- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is delivering a farewell address to his colleagues in the U.S. Senate.

The state’s junior senator and a physician from Muskogee, the 66-year-old Republican became emotional Thursday while speaking to his fellow senators and members of the Senate staff.

In his farewell, Coburn stressed the importance of believing in the country and committing to the country’s founding documents and philosophies.

Coburn announced early this year that he was leaving the Senate at the end of the session in January, two years before the end of his scheduled term.

Coburn has been diagnosed with a recurrence of prostate cancer, but said his decision wasn’t because of his diagnosis.

Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond will replace Coburn in the Senate.

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