Jim InhofeJim Inhofe

Current Position: US Senator since 1995
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1987 – 1994; Mayor of Tulsa from 1978 – 1984; State Senator from 1969 – 1977

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Oklahoma’s Inhofe requesting federal funds for rural hospital
KNWA, Dalton FlippoAugust 19, 2021 (Short)

STILWELL, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Senator Jim Inhofe has requested $720,000 in federal funds to buy two, brand new ambulances to serve patients of Stilwell Memorial Hospital.

Representatives from Inhofe’s office, the hospital and other community leaders gathered to announce the funding request at an event Thursday morning.

OSDH: 52 pediatric cases hospitalized in Oklahoma for COVID-19
“At the end of the day, Jim Inhofe is extremely concerned about rural healthcare, it’s one of his top priorities,” says Chief of Staff to Senator Inhofe Luke Holland. “So when he learned there was a shortage of ambulances here in Adair County, he wanted to do whatever he could to help.”

In addition, The Carson Foundation has already committed to buying a third ambulance for Adair County if federal funds cover the first two.

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Current Position: US Senator since 1995
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 US Senator
Former Position(s): US Representative from 1987 – 1994; Mayor of Tulsa from 1978 – 1984; State Senator from 1969 – 1977

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Last year, the Federal Communications Commission approved an application by Ligado Networks to repurpose federal spectrum in a way that will drastically interfere with GPS and satellite communications, resulting in devastating effects for every American.

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Oklahoma’s Inhofe requesting federal funds for rural hospital
KNWA, Dalton FlippoAugust 19, 2021 (Short)

STILWELL, Okla. (KNWA/KFTA) — Senator Jim Inhofe has requested $720,000 in federal funds to buy two, brand new ambulances to serve patients of Stilwell Memorial Hospital.

Representatives from Inhofe’s office, the hospital and other community leaders gathered to announce the funding request at an event Thursday morning.

OSDH: 52 pediatric cases hospitalized in Oklahoma for COVID-19
“At the end of the day, Jim Inhofe is extremely concerned about rural healthcare, it’s one of his top priorities,” says Chief of Staff to Senator Inhofe Luke Holland. “So when he learned there was a shortage of ambulances here in Adair County, he wanted to do whatever he could to help.”

In addition, The Carson Foundation has already committed to buying a third ambulance for Adair County if federal funds cover the first two.

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Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. Inhofe is a proud Oklahoman and long-time resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

While our country is in the most threatened position in American history, Sen. Inhofe remains committed to rebuilding our military from the readiness crisis and addressing the growing threats from our enemies. As the Chairman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, he plays a key role in ensuring that our military has the best equipment, training and resources necessary to meet our nation’s diverse security challenges.

Widely regarded by his peers and military leadership as a long time and staunch supporter of our men and women in uniform, he believes that protecting our country is the first function of the federal government, as dictated by the United States Constitution.

A champion of long-term reform of the Defense Department to become more efficient and effective, he has focused on streamlining the acquisition process to avoid more false-starts on modernization programs. He has pushed the military and the defense industrial base to invest in research and development to validate requirements early while simplifying and shortening the process. He has worked relentlessly to deliver the best equipment to our service members, while making sure taxpayers get the best value for their money. Recently he received the Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association for his commitment to raising public awareness of the needs of our military and defense communities.

Sen. Inhofe has a long history of public service, beginning with his service in the U.S. Army to his current role in the United States Senate. He has a well-deserved reputation as an unabashed conservative who gets things done. He is a strong advocate for the Right to Life, adoption, and other common sense Oklahoma values, including less government, fewer regulation, lower tax rates, fiscal responsibility, the 2nd Amendment and a strong national defense.

In addition to his role on Armed Services, Sen. Inhofe is also a member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, the Commerce Committee and the Small Business Committee.

As the senior member on the Committee on Environment and Public Works, Sen. Inhofe is a committed supporter of our infrastructure. Inhofe believes one of the inherent roles of government is to provide for a safe and suitable infrastructure to allow our nation access to transportation and fully connect our national economy. In addition to providing for the national defense, he believes the single greatest service we can provide our citizens is the necessary infrastructure to enable the United States to remain the economic engine that drives the world’s economy.

Throughout his time in Washington, D.C. Inhofe has worked toward policies that encourage the U.S. to meet its energy needs domestically. He has worked tirelessly to cut through the red tape on unnecessary and burdensome regulations within the oil and gas industry. One of his greatest achievements to date began in 1999, when Inhofe introduced a bill to give states the freedom to make their own decisions about oil and natural gas regulatory structures, including those concerning hydraulic fracturing. The bill was incorporated in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and provided the regulatory certainty necessary for the shale boom to establish the United States as the global leader in oil and gas production.

The latest battle on fossil fuels was won with the election of President Trump, but the war is still being waged by environmental activists around the country and Sen. Inhofe continues to defend an industry that employs millions of Americans, provides more than a trillion dollars to our economy and helps Americans get to work, heat their homes and cook their meals. With the foundation Sen. Inhofe built and a President who understand the fossil fuel industry, the United States is working to pave a course toward energy dominance.

As member of the Senate Small Business Committee, Sen. Inhofe regularly visits with Chambers of Commerce across Oklahoma. Every community says the same thing: they need relief from overregulation and more support for small businesses. He is an outspoken advocate in Congress for pro-growth policies that allow businesses in Oklahoma and around the country to succeed. In addition, he has worked to ensure family-owned businesses of all types are treated the same under the tax code.

An avid pilot with over 11,000 flight hours, Inhofe became the only member of Congress to fly an airplane around the world when he recreated Wiley Post’s legendary trip around the globe. He is a tireless advocate for aviation professionals.

Prior to serving the people of Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Inhofe served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Oklahoma House and Senate and as Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jim and his wife, Kay, have been married 59 years and have 20 kids and grandchildren.

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Work Experience

  • Served
    U.S. Army
    1957 to 1958
  • Member
    Oklahoma House of Representatives
    1967 to 1969
  • Member
    Oklahoma State Senate
    1969 to 1977
  • Mayor of Tulsa
    1978 to 1984
  • Member
    United States House of Representatives
    1987 to 1994

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Personal

Birth Year: 1934
Place of Birth: Des Moines, IA
Gender: Male
Race(s): Caucasian
Religion: Christian: Presbyterian
Spouse: Kay Inhofe

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Washington D.C. Office
205 Russell Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4721
Fax: (202) 228-0380

Tulsa Office
1924 S. Utica Ave. #530
Tulsa, OK 74104
Phone: (918) 748-5111
Fax: (918) 748-5119

Oklahoma City Office
3817 NW Expressway #780
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone: (405) 208-8841
Fax: (405) 604-0917

McAlester Office
215 E. Choctaw Ave. #106
McAlester, OK 74501
Phone: (918) 426-0933
Fax: (918) 426-0935

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302 N. Independence #104
Enid, OK 73701
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James Mountain Inhofe (/ˈɪnhɒf/ INN-hoff; born November 17, 1934) is an American businessman and politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Oklahoma, a seat he was first elected to in 1994. A member of the Republican Party, he chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 to 2017. Inhofe served as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district from 1987 to 1994 and as mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984.

