Dan Boren

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Dan Boren
Dan Boren, official Congressional photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 2005 – January 3, 2013
Preceded byBrad Carson
Succeeded byMarkwayne Mullin
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
November 2002 – November 2004
Preceded byMike Ervin
Succeeded byWes Hilliard
Personal details
Born
David Daniel Boren

(1973-08-02) August 2, 1973 (age 47)
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ParentsDavid Boren (father), Janna Little Robbins (mother), John Clinton Robbins (stepfather)
RelativesLyle Boren (grandfather)
EducationTexas Christian University (BS)
University of Oklahoma (MBA)

David Daniel Boren (born August 2, 1973) is the President and Chief Banking Officer at First United Bank of Oklahoma.[1] Dan is a retired American politician, who served as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district from 2005 to 2013. The district includes most of the eastern part of the state outside of Tulsa. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He also served as a State Representative in Oklahoma House District 28.[2]

Boren announced on June 7, 2011, that he would not seek re-election to the House in 2012.[3] On June 19, 2012, he announced via a news release that he has been hired as President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation, working to promote economic diversification upon completion of his term in Congress.[4] In January of 2020, Boren began his role as President and Chief Banking Officer of First United Bank.[5]

Early life, family, education and career[edit]

Boren was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Janna Lou (née Little) and David Lyle Boren, former University of Oklahoma President and former Governor of Oklahoma and U.S. Senator.[6]

His paternal grandfather, Lyle Boren, served in the U.S. Congress, representing southeastern Oklahoma (Oklahoma's 4th congressional district) from 1937 to 1947. His maternal grandfather, Reuel Little helped found the American Party to support the 1968 presidential campaign of George Wallace. His first cousin, Janna Little, is married to former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R-WI), who was nominated for Vice President at the 2012 Republican National Convention to be the running mate of Mitt Romney.[7]

Boren was a Page in the US Senate in 1989.[8] In 1997, he received a B.S. from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. He obtained an MBA from the University of Oklahoma in 2001. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.[9]

At the start of his career, Boren served on the staff of Congressman Wes Watkins, worked as an education administrator and bank teller, and was a member of the staff of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for Denise Bode.

Oklahoma House of Representatives[edit]

Dan Boren with former governor Frank Keating

Boren served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004, representing the 28th House District. He served as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary.[10] He also served on the Transportation Committee,[11] Wildlife Committee, Appropriations and Budget Committee and the Energy Committee.[12] He was a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Boren, as of the 111th Congress, was a member of the following committees:

Boren served as Co-Chair and Whip for the Blue Dog Coalition[14] and Co-Chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus.[15]

On May 15, 2008 Boren was elected to the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. Boren said that he was a lifetime member of the NRA.[16]

In November 2009, Boren voted along with 39 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.[17] Boren also voted against the final bill, in March.[18] He said "only 17 percent of my constituents supported the bill."[19] In January 2011, Boren was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for its repeal.[20]

In July 2011, Boren was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.[21]

Environmental issues[edit]

In 2006, the nonpartisan environmental group League of Conservation Voters included Boren in its "Dirty Dozen" list of anti-environment federal officeholders, citing his "dismal voting record on issues of environmental importance."[22] This record included support for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 — a bill criticized for the billions of dollars in subsidies it provided the oil and nuclear industries – as well as opposition to policies designed to increase fuel efficiency and to increase accountability for producers of the pollutant and fuel additive MTBE.[22]

Boren voted in favor of the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act,[23] a bill that environmental groups said would drastically reduce the protections in the Endangered Species Act.[24] Boren was a cosponsor of H.R. 25, the FairTax Act, which replaces federal taxes with a flat sales tax. This legislation attracted 59 members in the 109th Congress.[25]

In March 2011, Boren was one of four Democrats to support the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would block the EPA from reducing heat-trapping pollution blamed for global warming.[26]

Military issues[edit]

On July 10, 2007, Boren was one of ten Democrats to vote against a bill to withdraw troops by April 1, 2008.[27] Later that month, he announced his opposition to the 2007 Iraq troop surge.[28]

In January 2009, along with all other members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation, Boren said he opposed President Obama's decision to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp.[29]

Notable Legislation[edit]

