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}}{{tnr}}'''Tom Coburn''' (b. March 14, 1948, in Casper, [[Wyoming]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|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.  
 
}}{{tnr}}'''Tom Coburn''' (b. March 14, 1948, in Casper, [[Wyoming]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[United States Senate|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.<ref name=coburnbio/>
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Coburn's political career began with his election to the [[U.S. House]] in 1994. He served in that position until 2001.<ref name=coburnbio/>
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In November 2013, Coburn's office announced that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment.<ref name=cancer>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/05/coburn-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer," accessed November 8, 2013]</ref> Coburn retired at the end of 2014, two years before his term would have ended. The governor was not allowed to appoint a replacement, so a [[United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014|special election]] was held on November 4, 2014.<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/195763-coburn-will-retire-at-end-of-2014 ''The Hill'', "Okla. Sen. Coburn to retire at end of 2014," accessed January 17, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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Coburn's term will expire on January 3, 2017, and he is eligible for re-election in 2016. In November 2013, Coburn's office announced that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment.<ref name=cancer>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/05/coburn-diagnosed-with-prostate-cancer/?wprss=rss_politics&clsrd ''The Washington Post'', "Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer," accessed November 8, 2013]</ref>
 
  
 
==Biography==
 
==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.<ref name=coburnbio/>
 
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.<ref name=coburnbio/>
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
Below is an abbreviated outline of Coburn's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=coburnbio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000705 ''Biographical Director of the United States Congress'' "Tom Coburn," Accessed October 24, 2011]</ref>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Coburn's academic, professional and political career:<ref name=coburnbio>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=C000705 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "Tom Coburn," accessed October 24, 2011]</ref>
  
 
*1970: Graduated from Oklahoma State University
 
*1970: Graduated from Oklahoma State University
 
*1970-1978: Worked as manufacturing manager, Coburn Opthalmic Division, Coburn Optical Industries
 
*1970-1978: Worked as manufacturing manager, Coburn Opthalmic Division, Coburn Optical Industries
 
*1983: Graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School
 
*1983: Graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School
*1995-2001: U.S. House of Representatives
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*1995-2001: Member of the [[United States House of Representatives]], Oklahoma
*2005-Present: U.S Senator from Oklahoma
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*2005-Present: Member of the [[United States Senate]], Oklahoma
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
===U.S. Senate===
 
====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Coburn serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'' "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
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Coburn serves on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/index.php?chamber=senate ''Congressional Quarterly'', "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs|Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs]]
 
**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
 
**Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
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====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
Coburn served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=22085 Tom Coburn Vote Smart profile]</ref>
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Coburn served on the following Senate committees:<ref>[http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=22085 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Biography," accessed April 2, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Finance|Finance]]
 
*[[United States Senate Committee on Finance|Finance]]
 
**Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
 
**Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy
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**Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
 
**Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts
  
==Issues==
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====Senate Judiciary Committee====
===Legislative actions===
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Coburn was first appointed to the [[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary|Senate Judiciary Committee]] shortly after he was sworn in in January 2005.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20130513015339/http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm "Senate Judiciary", "List of previous members"]</ref>
====113th Congress====
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===113th Congress===
 
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====National security====
 
====National security====
 
=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
 
=====John Brennan CIA nomination=====
{{Support vote}} Coburn voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43133?s=party#.UkRU1D_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart,'' "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} Coburn voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/43133?s=party#.UkRU1D_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
 
'''Drones filibuster'''
 
'''Drones filibuster'''
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====Economy====
 
====Economy====
 
=====Government shutdown=====
 
=====Government shutdown=====
 
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
  
{{Oppose vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Coburn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov,'' "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} During the shutdown in October 2013, the [[United States Senate|Senate]] rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from [[Republican]] members. Coburn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00219#top ''Senate.gov'', "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
  
