OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Sen. Tom Coburn has announced he will resign at the end of the current session of Congress, nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end.
The decision comes just months after the two-term Republican senator was diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer, but the 65-year-old said in a statement late Thursday that his health wasn't the reason.
Coburn was supposed to serve through 2016. Instead, he'll step down in January 2015. He had already vowed not to seek a third term.
He says that he'll finish the year strong.
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