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About U.S. Rep. Dan Boren

Officials respond to the decision of Rep. Dan Boren to not seek re-election.
Oklahoman Modified: June 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm •  Published: June 7, 2011

• President Barack Obama: “I want to thank Representative Boren for his years of service representing the people of Oklahoma's 2nd District in the United States Congress. Over the course of his career, both in Washington and in the Oklahoma Legislature, Dan has exemplified a commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunity for his constituents and rural communities, all the while continuing his family's long line of public service and dedication to the state of Oklahoma. I commend him for his service, and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

• Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore: “Dan Boren's decision to retire from the House of Representatives is a real loss for Oklahoma. He has served his constituents and state with skill, decency and integrity.

“Dan is widely admired on both sides of the aisle, and he will certainly be missed. Throughout his career, he has remained true to his Oklahoma values and roots even when under pressure to toe the party line.”

• Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “I appreciate the hard work and dedication Representative Boren has shown while serving Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives over the past six years. His many accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, and he has proven to be a successful leader during his time in office.”

• Rep. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City: “Dan works incredibly hard for the 2nd District of Oklahoma. He has shown immense dedication as he has traveled across his district to connect, listen and learn from his constituents in an effort to better represent them. During my short five months in office, I have seen firsthand how he has kept his focus on Oklahoma.”

• Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee: “Congressman Dan Boren has been an extraordinary advocate for Oklahoma's 2nd District and a strong leader for the rural communities that he represents.”


U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee

• Age: 37

• Election: First elected in 2004, with 66 percent of the vote; received 73 percent in 2006; 70 percent in 2008; and 57 percent in 2010

• Committees: Select Committee on Intelligence; Natural Resources Committee, ranking member of subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs

• Legislation: Co-author of Nat Gas Act, pending in the House, to provide tax incentives for natural gas vehicles; authored legislation, recently approved by the House, to prevent images of U.S. service members from being used commercially without permission; authored legislation, pending in the House, to restrict campaign contributions from out of state; authored a bill, which became law as part of health care reform legislation, to require insurance coverage for screenings for colorectal cancer, the disease that killed his mother.


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