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 by Brad Carson
Succeeded by Markwayne Mullin
Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives
from the 28th district
In office
November 2002 – November 2004
Preceded by Mike Ervin
Succeeded by Wes Hilliard
Personal details
Born Daniel David Boren
(1973-08-02) August 2, 1973 (age 43)
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Andrea Heupel
Children Janna
Alma mater Texas Christian University
University of Oklahoma
Religion Methodism

Daniel David "Dan" Boren (born August 2, 1973) is a retired 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.

Boren announced on June 7, 2011, that he would not seek re-election to the House in 2012.[1] On June 19, 2012, he announced via a news release that he has been hired as president of corporate development with the Chickasaw Nation, working to promote tribal economic development upon completion of his term in Congress.[2]

Early life, family, education and career[edit]

Boren was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the son of Janna Lou (née Little) and David Lyle Boren, current University of Oklahoma President and former Governor of Oklahoma and U.S. Senator.[3]

His grandfather, Lyle Boren, also served in the U.S. Congress, representing southeastern Oklahoma (Oklahoma's 4th congressional district) from 1937 to 1947. His first cousin, Janna Little Ryan, is married to Republican U.S. Representative and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Paul Ryan, who was nominated for Vice President at the 2012 Republican National Convention to be the running mate of Mitt Romney.[4]

In 1997, Boren received a B.S. from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth. He obtained an MBA from the University of Oklahoma in 2000. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.

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.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

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

Boren is a member of the Blue Dog Coalition.[5]

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.[6]

In November 2009, Boren voted along with 39 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act.[7] Boren also voted against the final bill, in March.[8] He said "only 17 percent of my constituents supported the bill."[9] In January 2011, Boren was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for its repeal.[10]

In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,[11] The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape.[12] The bill also allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest.[11]

In July 2011, Boren was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.[13]

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.”[14] 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.[14] Boren also voted in favor of the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act,[15] a bill that environmental groups said would drastically reduce the protections in the Endangered Species Act.[16] 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.[17]

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.[18]

LGBT issues[edit]

In April 2009, Boren voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.[19]

In addition, in late 2010 Boren was one of the few Democrats who did not support the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

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.[20] Later that month, he announced his opposition to the 2007 Iraq troop surge.[21]

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.[22]


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.[23] "

Political campaigns[edit]

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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%)[24] 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.[25]

Boren's fiscally conservative leanings fit with 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.[26] 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.[27]

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

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 and who formerly served as the University of Oklahoma's co-offensive coordinator. Dan and Andrea recently[when?] moved to Muskogee.

Dan and Andrea have a daughter, Janna Lou, born on October 9, 2007,[citation needed] and a son, Hunter Daniel, born September 23, 2010.[28]

Boren is a member of the United Methodist Church.[29][30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dan Boren Retiring: Oklahoma Congressman Won't Seek Another Term". Huffington Post. June 7, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dan Boren To Work For Chickasaw Nation When He Leaves Congress". NewsOn6.com. June 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Daniel David Boren". Rootsweb. 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014. [unreliable source?]
  4. ^ Thompson, Krissah (August 13, 2012). "Janna Ryan steps lightly into national spotlight". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  5. ^ "Blue Dog Coalition". House.gov. 2009-04-27. Archived from the original on June 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  6. ^ "Congressman confirmed as NRA board member". kten.com. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 887: Affordable Health Care for America Act". Office of the Clerk. November 7, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 165: Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act". Office of the Clerk. March 21, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Representative Dan Boren Weighs In On Health Care Vote". NewsOn6.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ a b "Text of H.R. 3 (112th): No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act". GovTrack. May 5, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ Capehart, Jonathan (February 1, 2011). "What is 'forcible rape' exactly?". Washington Post. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Berman, Russell (19 July 2011). "Five Blue Dogs join GOP in vote for 'cut, cap and balance' bill". The Hill. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
  14. ^ a b "LCVAF Names Rep. Dan Boren to 2006 'Dirty Dozen' List". League of Conservation Voters. September 21, 2006. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 506: Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act". Office of the Clerk. September 29, 2005. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ "The HR3 Ten: Meet Dan Boren (One Creepy Dude)". RH Reality Check. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  18. ^ Cappiello, Dina (3 March 2011). "4 Dems join GOP fight to block EPA climate rules". Washington Post. 
  19. ^ "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 223: Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act". Office of the Clerk. April 29, 2009. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  20. ^ Shailagh Murray; Jonathan Weisman (2007-07-15). "The Conservative Democrat: Dan Boren". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  21. ^ “”. "Iraq Troop Surge Debate : Dan Boren - Anti Surge". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  22. ^ ": Boren (OK02) : Press Release : Oklahoma Delegation Says No To Gauntanamo Detainee Relocation". House.gov. Retrieved 2010-08-23. 
  23. ^ Casteel, Chris (2011-06-07). "Oklahoma's U.S. Rep. Dan Boren won't seek re-election in 2012". News OK. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  24. ^ General Election Results - November 2, 2004
  25. ^ General Election Results - November 7, 2006
  26. ^ "Race Ratings: Boren's Exit Makes for Tossup". Roll Call. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  27. ^ "Presidential Results by Congressional District, 2000–2008". 30 December 2008. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  28. ^ Jim Myers, "Congressman announces birth of son", Tulsa World, September 23, 2010.
  29. ^ "Christine M. Boren's Obituary on Oklahoman". Oklahoman. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  30. ^ "Religion of Rep. Dan Boren, U.S. Congressman". www.adherents.com. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 

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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

Succeeded by
Markwayne Mullin