Tom Cole

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Tom Cole currently serves the 4th Congressional district of Oklahoma

Tom Cole has represented Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican since 2003 (map). As of 2005, Cole, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, is the only registered Native American in the U.S. House. He was the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee for the 110th Congress, but relinquished that role in the 111th Congress.

Records and controversies

General information about important bills and votes for can be found in Congresspedia's articles on legislation. You can add information you find on how Tom Cole voted by clicking the "[edit]" link to the right and typing it in. Remember to cite your sources!

Iraq War

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil

Tom Cole has voted in favor of big oil companies on 90% of important oil-related bills from 2005-2007, according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq war funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and emissions.[1] See below for oil money in politics.

Bio

Although born in Shreveport, Louisiana on April 28, 1949, Cole is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, raised in Moore, Oklahoma. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1971 with a BA in History. His postgraduate degrees include an MA from Yale University (1974) and a PhD from the University of Oklahoma (1984), both in British History. Cole did research abroad as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and was a Fulbright Fellow (1977-78) at the University of London. He was a college professor in history and politics before becoming a politician.

Cole is a major figure in contemporary Oklahoma politics. Following his mother Helen, who served as a state representative and senator, Cole served in the Oklahoma State Senate from 1988 to 1991, resigning mid-term to accept a job in Washington. From 1995 to 1999, he was the Oklahoma Secretary of State under Frank Keating, and assisted with the recovery efforts following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He has also served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.

Cole has been heavily involved in national politics as well, having served both as Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee and as Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee. He also spent two years working as a paid consultant for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. But Cole's primary involvement in politics has been as a political consultant. His firm Cole, Hargrave, Snodgrass and Associates played a large part in the reconstruction of Oklahoma's political landscape, and backed a number of candidates that took office during the Republican Revolution of 1994. Among their clients have been Frank Keating, J.C. Watts, Tom Coburn, Frank Lucas, Mary Fallin, Wes Watkins, Steve Largent, Mississippi congressman Chip Pickering, and Hawaii governor Linda Lingle.

Congressional career

During his initial campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002, Cole received the endorsement of Watts, the popular outgoing incumbent. This helped him win a hard-fought general election over Democratic nominee Darryl Roberts with 54% of the vote. Cole subsequently won an easy re-election campaign in 2004, gaining 78% of the vote against independent candidate Charlene Bradshaw.

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Hal Spake to face Cole in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1] Cole retained his seat. Following the elections, Cole was named chairman of the National Republican Campaign Committee for the 110th Congress.

National Republican Campaign Committee

Cole has withdrawn his name from race to be the chairman of the NRCC due to large amount of Republican losses in the November elections. [2]

Money in politics

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Links to more campaign contribution information for Tom Cole
from the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets.org site.
Fundraising profile: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2006 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2006 election cycle Career totals

Oil Money in Politics

Tom Cole has received $80,100 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $50,500 of those dollars were from industry PACS. In total, Cole has accepted $305,050 from oil companies between 2000 and 2008, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money.[3] See above for oil voting record.

Committees and Affiliations

Committees

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tom Cole. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources

References

  1. Vote Tracker, Oil Change International.
  2. Pete Sessions wins leadership role in GOP campaign efforts The Dallas Morning News November 19, 2008 Accessed December 15, 2008
  3. See "Follow the Oil Money," "Follow the Coal Money," and vote tracker from Oil Change International and Appalachian Voices.

External resources

Local blogs and discussion sites

Articles

Contact

DC Office:
236 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515-3604
Phone: 202-225-6165
Fax: 202-225-3512
Web Email
Website

District Office- Ada:
104 East Twelfth
Ada, OK 74820
Phone: 580-436-5375
Fax: 580-436-5451

District Office- Lawton:
711 Southwest D Avenue, Suite 201
Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: 580-357-2131
Fax: 580-357-7477

District Office- Norman:
2420 Springer Drive, Suite 120
Norman, OK 73069
Phone: 405-329-6500
Fax: 405-321-7369

Corresponding article on Wikipedia and Cause Caller. (If Cause Caller link does not work, pick from its list of senators and representatives.)

Current Office: U.S. House of Representatives
111th Congress
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110th Congress
Leadership Position:
Chairman, Republican Congressional Campaign Committee
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Committees: House Committee on Armed Services, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Air and Land Forces, House Committee on Armed Services/Subcommittee on Readiness, House Committee on Natural Resources, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on Fisheries Wildlife and Oceans, House Committee on Natural Resources/Subcommittee on National Parks Forests and Public Lands
Congressional Career
First Elected to Current Office:
November 5, 2002
First Took Current Office:
January 3, 2003
Next Election:
November 2, 2010
Term Ends:
Freshman Member?
No
Previous Political Work?
Oklahoma Secretary of State; Oklahoma Senate
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District Offices:
1. 104 East Twelfth, Ada, OK 74820
Phone: 580-436-5375 / Fax: 580-436-5451
2. 711 Southwest D Avenue, Suite 201, Lawton, OK 73501
Phone: 580-357-2131 / Fax: 580-357-7477
3. 2420 Springer Drive, Suite 120, Norman, OK 73069
Phone: 405-329-6500 / Fax: 405-321-7369




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Date of Birth: April 28, 1949