WASHINGTON — Rep. Dan Boren plans to work for the Chickasaw Nation when his term ends in January, pursuing new investments for the Ada-based tribe.
Boren, a Muskogee Democrat who has been in the U.S. House since 2005, said he will be working for the tribe's commerce division, which oversees casinos, travel plazas, a chocolate company and a small business center.
“I'll be looking for any and all opportunities for the Chickasaw Nation to invest in,” Boren said Tuesday. “This will be looking for new opportunities.”
Boren, 38, will hold a new position, president of corporate development, and he will be based in the Oklahoma City area. The position is not related to Chickasaw Nation Industries, a separate entity that is based in Norman.
Boren said he had talked to more than a dozen people about his post-Congress plans and that the offer from Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby interested him most.
“This is really perfect for me because I've done a lot of work on tribal issues,” Boren said. “Tribes are very involved in economic development — health care, energy, real estate — and they employ literally thousands of Oklahomans. It's a real opportunity for me to be involved in something that will work with the business community. That's my passion.
“The Chickasaw Nation is growing, as far as their business development. They're really on the cutting edge.”
In a prepared statement, Anoatubby said, “As a champion for small business during his tenure in Congress, Dan established a wide range of relationships in the public and private sectors in Oklahoma and all over the world.
“This, plus his diligence, sincerity and work ethic will be a great advantage to us as we continue to expand and diversify our portfolio of commercial ventures within Oklahoma and beyond our state's borders.”
Boren said he would no longer vote on legislation that affects the Chickasaw Nation, and that he has resigned his position as the top Democrat on the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. His fourth term will end in early January when his successor in the 2nd District takes office.
Boren and his wife, Andrea, have two children.
In a speech in Tulsa on Monday, Boren did not rule out a run for governor in the future, though he said he wouldn't challenge Gov. Mary Fallin, a Republican, should she run for re-election in two years, the Tulsa World reported.