Coburn said on October 1, 2013, that he will continue accepting his salary and plans to "spend it and tithe it" as he always has.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/ ''Washington Post,'' "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
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Coburn said on October 1, 2013, that he would continue accepting his salary and planned to "spend it and tithe it" as he always has.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/10/01/which-lawmakers-will-refuse-their-pay-during-the-shutdown/ ''Washington Post'', "Which lawmakers will refuse their pay during the shutdown?," accessed October 2, 2013]</ref>
  
 
=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
 
=====No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013=====
{{Oppose vote}} Coburn voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspended the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42338?s=party ''Project Vote Smart,'' "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} Coburn voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42338?s=party ''Project Vote Smart'', "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====Immigration====
 
====Immigration====
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=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
 
=====Mexico-U.S. border=====
{{Support vote}} Coburn voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516#.UkRPsD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart,'' "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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{{Yea vote}} Coburn voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/45516#.UkRPsD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
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====Social issues====
=====Government shutdown over Obamacare=====
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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:
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::"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."<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/359185/coburn-senate-cannot-defund-obamacare-eliana-johnson ''National Review'', "Coburn: Senate Cannot Defund Obamacare," accessed September 22, 2013]</ref>
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=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
 
=====Violence Against Women (2013)=====
{{Oppose vote}} Coburn voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart,'' "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} Coburn voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.<ref>[https://votesmart.org/bill/votes/42501#.UkRXCD_TCgQ ''Project Vote Smart'', "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013]</ref>
  
====Opinion of Harry Reid====
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal cliff====
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{{Yea vote}} 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
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==Issues==
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===Opinion of Reid===
 
At a New York Young Republican Club meeting in October 2013, Coburn was discussing camaraderie in the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]. He specifically mentioned a good relationship with Sen. [[Chuck Schumer]] (D-NY), but when it came to Sen. [[Harry Reid]] (D-NV), Coburn's sentiments were not so positive. According to attendees, Coburn referred to Reid as an "absolute a--hole."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/tom-coburn-harry-reid-99009.html ''Politico'', "Report: Tom Coburn called Harry Reid 'absolute a--hole,'" accessed October 29, 2013]</ref>
 
At a New York Young Republican Club meeting in October 2013, Coburn was discussing camaraderie in the [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]]. He specifically mentioned a good relationship with Sen. [[Chuck Schumer]] (D-NY), but when it came to Sen. [[Harry Reid]] (D-NV), Coburn's sentiments were not so positive. According to attendees, Coburn referred to Reid as an "absolute a--hole."<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/tom-coburn-harry-reid-99009.html ''Politico'', "Report: Tom Coburn called Harry Reid 'absolute a--hole,'" accessed October 29, 2013]</ref>
  
====Previous congressional sessions====
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===Oncologist===
=====Fiscal Cliff=====
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Coburn revealed on January 28, 2014, that his new insurance under Obamacare did not cover his oncologist, but said he was receiving excellent care.<ref name="oncologist">[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/obamacare-tom-coburn-cancer-doctor-102724.html ''Politico'', "Obamacare: Tom Coburn loses cancer doctor," accessed January 28, 2014]</ref> A spokesperson for Coburn confirmed that since he enrolled in the new health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage was reduced, and he lost coverage for his cancer specialist.<ref name="oncologist"/> He said he will continue to pay out of his own pocket to see the oncologist.<ref name="oncologist"/>
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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.<ref>[http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=112&session=2&vote=00251 ''U.S. Senate'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs. Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis,” Coburn said.<ref name="oncologist"/>
  
 
===Wastebook===
 
===Wastebook===
Coburn publishes an annual document called "Wastebook" to catalog wasteful government spending. Listed below are some instances of wasteful spending detailed in 2013's Wastebook.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/17/sen-coburn-wastebook-extravagant-government-spending-amid-claims-cupboard-is/ ''Fox News,'' "Funding for Facebook friends? Coburn catalogues worst of government waste," December 18, 2013]</ref>
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Coburn publishes an annual document called "Wastebook" to catalog wasteful government spending. Listed below are some instances of wasteful spending detailed in 2013's Wastebook.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/12/17/sen-coburn-wastebook-extravagant-government-spending-amid-claims-cupboard-is/ ''Fox News'', "Funding for Facebook friends? Coburn catalogues worst of government waste," December 18, 2013]</ref>
  
