U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), a physician and opponent of the 2010 healthcare reform law, announced he will leave the Senate at the end of this Congress.
Coburn's departure two years before his term expires will require a special election to fill his vacated seat in the upper chamber. The Oklahoma Republican—who specialized in family medicine, obstetrics and the treatment of allergies—has battled cancer, but said that is not the reason why is leaving the Senate.
“Carolyn and I have been touched by the encouragement we've received from people across the state regarding my latest battle against cancer,” Coburn, who turns 66 in March, said in a statement. “But this decision isn't about my health, my prognosis, or even my hopes and desires,” he continued. “My commitment to the people of Oklahoma has always been that I would serve no more than two terms.”