Inhofe is known for his rejection of climate science.[2] He has supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage[3] and has proposed the Inhofe Amendment to make English the national language of the United States.[4] He is a strong supporter of the Polisario Front.[5]

Inhofe served as acting chairman of the Armed Services Committee while John McCain fought cancer in 2018. After McCain’s death, he became chairman.[6]

On July 15, 2021, Inhofe told Tulsa World he planned to retire at the end of his current term, in 2027.[7]

Early life, education, and business career

Inhofe was born in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Blanche (née Mountain) and Perry Dyson Inhofe.[8] He moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a child. He was a member of the Class of 1953 at Tulsa Central High School,[9] and served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1958.[10] Inhofe received a B.A. in economics from the University of Tulsa in 1973.[11] Until his 1994 campaign for the U.S. Senate, Inhofe’s official biographies and news articles about him indicated that he had graduated in 1959.[11] Inhofe initially denied the stories that uncovered the discrepancy,[11] but later acknowledged them.[12] After admitting that the stories were true, Inhofe explained that he had been allowed to take part in graduation ceremonies in 1959 though he was a few credits short of completing his degree, and did not finish his coursework until 1973.[12]

Inhofe worked as a businessman for 30 years before becoming a full-time politician.[13] He worked in aviation, as a real estate developer, and in insurance, eventually becoming the president of . During his curatorship, the company went into receivership; it was liquidated in 1986.[14]

Early political career

Inhofe greeting President Ronald Reagan in 1982

State legislature

Inhofe became active in Oklahoma Republican politics in the mid-1960s. He was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1967 to 1969, and a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 1969 until 1977, the last four of those years as minority leader.

1974 gubernatorial election

In 1974, he ran for governor of Oklahoma. In October 1974, then President Gerald Ford visited Oklahoma to campaign for him.[15][16] A late October poll by the Daily Oklahoman showed Boren leading 74%–25%.[17] He lost to Democratic State Representative David Boren 64%–36%. Inhofe won only four counties in the election.[18] He lost 57 pounds during the campaign and was down to 148 pounds.[19]

1976 congressional election

In 1976 Inhofe ran for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district. In the Republican primary, he defeated State Senator Frank Keating and Mary Warner, 67%–25%–8%.[20] In the general election, he lost to incumbent Democrat James R. Jones, 54%–45%.[21]

Mayor of Tulsa

In 1978 Inhofe was elected mayor of Tulsa, defeating Democrat Rodger Randle, 51%–46%.[22] In 1980 he won reelection unopposed[23] and in 1982 he was reelected with 59% of the vote.[24]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

In 1986, when Representative Jones decided to retire to run for the U.S. Senate, Inhofe ran for the 1st District and won the Republican primary with 54%.[25] In the general election, he defeated Democrat Gary Allison 55%–43%.[26] In 1988 he won reelection against Democrat Kurt Glassco, Governor George Nigh‘s legal counsel, 53%–47%.[27] In 1990 he defeated Glassco again, 56%–44%.[28] After redistricting, the 1st District contained only two counties, all of Tulsa and some parts of Wagoner. In 1992 Inhofe was reelected with 53% of the vote.[29]

Tenure

In 1987 Inhofe voted against President Ronald Reagan‘s budget, which included tax increases and no increase in defense spending.[30]

He first came to national attention in 1993, when he led the effort to reform the House’s discharge petition rule, which the House leadership had long used to bottle up bills in committee.

U.S. Senate

Inhofe meeting with Neil Gorsuch in March 2017.

Elections

In 1994, incumbent Senator David Boren, who had been serving in the Senate since 1979, agreed to become president of the University of Oklahoma and announced he would resign as soon as a successor was elected. Inhofe was elected Boren’s successor in an election cycle that saw the Republican Party take both houses of Congress and the Oklahoma governorship (the latter for only the third time in state history). Inhofe took office on November 16, giving him more seniority than the incoming class of senators. After serving the last two years of Boren’s term, he won his first full term in 1996. He was reelected in 2002, 2008, 2014, and 2020.

Inhofe does not plan to seek reelection in 2026.[7]

Tenure

Fundraising

In the 2008 election cycle, Inhofe’s largest campaign donors represented the oil and gas ($446,900 in donations), leadership PACs ($316,720) and electric utilities ($221,654) industries/categories.[31][32]
In 2010, his largest donors represented the oil and gas ($429,950) and electric ($206,654) utilities.[33]

Inhofe meeting with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, February 11, 2021.

The primary PACs donating to his campaigns were Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association ($55,869), United Parcel Service ($51,850), National Association of Realtors ($51,700), National Rifle Association ($51,050) and American Medical Association ($51,000). Additionally, if company-sponsored PACs were combined with employee contributions, Koch Industries would be Inhofe’s largest contributor, with $90,950 (less than 0.6% of total contributions), according to the Center for Responsive Politics.[32][34][undue weight? ]

Armed Services Committee

Inhofe shakes hands with Vice Admiral Michael M. Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, before his confirmation hearing for the position of Chief of Naval Operations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2019.

As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Inhofe was among the panelists questioning witnesses about the 2004 Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse, saying he was “outraged by the outrage” over the revelations of abuse. Although he believed that the individuals responsible for mistreating prisoners should be punished, he said that the prisoners “are not there for traffic violations … they’re murderers, they’re terrorists, they’re insurgents“.[35][36] In 2006, Inhofe was one of only nine senators to vote against the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, which prohibits “cruel, inhuman or degrading” treatment of individuals in U.S. Government custody.[37][38]

When chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain was absent seeking medical treatment for brain cancer from December 2017, Inhofe became acting chairman of the committee. During this time, Inhofe helped secure the passage of the record $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.[39][40] McCain died in August 2018, and Inhofe lauded him as his “hero”.
Inhofe also said that McCain was “partially to blame for” the White House’s controversial decision to raise flags back to full mast after less than two days, as McCain previously “disagreed with the President in certain areas and wasn’t too courteous about it”.[41]

On March 6, 2019, Inhofe said he intends to put language in the next defense authorization act to reinforce Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement and reintroduce severe sanctions on Tehran.[42]

Committee assignments

CODEL James Inhofe during a visit to Kiev, Ukraine, October 27–28, 2014

Inhofe, as of the 115th Congress, is a member of the following committees:

Caucus memberships

  • International Conservation Caucus
  • Senate Army Caucus
  • Senate Diabetes Caucus
  • Senate General Aviation Caucus
  • Senate Rural Health Caucus
  • Senate Tourism Caucus
  • Sportsmen’s Caucus

Ideology and opinions

Inhofe was ranked the most conservative member of Congress on the 2017 GovTrack report card.[43] He received the same ranking for 2018.[44] For 2019, he was ranked as the fifth-most conservative member of the U.S. Senate with a score of 0.91 out of 1, behind Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Mike Braun (R-IN), and Ted Cruz (R-TX).[45]

Environmental issues

Early years; 2003 Chair of Environment and Public Works committee

Before the Republicans regained control of the Senate in the November 2002 elections, Inhofe had compared the United States Environmental Protection Agency to a Gestapo bureaucracy,[46][47] and EPA Administrator Carol Browner to Tokyo Rose.[48] In January 2003, he became Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and continued challenging mainstream science in favor of what he called “sound science”, in accordance with the Luntz memo.[47]

Climate change denial

Since 2003, when he was first elected Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Inhofe has been the foremost Republican promoting arguments for climate change denial. He famously claimed in the Senate that global warming is a hoax, invited contrarians to testify in Committee hearings, and spread his views via the Committee website run by Marc Morano as well as through his access to conservative media.[49][2] In 2012, Inhofe’s The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future was published by WorldNetDaily Books, presenting his global warming conspiracy theory.[50] He has said that, because “God’s still up there”, the “arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous”,[51][52][53] but also that he appreciates that this argument is unpersuasive, and that he has “never pointed to Scriptures in a debate, because I know this would discredit me.”