*Department of Defense leaving 2,000 MRAP's -- Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- behind in Afghanistan to be destroyed rather than sent to other bases. Each MRAP cost $500,000 to build.
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*Department of Defense left 2,000 MRAP's -- Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- behind in Afghanistan to be destroyed, rather than sent to other bases. Each MRAP cost $500,000 to build.
*The State Department spent $630,000 to attract followers to its Facebook and Twitter accounts
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*The State Department spent $630,000 to attract followers to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
*NASA is spending $3 million to study how Congress works
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*NASA is spending $3 million to study how Congress works.
 
*The National Endowment for the Humanities spent nearly a million dollars over three years to explore the origins of popular romance in multi-media.
 
*The National Endowment for the Humanities spent nearly a million dollars over three years to explore the origins of popular romance in multi-media.
*Taxpayers have so far spent $319 million to build the Healthcare.gov website, estimates project that more than twice that will be spent on publicity and marketing.
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*As of 2013, taxpayers had spent $319 million to build the Healthcare.gov website, estimates projected that more than twice that will be spent on publicity and marketing.
 
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===Senate Judiciary Committee===
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Coburn was first appointed to the [[United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary|Senate Judiciary Committee]] shortly after he was sworn in in January of 2005.<ref>[http://judiciary.senate.gov/about/PreviousCommitteeMembership.cfm "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members]</ref>
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===Executive branch "czars"===
 
===Executive branch "czars"===
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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."<ref name="czar">[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/senators-take-on-the-czar-wars/ ''New York Times'', "Senators Take On Czar Wars," October 7, 2009]</ref>
  
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".<ref name="czar">[http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/senators-take-on-the-czar-wars/ "New York Times" Senators Take On Czar Wars, October 7, 2009]</ref>
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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 appointment process of czars violated the advise and consent clause used for executive branch officials.<ref name="czar 2">[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,561542,00.html "Fox News", "Czar Wars," October 8, 2009]</ref>
  
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.<ref name="czar 2">[http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,561542,00.html "FOX News" Czar Wars, October 8, 2009]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl/ALeqM5jvJvzC84sUX3Wfw4WqixENoQ2UcwD9B5SFRO1 "Associated Press", "Senators question the use of administration 'czars'," October 6, 2009] ''([[dead link]])''</ref> 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.<ref name="czar 2"/><ref name="czar"/> Witnesses who appeared in front of Coburn defended Feinberg for not attending the hearing, claiming that his work as an executive pay czar fell within the legislative, not executive branch of federal government.<ref name="czar"/>
  
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.<ref>[http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl/ALeqM5jvJvzC84sUX3Wfw4WqixENoQ2UcwD9B5SFRO1 "Associated Press" Senators question the use of administration "czars", October 6, 2009]</ref> 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.<ref name="czar 2" /> <ref name="czar" />  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.<ref name="czar" />
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Coburn also claimed that there were no checks and balances towards the power executive branch czars had.<ref name="czar 2"/> He expressed concern that czars were given the right to federal funding for their own staffs without Congressional approval.<ref name="czar 2"/>
 
