A leading conservative voice is leaving the U.S. Senate.
On Thursday, Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn announced that he will step down as senator at the end of 2014. Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican, was reelected to a second term in the Sentate in 2010. That term does not expire until January 2017, USA TODAY notes.
Senator Tom Coburn has been battling prostate cancer for several years. He had previously hinted that his condition might force an early end to his political career. However, in a statement announcing his decision to leave the Senate, Senator Tom Coburn said that the “decision isn’t about my health, my prognosis or even my hopes and desires.” Instead, Senator Tom Coburn said he felt he could best help his family by “shifting my focus elsewhere.”
Prior to running for office, Senator Tom Coburn was a practicing physician. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1994 and served one term. After a four year break, he returned to politics, running a successful Senate campaign in 2004. During his political career, Coburn championed cutting federal spending as well as socially conservative causes.
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