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Boren served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004. 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 for an unsuccessful bid 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. He was one of only two politicians endorsed by country singer Toby Keith, the other being President George W. Bush. He is the son of University of Oklahoma President and former Governor and former US Senator David Boren. His grandfather, Lyle Boren, represented southeastern Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress from 1937 to 1947.
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