As Environment and Public Works chairman, Inhofe gave a two-hour Senate floor speech on July 28, 2003, in the context of discussions on the McCain-Lieberman Bill.[54] He said he was “going to expose the most powerful, most highly financed lobby in Washington, the far left environmental extremists”, and laid out in detail his opposition to attribution of recent climate change to humans, using the word “hoax” four times, including the statement that he had “offered compelling evidence that catastrophic global warming is a hoax” and his conclusion that “manmade global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”.[55][56] He supported what he called “sound science”, citing contrarian scientists such as Patrick Michaels, Fred Singer, Richard Lindzen and Sallie Baliunas as well as some mainstream scientists. Two of these, Tom Wigley and Stephen Schneider, later issued statements that Inhofe had misrepresented their work.[56][57]

On July 29, the day after his Senate speech, Inhofe chaired an Environment and Public Works hearing with contrarian views represented by Baliunas and David Legates, and praised their “1,000-year climate study”, then involved in the Soon and Baliunas controversy, as “a powerful new work of science”. Against them, Michael E. Mann defended mainstream science and specifically his work on reconstructions (the hockey stick graph) that they and the Bush administration disputed.[54][58] During the hearing Senator Jim Jeffords read out an email from Hans von Storch saying he had resigned as editor-in-chief of the journal that published the Soon and Baliunas paper, as the peer review had “failed to detect significant methodological flaws in the paper” and the critique by Mann and colleagues was valid.[58][59]

In a continuation of these themes, Inhofe had a 20-page brochure published under the Seal of the United States Senate reiterating his “hoax” statement and comparing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to a “Soviet style trial”. In a section headed “The IPCC Plays Hockey” he attacked what he called “Mann’s flawed, limited research.”[60][61] The brochure restated themes from Inhofe’s Senate speech, and in December 2003 he distributed copies of it in Milan at a meeting about the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where he met “green activists” with posters quoting him as saying that global warming “is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people”. He signed a poster for them,[47] and thanked them for quoting him correctly. In an October 2004 Senate speech he said, “Global warming is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people. It was true when I said it before, and it remains true today. Perhaps what has made this hoax so effective is that we hear over and over that the science is settled and there is a consensus that, unless we fundamentally change our way of life by limiting greenhouse gas emissions, we will cause catastrophic global warming. This is simply a false statement.”[60][62] In January 2005 Inhofe told Bloomberg News that global warming was “the second-largest hoax ever played on the American people, after the separation of church and state“, and that carbon dioxide would not be restricted by the Clear Skies Act of 2003.[63][64][65] In a Senate Floor “update”, he extended his argument against Mann’s work by extensively citing Michael Crichton‘s fictional thriller State of Fear, mistakenly describing Crichton as a “scientist”.[66][67] On August 28, 2005, at Inhofe’s invitation, Crichton appeared as an expert witness at a hearing on climate change, disputing Mann’s work.[60]

In his 2006 book The Republican War on Science, Chris Mooney wrote that Inhofe “politicizes and misuses the science of climate change“.[68]

During a July 2006 heat wave Inhofe said that the environmentalist movement reminded him of “the Third Reich, the Big Lie“: “You say something over and over and over and over again, and people will believe it, and that’s their strategy.”[65][69]
In a September 2006 Senate speech Inhofe argued that the threat of global warming was exaggerated by “the media, Hollywood elites and our pop culture”. He said that in the 1960s the media had switched from warning of global warming to warning of global cooling and a coming ice age, then in the 1970s had returned to warming to promote “climate change fears”.[70] In February 2007 he told Fox News that mainstream science increasingly attributed climate change to natural causes, and only “those individuals on the far left, such as Hollywood liberals and the United Nations”, disagreed.[71]

In 2006 Inhofe introduced Senate Amendment 4682 with Kit Bond (R-MO), which would have modified oversight responsibility of the Army Corps of Engineers. The League of Conservation Voters, an environmentalist group, said analyses for corps projects “have been manipulated to favor large-scale projects that harm the environment.”[72] During the 109th Congress Inhofe voted to increase offshore oil drilling, to include provisions for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the House Budget Amendment, and to deny funding for both low-income energy assistance and environmental stewardship, citing heavy costs and unproven programs.[72]

In May 2009 Inhofe gave support to the idea that black carbon is a significant contributor to global warming.[73]

Inhofe has received monies from the fossil fuel industry. For example: “Exxon‘s beneficiaries in Congress include the Oklahoma senator Jim Inhofe, who called global warming a hoax, and who has received $20,500 since 2007, according to the Dirty Energy Money database maintained by Oil Change International.”[74][75]

Climatic Research Unit email controversy

On November 23, 2009, as the Climatic Research Unit email controversy emerged, Inhofe said the emails confirmed his view that scientists were “cooking the science”.[76][77] On December 7 on the CNN program The Situation Room, Inhofe said that the emails showed that the science behind climate change “has been pretty well debunked”; the fact checking organization PolitiFact concluded that Inhofe’s statement was false.[78] On the same day, Inhofe said he would lead a three-man “truth squad” consisting of himself and fellow senators Roger Wicker and John Barrasso to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Inhofe was unable to secure meetings with any negotiators or delegations to the conference and only met with a small group of reporters.[79][80][81][82] The minority group of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works prepared a report on “the CRU Controversy”, published in February 2010, which listed as “Key Players” 17 scientists including Mann and Phil Jones. Inhofe said it showed that the controversy was “about unethical and potentially illegal behavior by some of the world’s leading climate scientists.”[83][84] On May 26 Inhofe formally requested that the Inspector General of the United States Department of Commerce investigate how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) had dealt with the emails, and whether the emails showed any wrongdoing; it found no major issues or inappropriate actions.[85][86]

Global warming temperatures

In July 2010 Inhofe said, “I don’t think that anyone disagrees with the fact that we actually are in a cold period that started about nine years ago. Now, that’s not me talking, those are the scientists that say that.” The Union of Concerned Scientists said that Inhofe was wrong, pointing to a NOAA report indicating that the summer of 2010 had so far been the hottest on record since 1880. Inhofe added, “People on the other side of this argument back in January, they said, ‘Inhofe, it has nothing to do with today’s or this month or next month. We’re looking at a long period of time. We go into twenty year periods.’”[87][88][89]

During a House committee hearing in 2011, Inhofe testified, “I have to admit—and, you know, confession is good for the soul … I, too, once thought that catastrophic global warming was caused by anthropogenic gases—because everyone said it was.”[90] Under questioning from committee member Jay Inslee, Inhofe dismissed the notion that he was less knowledgeable than climate scientists, saying that he’d already given “five speeches on the science.”[90]

2015: Chair of Environment and Public Works committee

Inhofe holding a snowball on the U.S. Senate floor.

