Boren's Future

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Despite the announced departures of other Democrats in Congress, Oklahoma's only Democratic congressman says he plans to campaign to keep his seat.

U.S. Rep. Dan Boren tells The Oklahoman's Washington bureau that he's not surprised some moderate Democrats are retiring. He says the political environment is a contributing factor to those decisions to step down and that some of the older Democratic House members would "rather leave on a high note."

Boren says he's never thought about leaving the House and plans to visit all 25 counties in his district next year multiple times. At the end of September, he had about $1.3 million in his campaign account.

Eleven Democrats have said they won't run again and a freshman House member from Alabama said last week he was changing parties and becoming a Republican.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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