Sen. Tom Coburn

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware)
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

Lankford Vows To Continue Coburn's Work After Senate Win

Nov 5, 2014
U.S. Senator-elect James Lankford talks with his new colleague Jim Inhofe at a watch party during the Nov. 4, 2014 midterm election.
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Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford will finish the final two years of U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn’s term. A two-term congressman from Edmond, Lankford defeated Democratic state Sen. Connie Johnson and independent Mark Beard in the race to become Oklahoma’s junior U.S. Senator. Lankford’s victory means that both of Oklahoma’s Senate seats remain in Republican hands.

Lankford said Coburn’s leadership would be missed in Oklahoma, but that his work still has to continue.

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The dust still hasn't settled on Oklahoma's 2014 political landscape after U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn triggered a landslide within the state Republican Party with his announcement that he planned to forego his final two years in office.

All eyes are focused on whether Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon and first-term U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine decide to enter the race for Coburn's soon-to-be vacant seat.

VIDEO: Coburn To Leave Senate Seat

Jan 16, 2014
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) greeting President Barack Obama.
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced Thursday evening he will leave behind his Senate seat at the end of this Congress. That will leave two years remaining in his term.

The end of the current session is January 2015.

An email from Coburn's office said the decision to leave was not because of his health. He is a cancer survivor and was recently diagnosed with cancer again.

Sen. Coburn, Others Say Lawmakers Can't Stop Obamacare

Sep 23, 2013

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says he would be "in the fight" to defund the federal Affordable Care Act if there was any way it would actually happen.