On January 21, 2015, Inhofe returned to chairing the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works as part of a new Republican majority in the Senate. In response to NOAA and NASA reports that 2014 had been the warmest year globally in the temperature record, he said, “we had the coldest in the western hemisphere in the same time frame”, and attributed changes to a 30-year cycle, not human activities.[91] In a debate on the same day about a bill for the Keystone XL pipeline, Inhofe endorsed an amendment proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, “Climate change is real and not a hoax”, which passed 98–1. Inhofe clarified his view that “Climate is changing and climate has always changed and always will. There is archaeological evidence of that, there is biblical evidence of that, there is historical evidence of that”, but added, “there are some people who are so arrogant to think they are so powerful they can change climate.”[92]

On February 26, 2015, Inhofe brought a snowball to the Senate floor and tossed it before delivering remarks in which he said that environmentalists keep talking about global warming even though it keeps getting cold.[93]

Hydraulic fracturing

On March 19, 2015, Inhofe introduced S.828, “The Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands (FRESH) Act.” The bill would transfer regulatory power over hydraulic fracturing from the federal government to state governments. In his announcement of the bill, Inhofe said that hydraulic fracturing has never contaminated ground water in Oklahoma.[94] The U.S. senators from seven states (Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota and Texas) cosponsored the bill.[95]

Paris Agreement

Inhofe co-authored and was one of 22 senators to sign a letter[96] to President Donald Trump urging him to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Inhofe has received over $529,000 from the oil and gas industry since 2012.[97]

Political positions and controversies

Foreign policy

Israel Anti-Boycott Act

In October 2017, Inhofe co-sponsored the Israel Anti-Boycott Act (s. 720), which made it a federal crime for Americans to encourage or participate in boycotts against Israel and Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories if protesting actions by the Israeli government.[98][99]

Western Sahara

Inhofe has long supported the Polisario Front and has traveled to Algeria many times to meet with its leaders.[5][100] He has urged Morocco to hold a referendum on Western Saharan independence. In 2017, Inhofe blocked the Trump administration’s nomination of J. Peter Pham for Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, citing a disagreement over Western Sahara.[101]

After the December 2020 Israel–Morocco normalization agreement, Inhofe sharply criticized the Trump administration for recognizing Morocco‘s claim over Western Sahara, calling the decision “shocking and deeply disappointing” and adding that he was “saddened that the rights of the Western Sahara people have been traded away”.[102]

War in Afghanistan

Inhofe opposed the 2021 withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan under President Biden, saying that Biden should maintain “a relatively small troop presence until the conditions outlined in the 2020 U.S.-Taliban Agreement are fully implemented.”[103]

Immigration

Inhofe wrote the Inhofe Amendment to the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006, which was debated in Congress in May 2006. The amendment would make English the national language of the United States and require that new citizens take an English proficiency test. The amendment was passed on May 18, 2006, with 32 Democrats, one independent, and one Republican dissenting. The measure had 11 cosponsors, including one Democrat.[104]

Social issues

Gun policy

In the aftermath of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, Inhofe blamed the “culture of sanctuary cities” for the shootings.[105]

LGBT rights

Inhofe pointing at a large photograph of his family, proclaiming none have been divorced or LGBT

Inhofe has generally been seen as overtly hostile by LGBT advocacy groups, earning a 0% in every one of his terms on Human Rights Campaign‘s position scorecard.[106] Inhofe is in favor of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, against adding sexual orientation to the definition of hate crimes, and voted against prohibiting job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.[107] Inhofe’s office has said he “does not hire openly gay staffers due to the possibility of a conflict of agenda.”[108]

Inhofe campaigned for his Senate seat in 1994 using the phrase “God, guns, and gays.”[109][110] In 2008, his campaign was noted by the Associated Press for running an ad with “anti-gay overtones” featuring a wedding cake with two male figures on top, fading into his opponent’s face.[111]

In 1999, along with Republican colleagues Tim Hutchinson and Bob Smith, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Inhofe stalled the nomination of James Hormel, a gay man, as US Ambassador to Luxembourg for over 20 months specifically because of Hormel’s sexual orientation.[112] President Bill Clinton eventually appointed him in a recess appointment, making him the United States’ first openly gay ambassador in June 1999, and angering Inhofe, who held up seven more Clinton appointees in retaliation.[113][114]

Racial and gender civil rights

In 1995, Inhofe voted to ban affirmative action hiring with federal funds.[115] In 1997, he voted to end special funding for minority- and women-owned businesses. The bill he voted for would have abolished a program that helps businesses owned by women and minorities to compete for federally funded transportation; it did not pass.[116] The next year, Inhofe voted to repeal the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program,[117] which is designed to “remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally-assisted highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance transportation contracting markets nationwide” by allocating 10% of highway funds to benefit the business enterprises of racial minorities and women.[118]

Overall, in 2002, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rated Inhofe at 20%, indicating that he has an anti-racial civil rights record.[119] Four years later, on December 31, 2006, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) rated Inhofe at 7%, indicating that he has an anti-civil rights and anti-affirmative action record.[120]

Privacy

In 2001, Inhofe voted to loosen restrictions on cell phone wiretapping.[121] The bill, which passed, removed the requirement that a person or party implementing an order to wiretap a private citizen’s cellphone must ascertain that the target of the surveillance is present in the house or using the phone that has been tapped.[122]

Free speech and expression

In 1995, Inhofe co-sponsored a constitutional amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would give Congress and individual U.S. states the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. The bill’s primary sponsor was Orrin Hatch (R-UT).[123]

GI Bill reform

Inhofe (left) shakes hands with Navy Vice Admiral Michael M. Gilday while chairing the House Armed Services Committee in 2019

Inhofe, an initial sponsor of Senator Jim Webb‘s Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, subsequently withdrew support for this bill to support S 2938, a competing bill that would have provided benefits beyond those offered in Webb’s bill.[124] But he voted to enact Webb’s legislation in June 2008.[125]

Inhofe agreed to support legislation allowing military mental health specialists to talk with veterans about private firearms in an effort to reduce suicides.[126]

Economic issues

Aviation

Trained by the U.S. Navy, Inhofe is one of the few members of Congress holding a Commercial Airman certificate. In 1994, when he first ran for the U.S. Senate, he used his plane as a daily campaign vehicle to travel throughout Oklahoma and visit almost every town in the state.[127] He has been influential in Senate and Congressional debates involving aircraft regulation.[128]

Taxpayer-funded travel

Inhofe has said that he has made over 140 trips to Africa over about 20 years and helped to get United States Africa Command established.[129] He has made multiple foreign trips, especially to Africa, on missions that he described as “a Jesus thing” and that were paid for by the U.S. government. He has used these trips for activities on behalf of The Fellowship, a Christian organization.[130] Inhofe has said that his trips included some governmental work but also involved “the political philosophy of Jesus, something that had been put together by Doug Coe, the leader of The Fellowship … It’s all scripturally based.” Inhofe used his access as a Senator to pursue religious goals.[131]

Federal disaster relief

Inhofe has consistently voted against federal disaster relief, most notably in the case of relief for the 24 states affected by Hurricane Sandy,[132] but argued for federal aid when natural disasters hit Oklahoma.[133] In defense of his decision to vote against a relief fund for Sandy but not in Oklahoma after tornadoes ravaged it in May 2013, he claimed the situations were “totally different”, in that the Sandy funding involved “Everybody getting in and exploiting the tragedy that took place. That won’t happen in Oklahoma.”[134] Inhofe pointedly did not thank President Obama for his attention to the tragedy in his state, so as to not be compared to Chris Christie.[135]

Earmarks

In April 2021, Inhofe expressed support for bringing back earmarks to the United States Senate.[136]

Impeachment

On February 12, 1999, Inhofe was one of 50 senators to vote to convict and remove Bill Clinton from office.[137] On February 5, 2020, he voted to acquit Donald Trump.

