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U.S. Congressman Hired by Chickasaw Nation

WASHINGTON – A United States congressman is resigning to work for an Indian nation.

Rep. Dan Boren, D-Oklahoma, announced in a press release on June 19 that he’s been hired as president of corporate development with the Chickasaw Nation, based in his home state. As part of the job, he’ll try to grow the tribe’s economy through new endeavors and by leading current businesses.

Boren decided last year not to run for a fifth term in the U.S. Congress.

"It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of eastern Oklahoma in the U.S. House of Representatives the past eight years. Andrea and I are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to helping build a stronger economic future for the Chickasaw Nation," Boren said in the statement.

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"During my time in Congress, my two highest priorities were promoting job creation through sound business policy and being a trusted advocate for Indian country.”

Boren thanked Chickasaw Governor Bill Anoatubby for hiring him. “The governor has been a transformational leader of the Chickasaw Nation, and that leadership has meant a better future for Oklahoma,” the legislator said.

Anoatubby returned the praise, saying in the statement, "We are pleased to have someone of Dan's caliber join the team within the Commerce Division of the Chickasaw Nation.” The tribal leader added that his tribe has "enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Congressman Boren for many years."

Given the development, Boren decided to resign from his congressional appointment as ranking member of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. He also said he will recuse himself from any votes that impact the Chickasaw Nation while he still serves in Congress.