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Rep. Dan Boren: Polarized political system in desperate need of reform

BY U.S. REP. DAN BOREN Published: December 12, 2012

Despite these structural challenges, I remain an optimist. Recently, as I was cleaning out my office, I was introduced to newly re-elected U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and his wife, Mary. Rick was called to serve in Congress in the 1970s in response to the Watergate scandal. He left on his own terms after six years in office, feeling that he and his colleagues had made many necessary reforms to restore public faith in our government. He's coming back during this difficult time of hyper-partisanship with the same determination to help his fellow citizens of Minnesota. He was assigned my office in the Rayburn building.

That same week, I was reminded of how fortunate we are in Oklahoma to have statesmen like Tom Cole, who spoke out on the need for compromise to our fiscal crisis. In times like these, our leaders must work together to find real solutions to our nation's problems — not just be another politician taking policy positions based on partisan rhetoric.

I will be forever indebted to the people of my district and the great state of Oklahoma for allowing me to serve. Thank you for giving Andrea, Janna, Hunter and me this wonderful opportunity.

Boren, D-Muskogee, is wrapping up eight years as Oklahoma's 2nd District representative.


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