U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-Chickasha) announced he will not seek the senate seat left vacant by Tom Coburn this week.
“After considerable thought, I have decided not to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. my seniority, my membership on three major committees, my position as a subcommittee chairman on the Appropriations Committee and my role as a Deputy Whip in the Republican Conference make me much more valuable to Oklahoma and the Fourth District in the House than I could be as a freshman U.S. Senator," said Cole.
The congressman said he was honored to have been thought of for the position.
"There has been a great deal of speculation about which Republicans might run for the seat,” said Cole. “I am very flattered to be among those mentioned, as any Oklahoma Republican would be honored to succeed someone as distinguished as Tom Coburn."
Cole said he looks forward to finding Coburn's replacement.
“I am certain that many worthy Republicans will seek Senator Coburn's seat. In the days ahead, I look forward helping nominate and elect another well-qualified conservative, who will represent Oklahoma in the United States Senate with the same integrity and distinction that Senator Coburn has exhibited throughout his illustrious career."
Oklahoma City Rep. James Lankford has announced he will seek Coburn's seat.