Last updated on: 8/13/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Tom Coburn, MD Biography

Title:
US Senator (R-OK)
Position:
Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Do we want doctors deciding who lives and who dies? No, we do not want that. This is a slope, a real slope where we are going to become God. We do not have that power. The Declaration of Independence says that we should have the right to pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing in it says we have the right to pursue death, nothing.”

Oct. 27, 1999 consideration of House Resolution 2260, Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999, available at www.gpo.gov, stated:

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to end-of-life issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to end-of-life.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Senator (R-OK) Jan. 3, 2005-Dec. 2014
  • Member, US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Member, US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Ranking Member, US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
  • US Representative, Oklahoma 2nd District, Jan. 3, 1995-Jan. 3, 2001
  • Participant, Medical Mission Trip to Iraq, 1992
  • Medical Doctor, Family Practice and Obstetrics, 1986-present
  • Former Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Muskogee Regional Medical Center
  • Participant, Medical Mission Trip to Haiti, 1985
  • Family Practice Intern, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, 1984-1986
  • General Surgery Intern, St. Anthony’s Hospital, 1983-1984
  • Board Member, Optical Manufacturers’ Association, 1973-1974
  • Manufacturing Manager, Ophthalmic Division of Coburn Optical Industries, 1970-1978
  • Board Member, Better Vision Institute, 1967-1977
Education:
  • MD, University of Oklahoma Medical School, 1983
  • BS, Accounting, Oklahoma State University, 1970
Other:
  • He was born in Casper, Wyoming.
  • Twitter handle: @TomCoburn
  • Legal name: Thomas Allen Coburn
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Legal Right to Die?