Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72

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Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful force in Congress on fiscal matters, died early Saturday morning after a long fight with prostate cancer. He was 72.
Coburn, of Muskogee, served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 and in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001. After leaving the Senate, he pushed for a constitutional convention and advocated for a range of conservative fiscal causes.
A statement from Coburn's family on Saturday morning said, "Because of his strong faith, he rested in the hope found in John chapter 11 verse 25 where Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, will live, even though they die.' Today he lives in heaven."
A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced, the family stated.
"He’s been fighting up to the very end," a friend said Saturday. "He was fighting for all of the things he still believed in."
Coburn, whose medical practice focused primarily on obstetrics, won a U.S. House seat in 1994 in the Republican wave year that gave the GOP a House majority for the first time in decades. He limited himself to three terms and did not run for re-election in 2000.
Four years later, he ran for the Senate, entering the race relatively late, but he still easily beat the Republican field and then defeated former U.S. Rep. Brad Carson in the general election. He was in the same freshman class as former President Barack Obama, and the two senators and their wives became friends.
When Coburn announced his resignation in 2014, Obama, a Democrat, said, "Tom and I entered the Senate at the same time, becoming friends after our wives struck up a conversation at an orientation dinner. And even though we haven’t always agreed politically, we’ve found ways to work together — to make government more transparent, cut down on earmarks, and fight to reduce wasteful spending and make our tax system fairer. The people of Oklahoma have been well-served by this 'country doctor from Muskogee' over the past nine years."
https://oklahoman.com/article/5658847/former-us-sen-tom-coburn-dies-at-72

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That's awful to hear, I was always so proud he was representing Oklahoma.

And prostate cancer?? It must have metastasized crazy fast, poor guy. :(
 
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That's awful to hear, I was always so proud he was representing Oklahoma.

And prostate cancer?? It must have metastasized crazy fast, poor guy. :(
No...he knew he had incurable metastatic cancer for many years...and yet he fought on for his belief that we need a constitutional convention to change the Constitution to stop the growing unhealthy strength of the federal government.
 

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No...he knew he had incurable metastatic cancer for many years...and yet he fought on for his belief that we need a constitutional convention to change the Constitution to stop the growing unhealthy strength of the federal government.
Yeah, I figured he knew about it, I meant it must have metastasized before he was even diagnosed. Prostate cancer has a 95% survival rate after 15 years. It's very rare to die from it in the first world.
 

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Yeah, I figured he knew about it, I meant it must have metastasized before he was even diagnosed. Prostate cancer has a 95% survival rate after 15 years. It's very rare to die from it in the first world.
My father died from it two years ago. They even found it early but he had a very aggressive version of it and treatments just extended his life by a few years.