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Coburn also claimed that there are no checks and balances towards the power executive branch czars have.<ref name="czar 2" /> He expressed concern that czars are given the right to federal funding for their own staffs without Congressional approval.<ref name="czar 2" />
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/214027-sen-coburn-endorses-romney ''The Hill,'' "Sen. Coburn endorses Romney for president," March 5, 2012]</ref>
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{{presendorse|2012|Mitt Romney}}<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/gop-presidential-primary/214027-sen-coburn-endorses-romney ''The Hill'', "Sen. Coburn endorses Romney for president," March 5, 2012]</ref>
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===Unemployment benefits===
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Coburn slammed President [[Barack Obama|Obama]] over extending unemployment benefits. He said, "I think we’ve abandoned truth in Washington. The president has abandoned truth. They’re deceitful in what they speak often times, whether it’s the rollout of ObamaCare, or any other subject. They’re not truthful." Coburn said the jobs programs were a waste of federal money and that extended benefits would ultimately hurt people in the long run.<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/194582-coburn-obama-has-abandoned-truth ''The Hill'', "Coburn: Obama has 'abandoned truth'," accessed January 7, 2014]</ref>
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===Government shutdown over Obamacare===
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During the debate in September 2013 about 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."<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/359185/coburn-senate-cannot-defund-obamacare-eliana-johnson ''National Review'', "Coburn: Senate cannot defund Obamacare," accessed September 22, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2016===
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:: ''See also: [[United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014]]''
 +
Coburn will not seek re-election in 2016.<ref>[http://www.rollcall.com/news/in_oklahoma_open_seats_could_come_sooner-230200-1.html?pos=hbtxt ''Roll Call'', "In Oklahoma, open seats could come sooner," accessed January 16, 2014]</ref> He retired at the end of 2014, two years before his term ends. The governor is not allowed to appoint a replacement, so a special election will be held during the November 2014 general election.<ref>[http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/195763-coburn-will-retire-at-end-of-2014 ''The Hill'', "Okla. Sen. Coburn to retire at end of 2014," accessed January 17, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/509/Tom-Coburn Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Coburn attends.
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<br>
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
|Name=Coburn
 
|Name=Coburn
 
|year=2004
 
|year=2004
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
 
|Editdate=April 22, 2013
|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00005601&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Career Fundraising for Tom Coburn," Accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00005601&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Career Fundraising for Tom Coburn," accessed April 22, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
|party=Republican
 
|totalraised2010=2644376
 
|totalraised2010=2644376
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|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
 
|office2004=[[US Senate]] (Oklahoma)
 
|office2004=[[US Senate]] (Oklahoma)
}}
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}}<br>
===2016===
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Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2014|2014 elections season]]. Below are Coburn’s reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?S4OK00174 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Tom Coburn Summary Report," Accessed August 5, 2013, 2013]</ref>
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===2014===
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Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the [[Federal Election Commission]] during the [[United States Congress elections, 2016|2016 elections season]]. Below are Coburn’s reports.<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?S4OK00174 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Coburn Summary Report," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
 
{{Campaign finance reports
 
{{Campaign finance reports
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|Name = Tom Coburn (2016)
 
|Name = Tom Coburn (2016)
 
|Political Party = Republican
 
|Political Party = Republican
|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/521/13020171521/13020171521.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Tom Coburn April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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|Current Cash=101986
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|Report 1 = April Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/521/13020171521/13020171521.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Coburn April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
 
|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
 
|Date 1 = April 15, 2013
 
|Beginning Balance 1 = 120399.32
 
|Beginning Balance 1 = 120399.32
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|Expenditures 1= 1868.33
 
|Expenditures 1= 1868.33
 
|Cash on Hand 1 = 122624.98
 
|Cash on Hand 1 = 122624.98
|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/854/13020283854/13020283854.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'' "Tom Coburn July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
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|Report 2 =July Quarterly<ref>[http://images.nictusa.com/pdf/854/13020283854/13020283854.pdf#navpanes=0 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Coburn July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013]</ref>
 
|Date 2 =July 15, 2013
 
|Date 2 =July 15, 2013
 
|Beginning Balance 2 =122624.98
 
|Beginning Balance 2 =122624.98
 
|Total Contributions 2 =-727.63
 
|Total Contributions 2 =-727.63
 
|Expenditures 2=19450.60
 
|Expenditures 2=19450.60
|Cash on Hand 2 =1021416.75
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|Cash on Hand 2 =102416.75
 
