|U.S. Senate, Oklahoma|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||9|
|Predecessor||Don Nickles (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2, 2004|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Representative, United States House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Accounting, Oklahoma State University, 1970|
|M.D.||University of Oklahoma Medical School, 1983|
|Birthday||March 14, 1948|
|Place of birth||Casper, WY|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Coburn's political career began with his election to the U.S. House in 1994. He served in that position until 2001.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Coburn's academic, professional and political career:
- 1970: Graduated from Oklahoma State University
- 1983: Graduated from Oklahoma State University Medical School
- 1970-1978: Worked as manufacturing manager, Coburn Opthalmic Division, Coburn Optical Industries
- 1995-2001: U.S. House of Representatives
- 2005-Present: U.S Senator from Oklahoma
Coburn serves on the following Senate committees:
- Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
- Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment
- Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development
- Subcommittee on Economic Policy
- Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia
- Subcommittee on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce
- Subcommittee on Financial and Contracting Oversight
- Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
- United States Senate committee on Intelligence (Select)
- 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
- 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
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".
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.
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. 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.  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.
Coburn also claimed that there are no checks and balances towards the power executive branch czars have. He expressed concern that czars are given the right to federal funding for their own staffs without Congressional approval.
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.
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.
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."
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.
|Tom Coburn's Campaign Contribution History|
|2010||US Senate (Oklahoma)||$2,644,376|
|2004||US Senate (Oklahoma)||$5,093,460|
|Grand Total Raised||$7,737,836|
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.
|U.S. Senate, Oklahoma General Election, 2010 - Tom Coburn Campaign Contributions|
|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|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$17,500|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$189,900|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Congressional staff salaries
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 he 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, 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.
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.
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. Coburn ranked 12th in the conservative rankings among members of the U.S. Senate.
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Coburn ranked 1st in the conservative rankings among U.S. Senators.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Coburn has voted with the Republican Party 91.1% of the time, which ranked 17th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.
Coburn and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.
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- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Tom Coburn," Accessed October 24, 2011
- Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
- Tom Coburn Vote Smart profile
- "Senate Judiciary" List of previous members
- "New York Times" Senators Take On Czar Wars, October 7, 2009
- "FOX News" Czar Wars, October 8, 2009
- "Associated Press" Senators question the use of administration "czars", October 6, 2009
- The Hill, "Sen. Coburn endorses Romney for president," March 5, 2012
- U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
- USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
- ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
- Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
- Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
- Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1998," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
- U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Tom Coburn," Accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Tom Coburn 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
- Gov Track "Tom Coburn," Accessed June 7, 2013
- GovTrack, "Tom Coburn," Accessed April 17, 2013
- LegiStorm "Tom Coburn"
- OpenSecrets.org "Tom Coburn (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Coburn, (R-Oklahoma), 2010"
- Washington Post, "Members of Congress trade in companies while making laws that affect those same firms," June 23, 2012
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
- National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
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