Job Dissatisfaction Prompts Okla. Rep. Boren to Leave Congress

Thursday, 08 Mar 2012 02:19 PM

By Dan Weil

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If only about 10 percent of your bosses approved of your work, and many of the perks of your position were taken away, you might not enjoy your job so much. That’s pretty much how it’s going for congressmen these days, Politico reports.

They get little done on the policy front, the public despises them, and little bonuses like free food and private jet flights are out. That’s why many have decided to retire, they say.

Rep. Dan Boren, a four-term Oklahoma Democrat, is hanging it up at the ripe young age of 39. He says may go back to Arizona and work in real estate or energy development.

“If you go through all the things you have to do to get elected, and you feel at the end of the day you’re not pushing the ball forward, it’s time to go do something else,” he told Politico while eating at one of his regular lunch spots, T.G.I. Friday’s in Terminal C of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

“I’m used to being a player,” the moderate Democrat said. “You want to get things done for your constituents. If you can’t ever become speaker or a committee chairman, why are you doing it?”



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