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Dan Boren

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
Assumed office 
January 3, 2005
Preceded by Brad Carson

Born August 2, 1973 (1973-08-02) (age 36)
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea Heupel Boren
Children Janna Lou Boren
Residence Muskogee, Oklahoma
Alma mater Texas Christian University, University of Oklahoma
Occupation high school administrator
Religion Methodist

Daniel David "Dan" Boren (born August 2, 1973) is a Democratic U.S. politician from the state of Oklahoma, representing Oklahoma's 2nd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives (map). The district includes most of the eastern part of the state outside of Tulsa.


Early life

Boren was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Janna Lou Little and David Lyle Boren, current University of Oklahoma President and former Governor of Oklahoma and U.S. Senator.[1] His grandfather, Lyle Boren, also served in the U.S. Congress — representing southeastern Oklahoma (Oklahoma's 4th congressional district) from 1937 to 1947.

He received a B.S. from Texas Christian University (TCU) in 1997, and an MBA from the University of Oklahoma in 2000.

Boren is married to Andrea Heupel, the sister of OU football assistant coach and former star quarterback Josh Heupel. They recently moved to Muskogee.

Dan and Andrea have one daughter, Janna Lou, born 2007-10-09.

Political career

Dan Boren with former governor Frank Keating

Boren served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004, representing the 28th House District. In the 2004 elections to the U.S. House of Representatives, Boren ran as the Democratic candidate for Oklahoma's second congressional district, succeeding Rep. Brad Carson, who was retiring from the House to run for the United States Senate. He defeated Republican candidate Wayland Smalley by more than 85,000 votes (66% to 34%)[2] 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. Boren was re-elected in 2006.[3]

Boren is 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, more than any other tax reform proposal.

Policy positions and actions


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Boren is a fairly conservative, Blue Dog Democrat[4], which is not surprising given the nature 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. The district has gone Republican in the last three presidential elections, all by double-digit margins.

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.”[5] 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 MBTE.[6] Boren also voted in favor of the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, [7], a bill that environmental groups said would drastically reduce the protections in the Endangered Species Act.[8]

On July 10, 2007, Boren was one of ten Democrats to vote against a bill to withdraw troops by April 1, 2008.[9 ] Later that month, he announced his opposition to the 2007 Iraq troop surge.[10]

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.[11].

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. [12]

On June 10, 2008, Boren announced that he would not endorse the Democratic Party's presidential candidate, Barack Obama, but that he would vote for Obama at the party's convention in August.

In November 2009, Boren voted along with 39 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. [13]

Committee assignments

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

Election history

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

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

2005 – present

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