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Posted: 3:47 a.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008

Clem McSpadden Obituary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Former Oklahoma Congressman and famed rodeo announcer Clem McSpadden has died at age 82. McSpadden's nephew, Herb, says his uncle died last night after fighting cancer. McSpadden was a grand nephew of Will Rogers and served one term as a Democrat in the U.S. House after being elected in 1972. He also ran for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1974, losing to the general election's eventual winner, David Boren. McSpadden earlier served in the Oklahoma Senate from 1955 to 1972, including two terms as its president pro tem. After his political career, McSpadden called rodeos throughout North America, including the National Finals Rodeo, the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Finals Rodeo. He was inducted into both the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1990. As the general manager of the National Finals Rodeo, he hired Reba McEntire -- then a little-known country singer -- to perform at the event.