2016 presidential election

Early during the Republican Party presidential primaries in 2016, Inhofe endorsed fellow Republican John Kasich.[138] Since Trump’s election, he has voted in line with Trump’s position 94.2% of the time.[139]

Purchase of Raytheon stock

In December 2018, Inhofe bought $50,000 to $100,000 worth of stock in Raytheon, a major defense contractor that has billions of dollars’ worth of contracts with the Pentagon. The week before, he had successfully lobbied the Trump administration to increase military spending. Ethics watchdogs said the purchase raised conflict of interest concerns, and noted that members of Congress are not allowed to purchase stocks on the basis of information that is not publicly available. Inhofe sold the stock shortly after reporters asked him about the purchase. He said the purchase was made by a third-party adviser who manages Inhofe’s investments on his behalf.[140]

Judiciary

Inhofe meets with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

In September 2020, less than two months before the next presidential election, Inhofe supported an immediate vote on Trump’s nominee to fill the Supreme Court vacancy caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In March 2016, around seven months before the next presidential election, he argued that the Senate should not consider Obama’s Supreme Court nominee because “we must let the people decide the Supreme Court’s future” via the presidential election.[141]

2021 storming of the United States Capitol

On May 28, 2021, Inhofe abstained from voting on the creation of an independent commission to investigate the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[142]

Personal life

In 1959, Inhofe married Kay Kirkpatrick, with whom he has four children.[143][144]

On November 10, 2013, Inhofe’s son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, died in a plane crash in Owasso, Oklahoma, flying alone for the first time since training in a newly acquired plane.[145]

Inhofe was the first recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Character and Leadership Award for his character and leadership in public service.[146]

Electoral history

Oklahoma Governor

1974 Oklahoma gubernatorial election[147]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe 88,594 58.76
RepublicanDenzil D. Garrison62,18841.24
Total votes150,782 100.00
General election
Democratic David Boren 514,389 63.91
RepublicanJim Inhofe290,45936.09
Total votes804,848 100.00
Democratic hold

Tulsa Mayor

1978 Mayor of Tulsa election[148]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe 39,236 51.05
DemocraticRodger Randle35,21345.81
IndependentJim Primdahl, Jr.2,4123.14
Total votes76,861 100.00
Republican hold
1982 Mayor of Tulsa election[149]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 43,463 59.29
DemocraticTom Seymour27,17737.07
IndependentRobert T. Murphy2,6683.64
Total votes73,308 100.00
Republican hold

U.S. Representative

1986 Oklahoma 1st Congressional District election[150]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe 19,575 54.21
RepublicanBill Colvert10,57729.29
RepublicanJoan Hastings5,95616.49
Total votes36,108 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe 78,919 54.79
DemocraticGary D. Allison61,66342.81
IndependentCarl E. McCullough, Jr.3,4552.40
Total votes144,037 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic
1988 Oklahoma 1st Congressional District election[151]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 103,458 52.63
DemocraticKurt Glassco93,10147.37
Total votes196,559 100.00
Republican hold
1990 Oklahoma 1st Congressional District election[152]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 75,618 55.96
DemocraticKurt Glassco59,52144.04
Total votes135,139 100.00
Republican hold
1992 Oklahoma 1st Congressional District election[153]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 36,354 67.71
RepublicanRichard L. Bunn17,33932.29
Total votes53,693 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 119,211 52.79
DemocraticJohn Selph106,61947.21
Total votes225,830 100.00
Republican hold

U.S. Senator

1994 United States Senate special election in Oklahoma[154][155]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe 159,001 77.80
RepublicanTony Caldwell45,35922.20
Total votes204,360 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe 542,390 55.21
DemocraticDave McCurdy392,48840.56
IndependentDanny Corn47,5524.84
Total votes982,430 100.00
Republican gain from Democratic
1996 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[156][157]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 116,241 75.34
RepublicanDan Lowe38,04424.66
Total votes154,285 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 670,610 56.68
DemocraticJim Boren474,16240.08
IndependentBill Maguire15,0921.28
LibertarianAgnes Marie Regier14,5951.23
IndependentChris Nedbalek8,6910.73
Total votes1,183,150 100.00
Republican hold
2002 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[158]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 583,579 57.30
DemocraticDavid Walters369,78936.31
IndependentJames Germalic65,0566.39
Total votes1,018,424 100.00
Republican hold
2008 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[159][160]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 116,371 84.18
RepublicanEvelyn L. Rogers10,7707.79
RepublicanTed Ryals7,3065.28
RepublicanDennis Lopez3,8002.75
Total votes138,247 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 763,375 56.68
DemocraticAndrew Rice527,73639.18
IndependentStephen P. Wallace55,7084.14
Total votes1,346,819 100.00
Republican hold
2014 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[161][162]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 231,291 87.68
RepublicanEvelyn Rogers11,9604.53
RepublicanErick Paul Wyatt11,7134.44
RepublicanRob Moye4,8461.84
RepublicanJean McBride-Samuels3,9651.50
Total votes263,775 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 558,166 68.01
DemocraticMatt Silverstein234,30728.55
IndependentJoan Farr10,5541.29
IndependentRay Woods9,9131.21
IndependentAaron DeLozier7,7930.95
Total votes820,733 100.00
Republican hold
2020 United States Senate election in Oklahoma[163][164]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 277,868 74.05
RepublicanJJ Stitt57,43315.31
RepublicanJohn Tompkins23,5636.28
RepublicanNeil Mavis16,3634.36
Total votes375,227 100.00
General election
Republican Jim Inhofe (incumbent) 979,140 62.91
DemocraticAbby Broyles509,76332.75
LibertarianRobert Murphy34,4352.21
IndependentJoan Farr21,6521.39
IndependentJ.D. Nesbit11,3710.73
Total votes1,556,361 100.00
Republican hold

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Served as acting chairman in the absence of John McCain from December 2017 – September 6, 2018.[1]
  2. ^ One child is deceased.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Dewey Bartlett
Republican nominee for Governor of Oklahoma
1974
Succeeded by
Ron Shotts
Preceded by
Stephen Jones
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
(Class 2)

1994, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2014, 2020
Most recent
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert LaFortune
Mayor of Tulsa
1978–1984
Succeeded by
Terry Young
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James R. Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district

1987–1994
Succeeded by
Steve Largent
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
David Boren
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Oklahoma
1994–present
Served alongside: Don Nickles, Tom Coburn, James Lankford
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jim Jeffords
Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Barbara Boxer
Ranking Member of the Senate Environment Committee
2007–2013
Succeeded by
David Vitter
Preceded by
John McCain
Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Jack Reed
Preceded by
Barbara Boxer
Chair of the Senate Environment Committee
2015–2017
Succeeded by
John Barrasso
Preceded by
John McCain
Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee
2018–2021
Acting: 2017–2018
Succeeded by
Jack Reed
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Patty Murray
United States senators by seniority
7th
Succeeded by
Ron Wyden


Recent Elections

2014 US Senator

Jim Inhofe (R)558,16668%
Matt Silverstein (D)234,30728.5%
Ray Woods ()9,9131.2%
Aaron DeLozier ()7,7930.9%
Joan Farr ()10,5541.3%
TOTAL820,733

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Finances

INHOFE, JAMES M (JIM) has run in 2 races for public office, winning 1 of them. The candidate has raised a total of $8,106,299.

 

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Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
Transportation and Infrastructure

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Issues

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Legislation

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Issues

 

Economy

Agriculture

Oklahoma’s farming and ranching communities are an important part of our economy. As an advocate for Oklahoma’s agriculture production, I know how important producing food is to our national security and prosperity. I continue to support the communities of rural Oklahoma to enact policies that protect the family farm and keep the American food supply safe, reliable and affordable.

In addition to supporting the Farm Bill, I have worked to protect our agricultural communities from President Obama’s flawed WOTUS rule that could have designated everything in Western Oklahoma as a wetland. I authored legislation to ensure young people have the opportunity to pursue a career in agriculture by removing barriers to entry for the next generation of America’s farmers and ranchers.

I also worked to increase support for agricultural communities after they face a natural disaster. Whether it is wildfires, flooding, tornadoes or other severe weather, when a disaster affects farmers, they need to get resources quickly. I authored legislation that cuts bureaucratic red tape to ensure that USDA can get relief to farmers and ranchers as soon as possible and allows grazing on CRP lands after a wildfire.

