|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Oklahoma's 2nd district
January 3, 2005 - January 3, 2013
|Member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives|
from the 28th district
November 2002 - November 2004
Daniel David Boren
August 2, 1973
Shawnee, Oklahoma, U.S.
Janna Lou Little
|Relatives||Lyle Boren (Grandfather)|
Molly Shi Boren (Stepmother)
|Education||Texas Christian University (BS)|
University of Oklahoma (MBA)
Daniel David Boren (born August 2, 1973) 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.
Boren announced on June 7, 2011, that he would not seek re-election to the House in 2012. 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.
His paternal grandfather, Lyle Boren, served in the U.S. Congress, representing southeastern Oklahoma (Oklahoma's 4th congressional district) from 1937-47. 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.
Boren served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004, representing the 28th House District.
Boren, as of the 111th Congress, was a member of the following committees:
In November 2009, Boren voted along with 39 other Democrats against the Affordable Health Care for America Act. Boren also voted against the final bill, in March. He said "only 17 percent of my constituents supported the bill." In January 2011, Boren was one of 3 Democrats to vote with the unified Republican caucus for its repeal.
In 2011, he co-sponsored HR 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, The bill contained an exception for "forcible rape," which opponents criticized as potentially excluding drug-facilitated rape, date rape, and other forms of rape. The bill allowed an exception for minors who are victims of incest.
In July 2011, Boren was one of five Democrats to vote for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.
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." 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.
Boren voted in favor of the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, a bill that environmental groups said would drastically reduce the protections in the Endangered Species Act. 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.
In April 2009, Boren voted against the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
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."
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%) 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.
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. 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.
|Dan Boren||Democratic Party||108,203||56.52%|
|Charles Thompson||Republican Party||83,266||43.48%|
|Source: 2010 General Election Results|
|Dan Boren||Democratic Party||66,439||75.55%|
|Jim Wilson||Democratic Party||21,496||24.45%|
|Source: 2010 Primary Election Results|
|Dan Boren||Democratic Party||173,757||70.47%|
|Raymond Wickson||Republican Party||72,815||29.53%|
|Source: 2008 Election Results|
|Dan Boren||Democratic Party||122,347||72.74%|
|Patrick K. Miller||Republican Party||45,861||27.26%|
|Source: 2006 Election Results|
|Dan Boren||Democratic Party||179,579||65.89%|
|Wayland Smalley||Republican Party||92,963||34.11%|
|Source: 2004 Election Results|
After leaving Congress in 2013, Boren began work as President of Corporate Development for the Chickasaw Nation. He held this position until October 2019, when he was named Chief Banking Officer and Oklahoma President of First United Bank, one of the largest banking institutions in the Southwest.
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 Muskogee. The couple has two children.