Dan Boren was a sponsor of several pieces of legislation including HR 1676 (110th): Native American Home Ownership Opportunity Act of 2007, HR 4544 (110th): Code Talkers Recognition Act of 2008. HR 4154 (112th): SAVE Native Women Act, HR 2550 (112th): Spouses of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, HR 2444 (112th): Department of the Interior Tribal Self-Governance Act of 2011 and HR 1330 (111th Congress): Colorectal Cancer Screening and Detection Coverage Act of 2009. [30]

Retirement[edit]

On June 7, 2011, The Oklahoman announced that "Rep. Dan Boren, the only Democrat in Oklahoma's seven-person congressional delegation, will not seek re-election in 2012, setting up what could be an intense partisan battle for a seat that spans much of eastern Oklahoma."[31]

On June 12, 2012, Boren announced that following his final term in office, he would join the Chickasaw Nation as the President of Corporate Development.[32] He later became the President and Chief Banking Officer for First United Bank in the state of Oklahoma.[33]

Political campaigns[edit]

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In 2004 United States House of Representatives elections, Boren ran for Oklahoma's second congressional district to succeed fellow Democrat Brad Carson, who was retiring from the House to run for the United States Senate. He won the primary with 58% of the vote, and then defeated Republican candidate Wayland Smalley in the general election by more than 85,000 votes (66% to 34%)[34] and was inaugurated in the 109th Congress in January 2005. Boren was one of only two politicians endorsed by country singer Toby Keith, the other being President George W. Bush.[35] Boren was reelected in 2006, 2008 and 2010.[36] In 2010, Boren was challenged in the Democratic primary by State Senator Jim Wilson, who ran as a more liberal candidate, but Boren won with over 75% of the vote. In the general election, he defeated Republican Charles Thompson by a margin of 13%, despite the Republican wave that swept the nation that year.[37]

Boren was known as one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, but his conservatism fit the political demographics of his district. The 2nd was once a Democratic stronghold, but has become increasingly friendly to Republicans as Tulsa's suburbs have begun to encroach on the district and the rural areas have trended right.[38] The district has voted for the Republican candidate in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Presidential elections, by double-digit margins in the latter two years.[39] Additionally, the Democrats in the district tend to be more socially and fiscally conservative than their national counterparts.[40]

Boren considered a run for Governor of Oklahoma in 2018 before deciding to stay in his position with the Chickasaw Nation.[41][42]

Electoral history[edit]

November 2, 2010, Representative of Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
Dan Boren Democratic Party 108,203 56.52%
Charles Thompson Republican Party 83,266 43.48%
Source: 2010 General Election Results
July 27, 2010, Representative of Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district Democratic Primary election results
Candidates Party Votes %
Dan Boren Democratic Party 66,439 75.55%
Jim Wilson Democratic Party 21,496 24.45%
Source: 2010 Primary Election Results
November 4, 2008, Representative of Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
Dan Boren Democratic Party 173,757 70.47%
Raymond Wickson Republican Party 72,815 29.53%
Source: 2008 Election Results
November 7, 2006, Representative of Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
Dan Boren Democratic Party 122,347 72.74%
Patrick K. Miller Republican Party 45,861 27.26%
Source: 2006 Election Results
November 2, 2004, Representative of Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district election results
Candidates Party Votes %
Dan Boren Democratic Party 179,579 65.89%
Wayland Smalley Republican Party 92,963 34.11%
Source: 2004 Election Results

Business career[edit]

After leaving Congress in 2013, Boren began work as President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation. He held this position until December 2019, when he was named Chief Banking Officer and Oklahoma President of First United Bank, one of the largest banking institutions in the Southwest.[43]

Personal life[edit]

Boren is married to Andrea Heupel, who is the sister of Josh Heupel, the starting quarterback who led the Oklahoma Sooners to win the 2000 BCS National Championship. Heupel formerly served as the University of Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator and is currently the head coach of the UCF Knights. Dan and Andrea recently[when?] moved to Oklahoma City with their two children.

