January 17, 2014
Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement regarding the announced retirement of Senator Tom Coburn:
“Doctor Tom Coburn has represented the ‘Gold Standard’ for smart and tough fiscal conservatism since he began serving in the United States Congress in 1995. He is a true hero of the American Taxpayer and one of the most influential voices in American politics today.
“His consistent, relentless advocacy for responsible spending and deficit reduction has earned him respect from men and women on both sides of the aisle. Agree with him or not, there is never any doubt where Tom Coburn stands on the issues. He is as impressive a public servant as they come, and I am sure we have not heard the last from him. While I am sorry to see the Senate lose one of this country’s great statesmen, I am happy that Tom can now spend more time with his family and focus on other opportunities.”
Coburn’s retirement triggers a special election for the United States Senate seat he now holds. The special election will be held on the same dates as Oklahoma’s regularly scheduled elections. The primary will be June 24; a potential runoff election would be held on August 26; and the general election will occur on November 4.
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