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Interview with Senator Tom Coburn

Vol. 62, Prg. 6–10
August 29–September 2, 2005

Today’s politics shape our lives tomorrow. This week, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma shares how he became a senator, which legislative issues are most important to families today, and how adults and teens can get involved in politics. From campaigning to staying on top of current legislative issues, find out how you can influence the future of America.

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Interview with Senator Tom Coburn
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The issues
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Getting involved in politics


Senator Tom Coburn

Senator CoburnTom A. Coburn, M.D., was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 2, 2004. His priorities in the Senate include reducing wasteful spending, balancing the budget, improving health care access and affordability, protecting the sanctity of all human life, including the unborn, and representing Oklahoma values.

Dr. Coburn was raised in Muskogee, Oklahoma and graduated from the public school system in 1966. Four years later, he graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Oklahoma State University. He later returned to school to become a physician, graduating from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1983. In 1994, Dr. Coburn was elected to represent Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He served three terms, retiring from Congress in 2001 to fulfill his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House.

As a citizen legislator, Dr. Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate and to continue to care for patients. He specializes in family medicine, obstetrics and allergy, and along with his associates, serves more than 15,000 patients. Dr. Coburn and his wife Carolyn have three children and four grandchildren.

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