Coburn, a former OCPA trustee, will resign after the current session of Congress, foregoing the final two years of his term. Coburn said in a January statement that the decision was not directly linked to his recurring fight against prostate cancer, but rather a personal decision to focus on the next stage of his life.
His name is now among a long list of high-profile conservative thinkers to win the award throughout the years — including Jeb Bush, former Florida Gov., and Ed Feulner, founder of The Heritage Foundation.
Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist who won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for commentary writing, was the dinner’s keynote speaker.
“I’m delighted to be in this wonderful state,” Krauthammer said. “Most of all, I’m honored to be in the presence of a wonderful senator. I concur with everything that’s been said about him today. He’s a man of unusual integrity and courage. We will miss him greatly in Washington ... I hope that one day you will send him back to us.”