Currently serving in his fifth term, Tom Cole was elected to Congress in 2002. Identified by Time Magazine as "one of the sharpest minds in the House", Cole is an advocate for a strong national defense, a tireless advocate for taxpayers and small businesses, and a leader on issues dealing with Native Americans and tribal governments. Cole was named as one of "Five Freshmen to Watch" by Roll Call at the outset of his congressional career.
Since 2009 Cole has served on the House Appropriations Committee and has been assigned to the Subcommittees on Defense, Foreign Operations, and Interior. In 2011, Cole was appointed to the House Budget Committee. Previously, he served on the Armed Services, Natural Resources, Rules, and Education and Workforce committees as well as the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. In addition, Congressman Cole serves as a Deputy Whip for the Republican Conference and is a member of the Republican Steering Committee.
Tom Cole has a significant background of service to his home state of Oklahoma. He has served as the State Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, District Director to former Congressman Mickey Edwards, a member of the Oklahoma State Senate, and as Oklahoma's Secretary of State. In this capacity he served as former Governor Frank Keating's chief legislative strategist and liaison to the state's federal delegation. Keating tapped Cole to lead Oklahoma's successful effort to secure federal funds to assist in the rebuilding of Oklahoma City in the wake of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19th, 1995.
Cole is widely regarded as one of the GOP's top political strategists. He served as Executive Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee in the 1992 cycle. He also served as the Chief of Staff of the Republican National Committee during the historic 2000 cycle in which Republicans won the Presidency, the Senate and the House for the first time in 48 years. In the 2008 cycle, Cole served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Cole is a founding partner and past president of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass & Associates, a nationally recognized survey research firm based in Oklahoma City. The firm has been named one of the top twenty in its field and has dozens of past and current clients scattered across the country.
A former college instructor in history and politics, Cole holds a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.A. from Yale University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. Cole has been a Thomas Watson Fellow and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of London. He currently serves on the national Board of the Fulbright Association.
Tom Cole is a fifth generation Oklahoman and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He is currently the only Native American serving in Congress. He was awarded the Congressional Leadership award by the National Congress of American Indians in 2007 and was inducted in the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2004. Cole's late mother, Helen, is also a member of the Chickasaw Hall of Fame and served as a state representative, state senator and Mayor of Moore in her native state of Oklahoma. Cole's late father, John, served twenty years in the United States Air Force and worked an additional two decades as a civilian federal employee at Tinker Air Force Base. Tom and his wife Ellen, have one son, Mason, and reside in Moore, Oklahoma.
Norman, OK – In a continued effort to bring conservative, common sense values to Washington D.C., Congressman Tom Cole today announced his bid to seek re-election as the Representative of Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District. ..
From The Norman Transcript...
Our choice: Cole, Tinsley in Republican vote Tuesday
NORMAN — Oklahoma voters on Tuesday are faced with narrowing the field of candidates who will be on their November ballots. There are two local races that will be decided Tuesday since no Democrats filed for them. ..
From The Oklahoman...
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, says he wants to continue to fight for smaller and less intrusive government.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday he is seeking a fifth term to fight against the spiraling national debt and out-of-control spending in Washington, which he called one of the pre-eminent problems facing the country. ..
The Associated Press ..
The McCarville Report Online
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The Norman Transcript
March 28, 2010 ..
The 4th Congressional District of Oklahoma is comprised of 15 counties: Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Jefferson, Love, McClain, Murray, Pontotoc, Stephens, and Tillman; as well as a small portion of Oklahoma County and Canadian County.
The largest employers in the district include Fort Sill Army Post, Goodyear, Tinker Air Force Base and the University of Oklahoma. Numerous agricultural and oil and gas businesses call the 4th district home. Additionally, countless small business and entrepreneurs work daily to make the 4th district a vibrant and innovative economy.
As the only tribal enrolled Native American currently serving in Congress, I am proud to come from a state that is rich in its Indian heritage. Oklahoma is home to a total of 38 sovereign Indian Tribes. Oklahoma's Fourth Congressional District, in particular, is home to 11 distinct tribes: Absentee Shawnee, Apache, Caddo, Cheyenne-Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche, Delaware, Fort Sill Apache, Kiowa, and Wichita.
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