|Updated: 1/17 12:06 pm
||Published: 1/17 8:29 am
Sen. Tom Coburn announced he will resign from the Senate following the current session.
After hearing the news Mayor Dewey Bartlett released this statement:
“Senator Coburn reminds me a lot of my late father – courageous, honorable, statesman, straight-shooter, and a true Oklahoman. His presence in the U.S. Senate strengthens our country and uplifts our state. We will all miss his service, but we are forever grateful for his contribution and the legacy he will leave behind. I am keeping this great man and his family in my prayers as he moves on to another season in his life.”
Sen. Jim Inhofe also released a statement about Coburn:
"I was honored to help recruit Tom in 1993 to run for the House of Representatives. I knew then that he was an intellectual and superb medical doctor. As we worked together, I came to learn he also had the skills that made him arguably the most sought after advisor in the Republican conference. In every policy decision, Tom has sought to be a faithful steward of the taxpayers' money and a dedicated public servant to Oklahoma. He is a true brother in the Lord and my prayers are with him and his family in this time."
Governor Mary Fallin released the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Senator Tom Coburn:
“Doctor Tom Coburn has represented the ‘Gold Standard’ for smart and tough fiscal conservatism since he began serving in the United States Congress in 1995. He is a true hero of the American Taxpayer and one of the most influential voices in American politics today.
“His consistent, relentless advocacy for responsible spending and deficit reduction has earned him respect from men and women on both sides of the aisle. Agree with him or not, there is never any doubt where Tom Coburn stands on the issues. He is as impressive a public servant as they come, and I am sure we have not heard the last from him. While I am sorry to see the Senate lose one of this country’s great statesmen, I am happy that Tom can now spend more time with his family and focus on other opportunities.”
Rep. Markwayne Mullin made the following statement:
“Our sincere appreciation goes out to Dr. Coburn for his years of service and unwavering dedication to this country. A true public servant, he will be missed in our delegation and in Washington, D.C. It has been an honor to work alongside Dr. Coburn and I thank him for his service.”
Rep. Frank Lucas made the following statement:
“Dr. Coburn has proven to be a dedicated servant to the people of the great state of Oklahoma,” said Congressman Frank Lucas. “Throughout his tenure, he has worked tirelessly to provide ways to cut government waste, eliminate fraud and abuse of taxpayer’s dollars, and create economic certainty for all Americans. His commitment to solving our country’s fiscal crises serves as a true testament to his hard-working spirit. He has been an influential leader during his time in office, and I know he will accomplish more as he finishes out the 113th session. I respect his decision to retire from the Senate, and I wish him and his family only the best in their future.”