Boren is a member of the Episcopal Church.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bank, First United. "First United Bank - Spend Life Wisely(R)". www.firstunitedbank.com. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  2. ^ "Boren, Daniel David | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture". www.okhistory.org. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Dan Boren Retiring: Oklahoma Congressman Won't Seek Another Term". HuffPost. June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dan Boren To Work For Chickasaw Nation When He Leaves Congress". NewsOn6.com. June 20, 2012.
  5. ^ Bank, First United. "First United Bank - Spend Life Wisely(R)". www.firstunitedbank.com. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  6. ^ "Daniel David Boren". Rootsweb. 2014. Archived from the original on November 25, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2014.[unreliable source?]
  7. ^ Thompson, Krissah (August 13, 2012). "Janna Ryan steps lightly into national spotlight". The Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2012.
  8. ^ Editorial, Guest (August 30, 2011). "Is there no better option than ending Congressional page program?". pennlive. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  9. ^ "Prominent Alumni". Kappa Sigma. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "House Members of the General Conference Committe on Appropriations | Oklahoma Senate". oksenate.gov. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  11. ^ Boren, Dan (January 27, 2011). "H.R.475 - 112th Congress (2011-2012): Fountainhead Property Land Transfer Act". www.congress.gov. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  12. ^ Boren, Dan. "Dan Boren". www.congress.gov. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Rep. Boren has key role on panel focused on American Indian issues | Politics | tulsaworld.com". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  14. ^ "Blue Dog Coalition". House.gov. April 27, 2009. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  15. ^ "Sportsmen's Advocate Named V.P. Candidate | Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation". congressionalsportsmen.org. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  16. ^ "Congressman confirmed as NRA board member". kten.com.[dead link]
  17. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 887: Affordable Health Care for America Act". Office of the Clerk. November 7, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  18. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 165: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act". Office of the Clerk. March 21, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  19. ^ "Representative Dan Boren Weighs in On Health Care Vote". NewsOn6.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  20. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 14: Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act". Office of the Clerk. January 19, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  21. ^ Berman, Russell (July 19, 2011). "Five Blue Dogs join GOP in vote for 'cut, cap and balance' bill". The Hill. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  22. ^ a b "LCVAF Names Rep. Dan Boren to 2006 'Dirty Dozen' List". League of Conservation Voters. September 21, 2006. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  23. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 506: Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act". Office of the Clerk. September 29, 2005. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  24. ^ Halpern, Michael (July 24, 2013). "Don't Like the Endangered Species Act? Try to Weaken It by Gutting the Science". Endangered Species Coalition. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  25. ^ "The HR3 Ten: Meet Dan Boren". RH Reality Check. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  26. ^ Cappiello, Dina (March 3, 2011). "4 Dems join GOP fight to block EPA climate rules". The Washington Post.
  27. ^ Shailagh Murray; Jonathan Weisman (July 15, 2007). "The Conservative Democrat: Dan Boren". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
  28. ^ "Iraq Troop Surge Debate: Dan Boren – Anti Surge". Retrieved August 23, 2010 – via YouTube.
  29. ^ "Oklahoma Delegation Says No To Guantanamo Detainee Relocation". House.gov. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  30. ^ Boren, Dan. "Dan Boren". www.congress.gov. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  31. ^ Casteel, Chris (June 7, 2011). "Oklahoma's U.S. Rep. Dan Boren won't seek re-election in 2012". News OK. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  32. ^ "Dan Boren To Work For Chickasaw Nation When He Leaves Congress". NewsOn6.com. June 19, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  33. ^ Bank, First United. "First United Bank - Spend Life Wisely(R)". www.firstunitedbank.com. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  34. ^ General Election Results – November 2, 2004
  35. ^ https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/weekly-standard/the-boren-identity
  36. ^ General Election Results – November 7, 2006
  37. ^ https://www.rollcall.com/news/Oklahoma-Race-Ratings-Dan-Boren-206246-1.html
  38. ^ "Race Ratings: Boren's Exit Makes for Tossup". Roll Call. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  39. ^ "Presidential Results by Congressional District, 2000–2008". December 30, 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2010.
  40. ^ https://www.nationalreview.com/2010/03/boren-supremacy-duncan-currie/
  41. ^ "Dan Boren opines about future possibilities, governor's mansion". Enid News & Eagle. January 28, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  42. ^ "Dan Boren decides not to run for Oklahoma governor in 2018". OU Daily. November 29, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  43. ^ https://www.tulsaworld.com/business/dan-boren-named-chief-banking-officer-of-first-united-bank/article_e76d59f3-43d6-5d6e-8ca0-93036a199892.html

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Brad Carson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district

2005–2013
Succeeded by
Markwayne Mullin