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|Report 3 =October Quarterly<ref>[http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/681/13020444681/13020444681.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Coburn October Quarterly," accessed February 21, 2014]</ref>
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|Date 3 =October 15, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 3 =102416
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|Total Contributions 3 =0
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|Expenditures 3=380
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|Cash on Hand 3 =105232
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|Report 4 =Year-End Quarterly<ref>[http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/470/14020050470/14020050470.pdf ''Federal Election Commission'', "Tom Coburn Year-End Quarterly," accessed  February 21, 2014]</ref>
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|Date 4 =December 31, 2013
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|Beginning Balance 4 =105232
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|Total Contributions 4 =0
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|Expenditures 4=2595
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|Cash on Hand 4 =1019986
 
}}
 
}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Tom Coburn's 2010 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Coburn's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Tom Coburn's 2010 Donor Breakdown.png|right|375px|thumb|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00005601&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'' "Tom Coburn 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=2010&type=I&cid=N00005601&newMem=N ''Open Secrets'', "Tom Coburn 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011]</ref>
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2010
 
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|inddonor5 = $124,893
 
|inddonor5 = $124,893
 
|}}
 
|}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of four different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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*[[The K-Street Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The K-Street Metric]]
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*[[The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Coburn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,861,121 to $5,470,000. That averages to '''$3,665,560.50''', which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Coburn ranked as the 37th most wealthy senator in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005601&year=2012 ''Open Secrets'', "Coburn, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Coburn‘s calculated net worth<ref>This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).</ref> increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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|Name =Tom Coburn
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|Political Party =Republican
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|2010 = 3191118
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|2011 =3702058
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|2012 =3665560
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|Year 0 = 2004
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|Average 0 = 2807069
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}}
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===Personal finances===
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:: ''See also: [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/members-of-congress-trade-in-companies-while-making-laws-that-affect-those-same-firms/2012/06/23/gJQAlXwVyV_story.html ''Washington Post'', "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
==Analysis==
 
==Analysis==
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Coburn is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thomas_coburn/400576 ''Gov Track'' "Tom Coburn," Accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>  
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Coburn is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|far-right Republican]]" as of August 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thomas_coburn/400576 ''GovTrack'', "Tom Coburn," accessed August 26, 2014]</ref> This was the same rating Coburn received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thomas_coburn/400576 ''GovTrack'', "Tom Coburn," accessed June 7, 2013]</ref>
 
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===Like-minded colleagues===
 
===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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400576_Thomas_Coburn ''OpenCongress,'' "Sen. Tom Coburn," accessed August 22, 2013]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400576_Thomas_Coburn ''OpenCongress'', "Sen. Tom Coburn," accessed August 26, 2014]</ref>
 
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Coburn least often votes with:
 
Coburn least often votes with:
 
*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
 
*{{reddot}} [[Susan Collins]]
*{{greydot}} [[Bernard Sanders]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Chuck Schumer]]
 
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thomas_coburn/400576 ''GovTrack,'' "Tom Coburn," Accessed April 17, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Coburn missed 177 of 3,031 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 5.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/thomas_coburn/400576 ''GovTrack'', "Tom Coburn," accessed August 26, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/22/Sen_Tom_Coburn.html LegiStorm "Tom Coburn"]</ref>
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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 [[United States Senate|U.S. Senate]] congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/22/Sen_Tom_Coburn.html ''LegiStorm'', "Tom Coburn"]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005601&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'' "Tom Coburn (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013]</ref>
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====2010====
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00005601&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Coburn, (R-Oklahoma), 2010"]</ref>
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====Personal finances====
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/members-of-congress-trade-in-companies-while-making-laws-that-affect-those-same-firms/2012/06/23/gJQAlXwVyV_story.html ''Washington Post,'' "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
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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.
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====2013====
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Coburn ranked 13th in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional vote ratings," August 26, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
Coburn ranked 12th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
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Coburn ranked 12th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional vote ratings," March 7, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Coburn ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2011voteratings/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Coburn ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2011voteratings/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-senate-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable vote ratings tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
===Voting with party===
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====2014====
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|percent=91.5 percent
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|rank=7th
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|name=Coburn
 
|name=Coburn
 
|party=Republican
 
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|percent=91.1%
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|percent=91.1 percent
 
