (b. March 14, 1948, in Casper, Wyoming) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oklahoma. Coburn was first elected to the Senate in 2004 and took office in January 2005. He is currently serving in his second term, having won re-election in 2010. He defeated Jim Rogers (D), Stephen P. Wallace (I) and Ronald F. Dwyer (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Coburn's political career began with his election to the U.S. House in 1994. He served in that position until 2001.[1]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Coburn is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.

Coburn's term will expire on January 3, 2017 and he is eligible for re-election in 2016.

Biography

Coburn was born in Casper, Wyoming. He attended Oklahoma State University for his undergraduate degree and then spent eight years working as a manufacturing manager for Coburn Optical Industries' Opthalmic Division. Coburn returned to his alma mater for medical school and graduated with his M.D. in 1983.[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Coburn's academic, professional and political career:[1]

  • 1970: Graduated from Oklahoma State University
  • 1970-1978: Worked as manufacturing manager, Coburn Opthalmic Division, Coburn Optical Industries
  • 1983: Graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School
  • 1995-2001: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2005-Present: U.S Senator from Oklahoma

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Coburn serves on the following Senate committees[2]:

2011-2012

  • Finance
    • Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
    • Subcommittee on Health Care
    • Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia
    • Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    • Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
  • Judiciary
    • Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights
    • Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law
    • Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts

[3]

Issues

Government shutdown over Obamacare

During the debate in September 2013 on whether or not Republican members should attempt to force a government shutdown over the funding of the Affordable Care Act, Coburn publicly stated that did not believe such a tactic would come to fruition. He stated:

"We are not about to shut the government down over the fact that we cannot, only controlling one house of Congress, tell the president that we are not going to fund any portion of this, because we can’t do that."[4]

Senate Judiciary Committee

Coburn was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in in January of 2005.[5]

Executive branch "czars"

Coburn, along with fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member Russ Feingold, held a public hearing in the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution on October 6, 2009. The meeting examined the legality of executive branch "czars".[6]

Both Senators Coburn and Feingold examined in-depth what were the appointment powers the President had and the legal entitlement to those powers under the Constitution. Also, Coburn examined if the current appointment process of czars violated the advise and consent clause used for executive branch officials.[7]

During the hearing, Coburn mentioned the Obama Administration's promise on open and transparent government during the 2008 presidential campaign. With the appointment of over 40 people to serve as czars, Coburn raised questions about the promise of transparency in the Obama White House.[8] Senator Coburn also criticized Executive Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg for avoiding to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee along with top Obama Administration officials.[7] [6] Witnesses who appeared in front of Coburn defended Feinberg for not attending the hearing, claiming that his work as an executive pay czar falls within the legislative, not executive branch of federal government.[6]

Coburn also claimed that there are no checks and balances towards the power executive branch czars have.[7] He expressed concern that czars are given the right to federal funding for their own staffs without Congressional approval.[7]

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Tom Coburn endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [9]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Coburn voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[10]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists have been critical that President Obama did not offer a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[11][12][13]

According to the website Breitbart, Coburn was 1 of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[14][15]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[16]

Elections

2010

On November 2, 2010, Tom Coburn won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Jim Rogers (D), Stephen P. Wallace (I) and Ronald F. Dwyer (I) in the general election.[17]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Coburn incumbent 70.6% 718,482
     Democratic Jim Rogers 26.1% 265,814
     Independent Stephen P. Wallace 2.5% 25,048
     Independent Ronald F. Dwyer 0.8% 7,807
Total Votes 1,017,151

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Coburn is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Coburn raised a total of $7,737,836 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[22]

Tom Coburn's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2010 US Senate (Oklahoma) Won $2,644,376
2004 US Senate (Oklahoma) Won $5,093,460
Grand Total Raised $7,737,836

2016

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Coburn’s reports.[23]

Tom Coburn (2016) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[24]April 15, 2013$120,399.32$4,093.99$(1,868.33)$122,624.98
July Quarterly[25]July 15, 2013$122,624.98$-727.63$(19,450.60)$1,021,416.75
Running totals
$3,366.36$(21,318.93)

2010

Breakdown of the source of Coburn's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Coburn won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Coburn's campaign committee raised a total of $2,644,376 and spent $3,067,121.[26]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma, 2010 - Tom Coburn Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,644,376
Total Spent $3,067,121
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $0
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $0
Top contributors to Tom Coburn's campaign committee
Club for Growth$70,650
Emergent BioSolutions$20,650
Blue Cross/Blue Shield$17,500
American Securities$16,800
Neuroscience Specialists$16,119
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Health Professionals$268,969
Oil & Gas$189,900
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products$130,452
Retired$129,958
Leadership PACs$124,893

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Coburn is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[27]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[28]

Coburn most often votes with:

Coburn least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Coburn missed 111 of 2,580 roll call votes from January 2005 to April 2013. This amounts to 4.3%, which is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[29]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Coburn paid his congressional staff a total of $2,629,706 in 2011. He ranked 12th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 44th overall of the highest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranked 35th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[30]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coburn's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $1,892,116 and $5,512,000. That averages to $3,702,058, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 16.01% from 2010.[31]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coburn's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $1,039,236 and $5,343,000. That averages to $3,191,118, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[32]

Personal finances

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

According to an analysis by the Washington Post, Coburn reported buying $25,000 in bonds in a genetic-technology company close to the time that he released a hold on legislation supported by the firm.[33]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Coburn ranked 12th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[34]

2011

Coburn ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[35]

Voting with party

2013

Coburn voted with the Republican Party 91.1% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[36]

Personal

Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.

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External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tom Coburn," Accessed October 24, 2011
  2. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  3. Tom Coburn Vote Smart profile
  4. National Review, "Coburn: Senate Cannot Defund Obamacare," accessed September 22, 2013
  5. "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "New York Times" Senators Take On Czar Wars, October 7, 2009
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "FOX News" Czar Wars, October 8, 2009
  8. "Associated Press" Senators question the use of administration "czars", October 6, 2009
  9. The Hill, "Sen. Coburn endorses Romney for president," March 5, 2012
  10. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  11. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  12. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  13. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  14. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  15. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  16. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Coburn," Accessed April 22, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission "Tom Coburn Summary Report," Accessed August 5, 2013, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Tom Coburn April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission "Tom Coburn July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  26. Open Secrets "Tom Coburn 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  27. Gov Track "Tom Coburn," Accessed June 7, 2013
  28. OpenCongress, "Sen. Tom Coburn," accessed August 22, 2013
  29. GovTrack, "Tom Coburn," Accessed April 17, 2013
  30. LegiStorm "Tom Coburn"
  31. OpenSecrets.org "Tom Coburn (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  32. OpenSecrets.org, "Coburn, (R-Oklahoma), 2010"
  33. Washington Post, "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012
  34. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  35. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  36. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Don Nickles
U.S. Senate - Oklahoma
2005-Present
Succeeded by
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