Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, Conservative Political Maverick, Dies

Mar 28, 2020

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn has died. He was 72. A cousin tells The Associated Press that he died early Saturday morning.

Coburn had been diagnosed with prostate cancer years earlier. The Oklahoma Republican railed against federal earmarking and earned a reputation as a political maverick.

The physician won a U.S. House seat during the “Republican Revolution” in 1994. He stepped down after three terms, keeping a term-limit pledge.

He returned to his family medical practice in Muskogee, where during his career he delivered more than 4,000 babies.

He jumped back into politics and was elected to the Senate in 2004, and again in 2010.