|rank=17th
 
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|total=45
 
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===Battles with cancer===
 
===Battles with cancer===
In November 2013, Coburn's office confirmed that the senator was undergoing treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. Coburn has previously been treated for prostate cancer in 2011. He has also battled colon cancer and melanoma.<ref name=cancer/>
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In November 2013, Coburn's office confirmed that the senator was undergoing treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. Coburn was treated for prostate cancer in 2011. He has also battled colon cancer and melanoma.<ref name=cancer/>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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==See also==
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*[[United States Senate elections in Oklahoma, 2014]]
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*[[United States Senate elections, 2014]]
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*[[United States Senate]]
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==External links==
 
==External links==
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{{political tracker|Link=http://politicaltracker.com/officials/congress/activity/sen-thomas-coburn/22085|Name=Tom Coburn}}
 
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*[http://www.usnews.com/topics/people/tom_coburn Collected news and commentary] at ''U.S. News & World Report''
 
*[http://www.usnews.com/topics/people/tom_coburn Collected news and commentary] at ''U.S. News & World Report''
 
*[http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/expanding-medicaid-threatens-oklahoma-s-bright-future/article_9ab3acb5-7066-5411-8ffd-e171d2c131eb.html Tom Coburn's article on expanding Medicaid]
 
*[http://www.tulsaworld.com/opinion/readersforum/expanding-medicaid-threatens-oklahoma-s-bright-future/article_9ab3acb5-7066-5411-8ffd-e171d2c131eb.html Tom Coburn's article on expanding Medicaid]

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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
Campaign $$7,737,836
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
1995-2001
Education
Bachelor'sOklahoma State University, 1970
M.D.University of Oklahoma Medical School, 1983
Personal
BirthdayMarch 14, 1948
Place of birthCasper, WY
Net worth$3,665,560.50
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]

In November 2013, Coburn's office announced that he had been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer and was undergoing treatment.[2] Coburn retired at the end of 2014, two years before his term would have ended. The governor was not allowed to appoint a replacement, so a special election was held on November 4, 2014.[3]

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.

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: Member of the United States House of Representatives, Oklahoma
  • 2005-Present: Member of the United States Senate, Oklahoma

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2013-2014

Coburn serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

2011-2012

Coburn served on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • 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

Senate Judiciary Committee

Coburn was first appointed to the Senate Judiciary Committee shortly after he was sworn in in January 2005.[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8 percent). For more information pertaining to Coburn's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Yea3.png Coburn voted for the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[9]

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 criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[10][11][12]

According to the website Breitbart, Coburn was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[13][14]

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."[15]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.png During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Coburn voted with the Republican Party against the bill.[17]

Coburn said on October 1, 2013, that he would continue accepting his salary and planned to "spend it and tithe it" as he always has.[18]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Nay3.png Coburn voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[19]

Immigration


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Mexico-U.S. border

Yea3.png Coburn voted for Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[20]

Social issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Nay3.png Coburn voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[21]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal cliff

Yea3.png 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 an 89 - 8 vote on January 1, 2013.[22]

Issues

Opinion of Reid

At a New York Young Republican Club meeting in October 2013, Coburn was discussing camaraderie in the U.S. Senate. He specifically mentioned a good relationship with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), but when it came to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Coburn's sentiments were not so positive. According to attendees, Coburn referred to Reid as an "absolute a--hole."[23]

Oncologist

Coburn revealed on January 28, 2014, that his new insurance under Obamacare did not cover his oncologist, but said he was receiving excellent care.[24] A spokesperson for Coburn confirmed that since he enrolled in the new health insurance plan under Obamacare, his coverage was reduced, and he lost coverage for his cancer specialist.[24] He said he will continue to pay out of his own pocket to see the oncologist.[24]

“I’m doing well from a health standpoint, got great docs. Fortunately — even though my new coverage won’t cover my specialist — I’m going to have great care and I have a great prognosis,” Coburn said.[24]

