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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)


Biography
District: 4th District
Political Highlights: Okla. Republican Party chairman, 1985-89; Okla. Senate, 1989-91; Okla. secretary of state, 1995-99; U.S. House of Representatives, 2003-present
Born: April 28, 1949; Shreveport, La.
Residence: Moore
Religion: Methodist
Family: Wife, Ellen Cole; one child
Education: Grinnell College, B.A. 1971; Yale U., M.A. 1974; U. of Oklahoma, Ph.D. 1984
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2002 (6th term)
Committee Assignments: Appropriations (Defense; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch - Chairman); Budget; Rules; Joint Library

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotes%
2014generalTom Cole (R) 117,72170.8
Bert Smith (D) 40,99824.7
Dennis Johnson (I) 7,5494.5
2012generalTom Cole (R) 176,74067.9
Donna Bebo (D) 71,84627.6
R. J. Harris (I) 11,7454.5
2010generalTom Cole (R) 00.0
2008generalTom Cole (R) 180,08066.0
Blake Cummings (D) 79,67429.2
David Joyce (I) 13,0274.8
2006generalTom Cole (R) 118,26664.6
Hal Spake (D) 64,77535.4
2004generalTom Cole (R) 198,98577.8
Charlene Bradshaw (I) 56,86922.2
2002generalTom Cole (R) 106,45253.8
Darryl Roberts (D) 91,32246.2
Roll Call Vitals

147th

on the House Seniority List

Fellow Oklahoma Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R) is 70th.

38th

Oklahoma is 38th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.

6,392

Twitter Followers (@tomcoleok04)

13th

Rep. Tom Cole has the 13th most Sunday talk show appearances amongst members of Congress.


Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) has the most appearances so far this year.











Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows: SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat. FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible. LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored. TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge. TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.