Oklahoma: Life Begins at 37

"I doubt that I'll ever seek public office again," Oklahoma's Democratic Governor J. Howard Edmondson sourly told a reporter. "I've had enough." But that was several months ago. Last week Edmondson, 37, showed just how completely he had changed his mind. Only eight days before he was to give way to the first Republican Governor in Oklahoma history, Edmondson resigned from office, had his lieutenant governor name him to the U.S. Senate vacancy caused by the death of Robert Kerr.

In his four years as Governor, Edmondson managed to become about as...

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