Wastebook

Coburn publishes an annual document called "Wastebook" to catalog wasteful government spending. Listed below are some instances of wasteful spending detailed in 2013's Wastebook.[25]

  • Department of Defense left 2,000 MRAP's -- Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles -- behind in Afghanistan to be destroyed, rather than sent to other bases. Each MRAP cost $500,000 to build.
  • The State Department spent $630,000 to attract followers to its Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • NASA is spending $3 million to study how Congress works.
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities spent nearly a million dollars over three years to explore the origins of popular romance in multi-media.
  • As of 2013, taxpayers had spent $319 million to build the Healthcare.gov website, estimates projected that more than twice that will be spent on publicity and marketing.

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."[26]

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 appointment process of czars violated the advise and consent clause used for executive branch officials.[27]

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.[28] 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.[27][26] Witnesses who appeared in front of Coburn defended Feinberg for not attending the hearing, claiming that his work as an executive pay czar fell within the legislative, not executive branch of federal government.[26]

Coburn also claimed that there were no checks and balances towards the power executive branch czars had.[27] He expressed concern that czars were given the right to federal funding for their own staffs without Congressional approval.[27]

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. [29]

Unemployment benefits

Coburn slammed President Obama over extending unemployment benefits. He said, "I think we’ve abandoned truth in Washington. The president has abandoned truth. They’re deceitful in what they speak often times, whether it’s the rollout of ObamaCare, or any other subject. They’re not truthful." Coburn said the jobs programs were a waste of federal money and that extended benefits would ultimately hurt people in the long run.[30]

Government shutdown over Obamacare

During the debate in September 2013 about 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."[31]

Elections

2016

See also: United States Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Coburn will not seek re-election in 2016.[32] He retired at the end of 2014, two years before his term ends. The governor is not allowed to appoint a replacement, so a special election will be held during the November 2014 general election.[33]

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.[34]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Coburn attends.


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Comprehensive donor history

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.[39]

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


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2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2016 elections season. Below are Coburn’s reports.[40]

Tom Coburn (2016) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[41]April 15, 2013$120,399.32$4,093.99$(1,868.33)$122,624.98
July Quarterly[42]July 15, 2013$122,624.98$-727.63$(19,450.60)$102,416.75
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2013$102,416$0$(380)$105,232
Year-End Quarterly[44]December 31, 2013$105,232$0$(2,595)$1,019,986
Running totals
$3,366.36$(24,293.93)

2010


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.[45]

Personal Gain Index

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See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Coburn's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $1,861,121 to $5,470,000. That averages to $3,665,560.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Coburn ranked as the 37th most wealthy senator in 2012.[46] Between 2004 and 2012, Coburn‘s calculated net worth[47] increased by an average of 4 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[48]

Tom Coburn Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$2,807,069
2012$3,665,560
Growth from 2004 to 2012:31%
Average annual growth:4%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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.[51]

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 August 2014.[52] This was the same rating Coburn received in June 2013.[53]

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.[54]

Coburn most often votes with:

Coburn least often votes with:


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Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Coburn missed 177 of 3,031 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 5.8 percent, which is worse than the median of 2.0 percent among the lifetime records of senators currently serving as of July 2014.[55]

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.[56]

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.

2013

Coburn ranked 13th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[57]

2012

Coburn ranked 12th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[58]

2011

Coburn ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[59]

Voting with party

2014

Coburn voted with the Republican Party 91.5 percent of the time, which ranked 7th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of August 2014.[60]

2013

Coburn voted with the Republican Party 91.1 percent of the time, which ranked 17th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[61]

Personal

Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.

Battles with cancer

In November 2013, Coburn's office confirmed that the senator was undergoing treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer. Coburn was treated for prostate cancer in 2011. He has also battled colon cancer and melanoma.[2]

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See also

External links

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References

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  2. 2.0 2.1 The Washington Post, "Coburn diagnosed with prostate cancer," accessed November 8, 2013
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  12. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  13. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  14. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
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  47. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
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  61. 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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