Tom Coburn

American politician and physician (1948–2020)

Thomas Allen Coburn (March 14, 1948 – March 28, 2020) was an American politician and medical doctor. A member of the Republican Party, he served as a U.S. Senator of Oklahoma from 2005 to 2015. He was nicknamed Dr. No because of he blocked many spending bills many times.[1]

Tom Coburn
United States Senator
from Oklahoma
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2015
Preceded byDon Nickles
Succeeded byJames Lankford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
In office
January 4, 1995 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byMike Synar
Succeeded byBrad Carson
Personal details
Born(1948-03-14)March 14, 1948
Casper, Wyoming, U.S.
DiedMarch 28, 2020(2020-03-28) (aged 72)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Carolyn Coburn
ResidenceMuskogee, Oklahoma
Alma materOklahoma State University

He announced in January 2014 that he would leave the senate at the end of the 113th United States Congress and submitted his resignation letter to Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin.

Coburn died on March 28, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma from prostate cancer, aged 72.[2]


  1. McFadden, Robert D. (28 March 2020). "Tom Coburn, the 'Dr. No' of Congress, Is Dead at 72". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  2. Bernstein, Adam (March 28, 2020). "Tom Coburn, unyielding 'Dr. No' of the House and Senate, dies at 72". The Washington Post. Retrieved March 28, 2020.