Monday, October 22, 2012

Tom Coburn

Gang of Eight - member
     Bi-partisan members attempting to negotiate deficit reduction deal in order to avoid the
     Fiscal Cliff

Tom Coburn

Senator                        Oklahoma                    Republican
Elected 2004

Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Ratings for 2010:

ADA    Americans for Democratic Action                                                      5
            Liberal:             less defense spending   
                                      protect civil liberties, human rights

ACLU  American Civil Liberties Union                                                          7
            Protect individuals from legal infringements on rights

AFS     American Federation of Government Employees                           0
            Liberal labor

LCV    League of Conservation Voters                                                       14
            Pro-environmental protection

ITIC     Information Technology Industry Council                                          33
            Promote electronic commerce and innovation

NTU    National Taxpayers Union                                                                 96
            Pro-taxpayer rights

COC    US Chamber of Commerce                                                            82

ACU    American Conservative Union                                                      100
            Conservative:    foreign policy
                                       social and budget issues

CFG    Club for Growth                                                                              100
            Pro-tax limitation

FRC     Family Research Council                                                               91
            Conservative:    promotes marriage and family
                                       oppose abortion

Votes in 111th Congress:  2009 – 2010

No       Overturn Ledbetter
            Extend statute of limitations in pay discrimination
No       Pass $787 Billion Stimulus
            Funds to revive U.S. economy
Yes      Repeal DC Gun Laws
            Repeal Washington DC limits on firearms and ban on assault weapons
No       Confirm Sonia Sotomayor
            Confirm Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court
No       Pass Health Care Bill
            Provides insurance for people without health insurance
No       Regulate Financial Firms
            New federal regulations on financial services firms
No       Pass Tax Cuts for Some
            Bush era tax cuts to continue for incomes under $250,000
No       Legalize Immigrants’ Kids
            Give children of illegal parents path to legal status
No       Ratify New START
            Ratify Strategic Arms Treaty with Russia
No       Confirm Elena Kagan
            Confirm Elena Kagan to Supreme Court
Yes      Stop EPA Climate Regulations
            Oppose EPA regulations of greenhouse gases under Clean Air Act
No       Repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
            Lift ban on openly gay people in military

Year                 Candidate                     Vote                                         Campaign Chest

2010                Tom Coburn (R)           718,482  71%                          2,644,376
                        Jim Rogers (D)             265,814  26                            
                        Stephen Wallace (I)        25,048    2

2004                Tom Coburn (R)           763,433  53%                          5,078,647
                        Brad Carson (D)           596,750  41                             6,172,076
                        Sheila Bilyeu (I)               86,663    6                            

                        I           Independent

Population 2010:                      3,751,351
State Rank:                               28th
Change since 2000:                 up 8.7%

Urban:                                      65%
Rural:                                        35

Oklahoma City                         579,999
Tulsa                                         391,906
Norman                                    110,925
Broken Arrow                            98,850

Median Income:                           42,358
Median Home Value:                104,900

Private Employment:                 75%
Government Employment:         18
Self-Employed:                             7
Poverty:                                    16
Blue Collar:                              25
White Collar:                            57

Median Age:                             36
Over 65:                                    13%
Under 18:                                  25

High School Graduates:            85%
College Graduates:                   23
Graduate Degree:                       7

Veterans:                                  12%

Registered Voters 2010:
Democrats                                   999,855
Republicans                                 813,158
Independents                               225,607
Voter Turnout -                         1,034,767
Turnout, Voting Age -              37%

White:                                         69%
Black:                                           7
Hispanic:                                      9
Asian:                                           2
Native American                         8 

2008 Presidential Vote:
John McCain (R) -                    960,165           66%
Barack Obama (D) -                502,496           34

2004 Presidential Vote:
George W. Bush (R) -            959,792           66%
John Kerry (D) -                      503,966           34

Tom Coburn's Voting History:

Votes in the 110th Congress:  2007 – 08

*          Raise CAFE standards
            Limit debate on setting higher fuel standards for vehicles
No       Expand SCHIP
            Expand State Children’s Health Insurance Program
No       Cap Greenhouse Gases
            Limit debate on setting Cap and Trade system to curb climate change
Yes      Bailout Financial Markets
            $700 billion dollar bailout of financial industry
Yes      Make English Official Language
            English the official language of the US
No       Path to Citizenship
            Limit debate on immigration reform bill
Yes      Fetus is Unborn Child
            Define fetus as an unborn child
No       Prosecute Hate Crimes
            Limit debate on measure funding prosecution of hate crimes
No       Withdraw Troops March, 2008
            Withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by March, 2008
Yes      Iran Guard is Terrorist Group
            Iranian Revolutionary Guard is terrorist group
Yes      Increase Missile Defense Funding
            Increase funding for missile defense
Yes      Overhaul FISA
            Overhaul Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

*          Absent

Votes in the 109th Congress:  2005 – 06

No       Bar ANWR Drilling
            Bar oil and gas leasing in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Yes      FY06 Spending Curb
            Curb federal entitlement spending
Yes      Estate Tax Repeal
            Limit debate on proposal to permanently repeal estate tax
No       Raise Minimum Wage
            Increase minimum wage to $7.25
Yes      Confirm Samuel Alito
            Confirm Samuel Alito as Associate Justice, Supreme Court
No       Path to Citizenship
            Path to citizenship for illegal immigrants
Yes      Bar Same Sex Marriage
            Limit debate on Constitutional amendment for marriage to man, woman
No       Stem Cell Research Funding
            Federal funds for embryonic stem cell research
Yes      Limit Interstate Abortion
            Prohibit minors crossing borders for abortion without parental consent
Yes      CAFTA
            Central American Free Trade Agreement
No       Urge Iraq Withdrawal
            Start withdrawing US troops from Iraq in 2006
No       Provide Detainee Rights
            Habeas Corpus rights for military detainees

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