Taxation

I have been a long-time advocate for lower tax rates that will foster economic growth, allow families to keep more of their hard-earned money and make it easier for Oklahoma’s businesses to grow and hire more hard-working people. Last Congress, we passed the first comprehensive tax reform legislation in three decades that enacted my priorities into law.

The historic tax reform cut taxes for the typical American family by an average of $2,000 each year. It also unlocks the economic potential of the United States economy by lowering taxes on businesses—especially small businesses. Additionally it recognizes the important role of key industries in Oklahoma that create jobs and invest in our state, such as the oil and gas industry, by protecting percentage depletion and intangible drilling cost provisions.

Because of historic tax reform, Congress has made doing business in the United States competitive again, so companies are no longer encouraged to move American jobs overseas. President Trump is already growing the economy by cutting regulations—this tax cut will only do more to drive the engine of the American economy to new heights and benefit hardworking families.

Education

Education

Parents, teachers, administrators and locally-elected school boards are best equipped to make decisions about educating Oklahoma students—not the federal government. I’m working to shift more decisions and authority away from the federal, “one-size-fits-all” policies and sending it back to the state and local governments.

To support education in our local communities, I’m focused on ensuring our students are educated about our nation’s founding principles and civics – to protect our values and democracy in the long run.

I’m also committed to improving our career and technical education systems to support workforce development efforts. I’ve authored language to expand access to career-tech programs for students from all backgrounds and interests, including veterans and high-school graduates interested in aviation.

Lastly, as a state with five military installations, Oklahoma especially values Impact Aid, the program that reimburses school districts for lost tax revenue from federal property or military installations. Impact Aid can be used for a wide variety of educational needs and does not include any overbearing strings or limitations. Many schools in Oklahoma rely on Impact Aid, and I am proud to lead the effort every year to ensure it is fully resourced.

Environment

Energy + Environment

As the former Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have been focused on cutting regulations that limit an “all of the above” energy policy and have worked to increase domestic energy production and achieve energy dominance. We’re well on our way—since the election of President Trump, we’ve become the global leader in oil and natural gas production and have dramatically increased our exports of crude oil, coal, and liquefied natural gas.

America’s energy supply should be stable, diverse and affordable. We must continue to work to increase exploration and production of natural gas and oil, continuing the development and use of coal, along with the development of renewable sources of energy and further develop nuclear energy.

Working with President Trump, we have won the latest battle on fossil fuels, but the war is still being waged. I will continue to defend an industry that employs millions of Americans, provides more than a trillion dollars to our economy and allows Oklahomans to heat our homes, get work and cook our meals.

In the past year, I’ve been on the front lines of leading the expansion of our domestic resources, including opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to energy exploration. I have also focused on infrastructure permitting reform. Red tape and improperly used review processes have hindered our ability to best access and use our existing energy sources—forcing cities in the Northeast United States, like Boston, to import LNG from Russia, rather than domestically.

Health Care

Health Care

I’ve long believed that health care decisions should be between a patient and their doctor—not government bureaucrats. For too long, the Obama administration tried to insert themselves into families’ medical and health care decisions. We saw the results: skyrocketing costs and fewer options for care, especially in rural communities.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Rural Healthcare Caucus, I am committed to finding solutions to improving accessibility to quality care for those in rural parts of Oklahoma and our country. While health reform is needed to provide quality medical care and stem the ever growing cost of health care, government takeovers are never the answer.

I’m proud that we repealed the individual mandate of Obamacare, and supported the patient-centered Republican efforts to replace Obamacare—voting for efforts that would have provided relief to Oklahomans struggling with increasing premiums. While disappointed that the effort of a broad repeal came up short, I am committed to repealing and replacing it in its entirety.

Immigration

Immigration

I was a builder and developer in south Texas for 20 years and know the situation we face at the border. After visiting it regularly for the last five years, I know the situation is getting worse. That’s why I wholeheartedly agree with President Trump – we need to build a wall to secure our southern border. I’ve introduced the WALL Act, the only legislation to fully pay for the construction of the wall by closing loopholes that allow illegal immigrants to receive federal benefits and increasing minimum fines on illegal border crossers.

Building the wall and securing the border are key – but we also need to address additional loopholes and flaws in our immigration system. I introduced the Asylum Abuse Reduction Act that, among other provisions, would require migrants to declare asylum at our embassies and consulates in Mexico or Canada before entering into the United States to end the practice of “catch and release.” President Trump has enacted much of my legislation through executive order.

As we discuss legislation to reform our immigration system, I have long held that three key principles should be part of any reform: immigration solutions cannot grant amnesty, shortcut the naturalization process or ignore our nation’s laws by rewarding illegal activity. I will hold true to these conservative principles when considering any legislation before the Senate.

Infrastructure

Transportation

One of the inherent roles of government is to provide for a safe and suitable infrastructure to allow our nation access to transportation and fully connect our national economy. In addition to providing for the national defense, I believe the single greatest service we can provide our citizens is the necessary infrastructure to enable the United States to remain the economic engine that drives the world’s economy.

As the past Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, I have worked to pass highway bills and water resources acts which have been historic for the nation and provided victories for Oklahoma. These bills have used our resources in a fiscally responsible manner and eliminated federal red tape to allow for more state and local control and for new construction and modernization of our nation’s crumbling bridges, roads and infrastructure.

Additionally, as an active aviator for over forty years, I’ve seen firsthand how important our aviation infrastructure is for continued economic growth in Oklahoma. I am committed to helping the general and commercial aviation industries in Oklahoma. I will also work to make sure that our existing commercial airports get the resources they need to fulfill increased security requirements.

Veterans

Veterans

There is no adequate compensation for the sacrifices our nation’s veterans have so bravely made on behalf of the United States. As the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and as an Army veteran, I am committed to standing up for all of our nation’s veterans and ensuring that we honor each of them with the proper care and support.

As a tireless advocate for our veterans, it is critically important to me that Oklahoma set the benchmark for the rest of the country in how we treat our veterans – and we’re doing exactly that. In just the last few years, I’ve enacted legislation to do everything from allow independent, third-party inspectors at VA hospitals to pushing all veterans care facilities to strive for higher rankings. I’ve also worked with President Trump to reform the VA and increase accountability—giving VA directors the ability to fire poorly performing employees and strengthening whistleblower protections. I am committed to a culture of continuous improvement at the VA.

For over 18 years, I have led a task force of veterans to stay apprised of the issues facing veterans in Oklahoma and across the country. These monthly meetings have resulted in legislation to increase education benefits, establish state of the art medical treatment facilities, and increase health care benefits and pension plans that enable our nation’s bravest men and women to have the ability to transition out of military service with world-class support. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump to provide America’s soldiers and veterans the best possible care we can.

Adoption + Life

Our Declaration of Independence guarantees each American the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and I stand up for the unborn across America in fighting for the sanctity of human life. I am pro-life, and I am proud of it. I support adoption as an alternative to abortion.

To support adoption, I serve on the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and have enacted many proposals designed to encourage domestic and international adoptions for American families.

Our family knows the joys and blessings adoption can bring; my granddaughter, Marie, was adopted from Ethiopia when she was a baby. To support all families who want to grow their families through adoption, I have led initiatives to promote safe, efficient adoptions and authored legislation that encourages more families to take in children in need of foster care.

To defend the right to life, I have been a leader on legislative efforts to end the practice of abortion, including the Life at Conception Act, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. I also continue to work to defund Planned Parenthood by voting to overturn Obama-era regulations that tried to prevent states from withholding money from abortion providers.

Foreign Policy

Since the election of President Trump, I’ve noticed a marked difference in how America is perceived in the international community. After recovering from President Obama’s failed foreign policy initiatives, the United States is once again able to negotiate from a position of strength as the undisputed leader of the free world. Under President Trump we will continue to put the vital interests of the United States above the maintenance of global institutions to ensure a free, safe and prosperous America.

