Tom Cole

Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA's 4th DISTRICT

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Rep. Cole Questions in House Budget Committee

2016-09-21 20:50:25


Rep. Cole: "This is a sacred responsibility"

2016-09-13 19:33:26


Rep. Cole: "This puts the money where it belongs"

2016-09-07 17:13:06


Rep. Cole Presents LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee Bill for FY 17

2016-07-14 21:30:42


Rep. Cole: "Possibility of litigation chills economic & infrastructure development:

2016-07-13 18:39:18


Rep. Cole Presents Opening Remarks for LHHS Subcommittee Markup for FY 17

2016-07-07 19:33:51


Rep. Cole: "There's lots of people on that list"

2016-07-05 20:21:06


Rep. Cole: "We did the things that we were scheduled to do"

2016-06-25 18:26:06


Rep. Cole on Supreme Court Immigration Ruling

2016-06-25 18:03:01


Rep. Cole: "Partial solution to a vexing problem"

2016-06-16 16:56:16


Rep. Cole supports Aderholt amendment in Interior Appropriations bill markup

2016-06-16 16:49:04


Rep. Cole: "Books have always been a big part of my life"

2016-06-15 20:33:31


Rep. Cole on Zika: "Nothing left undone for lack of money"

2016-06-10 14:21:04


Rep. Cole praises Sooner Women's Softball on World Series victory

2016-06-10 14:10:38


Rep. Cole on Puerto Rico intervention bill

2016-06-10 14:01:09


Rep. Cole supports Legislation Branch Appropriations for FY17 in Rules

2016-06-10 13:53:29


Rep. Cole: "Changing rules in middle of the game is un-American"

2016-06-07 23:13:08


Rep. Cole responds to Speaker Ryan backing Donald Trump

2016-06-03 13:41:49


Rep. Cole on Zika funding: "Differences are in whether we pay for it"

2016-05-26 21:02:33


Rep. Cole on Zika: "To suggest failure of funding is simply not true"

2016-05-26 21:06:14


Contact Information

2458 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone 202-225-6165
Fax 202-225-3512
cole.house.gov

Committee Assignments

Budget

Appropriations

Rules

Currently serving in his seventh 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 the “Five Freshmen to Watch” by Roll Call at the outset of his congressional career.

Since 2009, Cole has served on the powerfulHouse Appropriations Committee, where he is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-Education); he is also assigned to the Subcommittees on Defense and Interior.

For the third consecutive Congress, Cole was reappointed to the House Budget Committee in 2015 as one of the three members of the majority party who also sits on the Appropriations Committee. He is currently considered the Senior Appropriator on the panel.

In 2013, Cole was appointed to serve on the House Rules Committee. In addition, Congressman Cole serves as a Deputy Whip for the Republican Conference and is a member of the Republican Steering Committee.

In October 2013, he was appointed by Speaker Boehner and Budget Chairman Paul Ryan to serve as one of four House Republicans on a House-Senate joint budget conference committee that negotiated a bipartisan budget deal for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

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 19,1995.

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 CHS & Associates, a nationally recognized political consulting and survey research firm based in Oklahoma City. The firm has been named one of the top 20 in its field and has literally 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 serves on the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents, as well as the national board of the Fulbright Association. He is also a member of the Congressional Advisory Board to the Aspen Institute.

Tom Cole is a fifth generation Oklahoman and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He is currently one of the only Native Americans serving in Congress. He was awarded the Congressional Leadership award by the National Congress of American Indians in 2007 and 2011 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 the Mayor of Moore in her native state of Oklahoma. Cole’s late father, John, served 20 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.


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OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

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