Congressman Dan Boren Says Decision Not To Run 'Not Easy'


Tuesday, June 7th 2011, 11:28 am
By: News 9


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MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma – U.S. Representative Dan Boren, who is Oklahoma's lone Democratic congressman, announced Tuesday he will not seek a fifth term.

Rep. Boren represents Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District. He was elected to the office in 2004. He currently serves on the House Resources Committee. He's also the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs as a part of that committee.

Rep. Boren held a news conference at 2 p.m. in Muskogee, saying he would not seek re-election in 2012 in part because he wanted to spend more time with his family.  In a statement, the congressman said:

"I have made the decision not to seek re-election next year for another term in Congress. This is not an easy decision for me. It was based on the demands of constant campaigning, and most importantly spending too much time away from my family which includes two very young children. 

I will spend the next 18 months focusing on committee work which includes my position as ranking member of the Indian Affairs Subcommittee, a member of the Intelligence Committee, a member of the Blue Dog Leadership team, and as co-chair of the House Natural Gas Caucus. At the end of this term, I will have served a decade in elected office which includes the Oklahoma Legislature and the Congress. I am proud of the record of independence and bipartisanship that our office has undertaken. 

There are no better people than those in the Second District of Oklahoma. It has been an honor serving them. It is my intention to serve out the balance of my term and not letting up until my time is completed. I want to thank my family, especially my wife Andrea, our wonderful staff, and again the great people of the Second District of Oklahoma."