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James M. InhofeREPRepublican United States Senator
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OKResidence (state)

James Mountain Inhofe (INN-hoff; born November 17, 1934) is an American politician who served as a United States senator from Oklahoma from 1994 to 2023. A member of the Republican Party, he is the longest serving U.S. senator from Oklahoma. He served in various elected offices in the state of Oklahoma for nearly sixty years, between 1967 and 2023. Inhofe 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 acting chairman of the Armed Services Committee between December 2017 and September 6, 2018 while John McCain fought cancer. After McCain's death, he became chairman and served until February 3, 2021. From February 3, 2021 to January 3, 2023, he served as Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. During his Senate career he was known for his rejection of climate science, his support of constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage, and the Inhofe Amendment to make English the national language of the United States.Prior to his election to the United States Senate, Inhofe was an elected official representing the Tulsa area for nearly three decades. He served as the U.S. representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district from 1987 to 1994 (after losing his first campaign for the office in 1976) and as mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984. Prior to serving as mayor, he represented parts of Tulsa in the Oklahoma Senate from 1969 to 1977 and the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1967 to 1969.

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Education5 - 5 of 3
University of Tulsa
Bachelor of Arts
1973
Central High School
primary school
Past Positions1 - 8 of 8
Senator
United States Senate, Oklahoma
1994 - 2023
Representative
United States House of Representatives, Oklahoma
1987 - 1994
Mayor
City of Tulsa
1978 - 1984
Senator
Oklahoma State Senate
1969 - 1977
Representative
Oklahoma State House of Representatives
1967 - 1969
Former Minority Leader
Oklahoma State Senate
Served
United States Army
1957 - 1958
Former President
Quaker Life Insurance Company
Other Experience1 - 16 of 16
Former Chair
Armed Services Committee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Chair
Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate
Former Member
Strategic Forces Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Airland Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight, United States Senate
Former Member
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, United States Senate
Former Member
Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife Subcommittee, United States Senate
Former Member
Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security Subcommittee, United States Senate
Member
Senate Rural Health Caucus
Member
Senate Tourism Caucus