As the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, I work on numerous foreign policy issues to ensure that we are trusted by our allies and feared by our adversaries. In the Senate, I’ve led efforts to take a hardline stance against rogue regimes, like Iran and North Korea, as well as preventing malign activity from our strategic competitors, like Russia and China.

I’ve stood up for our allies and friends, like Ukraine and Taiwan, and supported President Trump as he pulled the U.S. out of unaccountable bad deals, like the INF treaty and the Iran Deal. I’ve made sure our best friend in the Middle East, Israel, is taken care of–including by making sure our embassy was finally moved to Jerusalem. I’ve also worked diligently to stand up for marginalized communities. I’m going to continue to work with our allies and partners around the world to promote our American values of freedom and democracy.

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James LankfordJames Lankford

Current Position: US Senator since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2011 – 2016

Featured Quote: 
Last week alone there were 20,000 interdictions on our southern border in the Rio Grande. The border is open & this crisis is growing. Biden needs to stop making excuses, step up & close the border.

Featured Video: 
Lankford Pushes Back Against Democrats Reckless Tax and Spending

Source: Government page

Republican primary a “real time test” of party’s state
The Norman Transcript, Reese GormanSeptember 12, 2021 (Long)

In election years past, Sen. James Lankford’s fate in the Republican primary might have been clearer.

Lankford enters the 2022 primary as the incumbent candidate with significant support within the state, factors that would usually point to a clear-cut victory, experts said. But as the primary approaches, Lankford faces what could be an increasingly viable challenger in 29-year-old pastor Jackson Lahmeyer.

In a race that has received national attention and split the state Republican party in two, the question remains whether Lahmeyer is a threat to Lankford’s seat.

Summary

Current Position: US Senator since 2015
Affiliation: Republican
Former Position(s): US Representative from 2011 – 2016

Featured Quote: 
Last week alone there were 20,000 interdictions on our southern border in the Rio Grande. The border is open & this crisis is growing. Biden needs to stop making excuses, step up & close the border.

Featured Video: 
Lankford Pushes Back Against Democrats Reckless Tax and Spending

Source: Government page

News

Republican primary a “real time test” of party’s state
The Norman Transcript, Reese GormanSeptember 12, 2021 (Long)

In election years past, Sen. James Lankford’s fate in the Republican primary might have been clearer.

Lankford enters the 2022 primary as the incumbent candidate with significant support within the state, factors that would usually point to a clear-cut victory, experts said. But as the primary approaches, Lankford faces what could be an increasingly viable challenger in 29-year-old pastor Jackson Lahmeyer.

In a race that has received national attention and split the state Republican party in two, the question remains whether Lahmeyer is a threat to Lankford’s seat.

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James Lankford serves Oklahomans. He served four years in the US House of Representatives for central Oklahoma, until he was overwhelmingly elected to the US Senate in 2014.

James was recognized as the Senate’s top-ranked “Taxpayers Friend” by the National Taxpayers Union for his strong record in support of lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom. His annual Federal Fumbles report is a must-read in Washington, DC, because of its commonsense solutions to the problems our federal government faces. He has also been recognized by many other organizations for his work toward increased personal freedom, economic growth, and religious liberty.

James lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Cindy. They have been married more than 27 years and have two daughters, Hannah and Jordan. He enjoys spending time with his family, working in his yard, and reading.

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Wikipedia Entry

James Paul Lankford (born March 4, 1968) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator for Oklahoma since 2015. A member of the Republican Party, he previously served as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district from 2011 to 2015.

From 1996 to 2009, Lankford was the student ministries and evangelism specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and director of the youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma.

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 U.S. Senate special election following Tom Coburn‘s resignation from the Senate. He won the June 2014 primary with 57% of the vote, becoming the Republican nominee. He won the special election with nearly 68% of the vote and was elected to the balance of Coburn’s term. He was reelected in 2016, again with nearly 68% of the vote.

In January 2021, Lankford announced he would object to the counting of some swing states’ electoral votes as part of an attempt to overturn the 2020 U.S. presidential election. He reversed course after the 2021 United States Capitol attack.

Early life, education and career

Lankford was born March 4, 1968, in Dallas, Texas,[2] the son of Linda Joyce (née House) and James Wesley Lankford.[3][4] His mother was an elementary school librarian.[5] His maternal grandparents owned a small dry-cleaning business, his father and paternal grandparents a dairy farm.[6] His stepfather was a career employee of AC Delco, the parts division of General Motors.[6]

His parents divorced when he was four; he lived with his mother and older brother for a time in his grandparents’ garage apartment. He became a Christian at eight. His mother remarried when he was twelve, and the family moved to Garland, Texas, with his stepfather.[5]

Lankford attended Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland. While there, he participated in the Close Up Washington civic education program. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (specializing in speech and history) at University of Texas at Austin in 1990, and a master’s degree in Divinity at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1994.[5] He was a substitute teacher and speech team assistant teacher at Pflugerville High School in 1991.[citation needed]

After graduating, Lankford moved to Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City, where he still lives. He worked for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. From 1996 to 2005, he was the program director of Falls Creek, the largest Christian camp in the U.S.[7][8]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2010 election

After two-term incumbent Republican Mary Fallin announced she was giving up her seat to run for governor of Oklahoma, Lankford entered the race to succeed her.[2] He finished first in a seven-way Republican primary—the important contest in this heavily Republican district—and defeated former State Representative Kevin Calvey in the runoff.[9] He then defeated Democrat Billy Coyle in the general election with 62.53% of the vote.[5][10][2]

2012 election

Lankford defeated Democrat Tom Guild with 59% of the vote. Following the election, he was named chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking position in the House Republican caucus, an unusually senior position for a second-term House member.

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

Elections

2014

In January 2014, Lankford announced he would run in the 2014 Senate special election to succeed retiring Republican Senator Tom Coburn.[12] Lankford won the June 2014 Republican primary, defeating former state House speaker T.W. Shannon and former state senator Randy Brogdon.[13] In November, Lankford won the election for the final two years of Coburn’s second term, defeating retiring state senator Constance N. Johnson by 319,079 votes, with 557,002 (67.9%) to Johnson’s 237,923 (29.0%). Independent candidate Mark Beard won the remaining 25,965 votes (3.2%).[14]

2016

Lankford was elected to a full six-year term in the Senate in 2016, defeating Democratic consultant Mike Workman with 67.7 percent of the vote. As in 2014, he won in a landslide, carrying every county in the state.

Tenure

Lankford was sworn into office on January 6, 2015, by Vice President Joe Biden.

