Public Figure and Former Oklahoma Senator
Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, junior Senator from Oklahoma and medical doctor Tom A. Coburn led the fight to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans.
During his tenure he also fought for the sanctity of life and private property rights. Sen. Coburn successfully challenged the broken culture of Washington; offering more amendments than any other senator to end waste and protect liberties.
From 1995-2001, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was the first Republican to hold that seat for consecutive terms. He played a central role in Medicare and healthcare debates. After a short time in the House, Dr. Coburn kept his word to serve no more than six years and returned full-time to his medical practice in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
From 1970-78, Dr. Coburn was the manufacturing manager at the Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries in Colonial Heights, Virginia, growing the division from 13 employees to more than 350 and capturing 35% of the U.S. market. After the family business was sold, Coburn returned to school to become a physician, attending the University of Oklahoma’s Medical School and graduating with his M.D. Dr. Coburn returned to Muskogee in 1983 to practice family medicine, allergy, and obstetrics. Dr. Coburn has personally delivered more than 4,000 babies.
Dr. Coburn and his wife Carolyn have three children and seven grandchildren.