1949 – He was born on the 28th day of April this year in Shreveport, Louisiana, but raised in Moore, Oklahoma.
1971 – He graduated from Grinnell College this year with a BA in History.
1974 – He obtained his MA from Yale University.
1984 – He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma this year, both in British History.
1988 – He served in the Oklahoma Senate from this year until 1991 as a Republican, resigning mid-term to accept a job in Washington.
1995 – From this year until 1999, he was the Secretary of State of Oklahoma under Frank Keating, and assisted with the recovery efforts following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He has also served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party.
2002 - During his initial campaign for the House of Representatives in this year, Cole received the endorsement of Watts, the popular outgoing congressman.
2004 – He subsequently won easy re-election campaigns this year and the year 2006.
2007 – He was a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and is the only registered Native American in Congress.
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