On December 21, 2017, Lankford was one of six senators to introduce the Secure Elections Act, legislation authorizing block grants to states to update outdated voting technology as well as form a program for an independent panel of experts that would work toward the development of cybersecurity guidelines for election systems that states could then implement, along with offering states resources to install the recommendations.[15]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Taxes

Lankford supports budget austerity through lowering taxes and reducing government spending.[16] He took the taxpayer protection pledge promising to support no new taxes.[16] He supports the repeal of the income and estate taxes and supports a sales tax to tax consumption and not savings or earnings.[16]

Guns

In 2014, Lankford was endorsed by the National Rifle Association and had an “A” rating from the group.[17][18] Lankford supports loosening restrictions on interstate gun purchases.[16] He opposes firearm microstamping, a controversial method of imprinting casings with a unique marking to match it with a specific firearm, and would allow veterans to register unlicensed firearms.[16]

After the 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in which the perpetrator used a Smith & Wesson M&P15 AR-15 style rifle to kill 17 and wound 17 others, Lankford said on NBC NewsMeet the Press he was open to requiring more comprehensive background checks for firearm purchases, saying, “The problem is not owning an AR-15, it’s the person who owns it.”[19][20][21]

Cannabis

Lankford opposed a 2018 ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana in Oklahoma, calling it “harmful to the social fabric of Oklahoma” and arguing that it would have a “dramatic effect on our families and our schools and our businesses and the future of our state”.[22][23] He also appeared in a video ad calling for defeat of the initiative, stating: “Our families won’t be better if more parents and grandparents smoke more marijuana.”[24] The measure passed with 57% of the vote.[25]

In 2015, Lankford introduced the Keeping out Illegal Drugs (KIDS) Act to block federal funds for Indian tribes that allow the cultivation or distribution of marijuana on their land.[26] Said Lankford: “It is important for our nation to help address this issue for the sake of the next generation of Native Americans. This legislation is a good step in trying to protect young tribal members and fulfill our trust responsibility to Native Americans.”[27]

Defense

Lankford supports extending the Patriot Act and expanding roving wiretaps occurring in the US.[16] He supports the prioritization of security, starting with military bases.[16]

Environment

Lankford supports expanding exploration of gas and oil both domestically and on the outer continental shelf.[16] He opposes the Environmental Protection Agency regulating emission standards as he believes it hinders economic growth.[16] Lankford believes manure and other fertilizers should not be classified as pollutants or hazardous.[16]

Lankford rejects the scientific consensus on climate change, calling it a “myth.”[28] In 2018, he strongly criticized the National Science Foundation for funding projects that seek to increase reporting on climate change in weathercasts, saying it “is not science—it is propagandizing.”[29][30]

Healthcare

Lankford opposes the Affordable Care Act and has voted to repeal it.[31][32] In a 2017 Facebook post, he claimed “Since 2013, a majority of states are seeing premiums and costs double, including states that expanded Medicaid”.[33]

Lankford has stated his belief that federally funded health insurance is unconstitutional and that he will oppose any and all moves for a federal healthcare system.[16] He supported an initiative to allow Medicare choice and institute budget cuts.[16]

Abortion

Lankford opposes abortion.[16] He believes Congress should recognize life at the moment of fertilization.[16] He opposes any federally funded programs that allow for abortion, as well as Planned Parenthood and other similar groups.[16]

LGBT rights

Lankford has largely opposed legislation promoting LGBT rights. He opposes same-sex marriage. In the early days of his 2010 campaign for the House of Representatives, Lankford disparaged the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which expanded hate crime legislation to include greater penalties for hate crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or race.[34]

Lankford supported Oklahoma Question 711, a statewide constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions that passed in 2004 with 75% of the vote and remained law until it was challenged in court and struck down by a federal judge as unconstitutional in 2014. Lankford lambasted the decision, saying that “marriage is a state issue and Oklahoma has spoken.”[34] He also endorsed the Defense of Marriage Act and condemned the 2013 Supreme Court decision striking down parts of the law.

Lankford has defended businesses and individuals opposing LGBT rights, including Chick-fil-A in the wake of its denunciation over donations to groups opposing same-sex marriage, and Phil Robertson after he was suspended from Duck Dynasty in 2013 following comments regarded as anti-LGBT and racist. Lankford attacked A&E for suspending Robertson, writing that Robertson “should be able to speak his views without fear of being silenced.”[34]

In 2012, five days after President Barack Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, the first sitting U.S. president to do so, Lankford told a ThinkProgress interviewer that he believed homosexuality is a choice and that employers should be allowed to terminate workers for their sexual orientation: “I think it’s a choice issue.” After LGBT advocates condemned his statements, Lankford defended himself on local television, reiterating his view that homosexuality is a choice.[35][36][37]

After the Southern Poverty Law Center designated the Alliance Defending Freedom an anti-LGBT hate group, Lankford criticized the designation and defended the ADF, which had described same-sex marriage as a threat to “healthy, free and stable society.”[38][39]

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest organization advocating for LGBT rights in the United States, included Lankford in its 2016 “Congressional Hall of Shame” along with Senators Mike Lee and Ted Cruz.[40]

Human rights

In August 2018, Lankford, Marco Rubio and 15 other lawmakers urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Act against Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in western China‘s Xinjiang region.[41] They wrote: “The detention of as many as a million or more Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in “political reeducation” centers or camps requires a tough, targeted, and global response.”[42]

Race relations

In June 2020, Lankford criticized President Trump’s decision to walk to the St John’s Episcopal Church near the White House, calling it “confrontational”. In a BBC interview he said that racism passes on from one generation to the next, and he challenged families to invite a family of a different ethnicity to their home for a meal, to “allow friendship to develop where there has only been friendliness in the past”.[43]

In January 2021, after Lankford questioned the validity of the 2020 presidential election, some Black Tulsa leaders called for him to resign from both the 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Committee and the Senate. They saw the false fraud allegations, which focused on primarily Black cities, as an attack on Black voters.[44] Lankford later apologized for his role in casting doubt on Black votes.[45]

2020 election

After Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election and Trump refused to concede, Lankford said he would intervene and ensure that Biden, the incoming president, would receive intelligence briefings. Shortly thereafter, he backtracked, said the media had twisted his words, and said “I’m not in a hurry, necessarily, to get Joe Biden these briefings.”[46]

Lankford initially announced plans to object to the counting of some swing states’ electoral votes as part of an attempt to overturn the 2020 United States presidential election, but he reversed course after the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[47] He later apologized to his black constituents for his involvement in casting doubt on votes from predominantly black communities in several swing states.[45]

Lankford voted to acquit in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump.[48]

On May 28, 2021, Lankford voted against creating an independent commission to investigate the January 6 insurrection.[49]

Earmarks

In 2021, Lankford opposed bringing back earmarks to the Senate.[50]

Personal life

Lankford and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters.[51] He attends Quail Springs Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Oklahoma City.[52]

Electoral history

Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district election, 2010

Republican primary
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford18,76033.58
RepublicanKevin Calvey18,14732.48
RepublicanMike Thompson10,00817.91
RepublicanShane Jett5,95610.66
RepublicanJohnny Roy1,5482.77
RepublicanRick Flanigan7621.36
RepublicanHarry Johnson6861.23
Total55,867100
Republican primary runoff
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford29,81765.22
RepublicanKevin Calvey15,90234.78
Total45,719100
General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford123,23662.52
DemocraticBilly Coyle68,07434.54
IndependentClark Duffe3,0671.56
IndependentDave White2,7281.38
Total197,105100
Republican hold

Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district election, 2012

General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford (Incumbent)153,60358.70
DemocraticTom Guild97,50437.30
IndependentPat Martin5,3942.10
IndependentRobert Murphy5,1762.00
Total261,677100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate special election in Oklahoma, 2014

Republican primary
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford152,74957.20
RepublicanT. W. Shannon91,85434.40
RepublicanRandy Brogdon12,9344.80
RepublicanKevin Crow2,8281.10
RepublicanAndy Craig2,4270.90
RepublicanEric McCray2,2720.90
RepublicanJason Weger1,7940.70
Total266,858100
General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford557,00267.90
DemocraticConnie Johnson237,92329.00
IndependentMark T. Beard25,9653.20
Total820,890100
Republican hold

U.S. Senate election in Oklahoma, 2016

General election
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanJames Lankford (Incumbent)980,89267.7
DemocraticMike Workman355,91124.58
LibertarianRobert Murphy43,4213.00
IndependentSean Braddy40,4052.79
IndependentMark T. Beard27,4181.89
Total1,448,047100.00
Republican hold

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