James Inhofe

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James Inhofe
Senior U.S. Senator from Oklahoma
From: November 17, 1994 – present
Predecessor David Boren
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Former U.S. Representative from Oklahoma's 1st District
From: January 6, 1987 – November 17, 1994
Predecessor James Robert Jones
Successor Steve Largent
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Kay Inhofe
Religion Presbyterian

James Inhofe, born November 17, 1934 (age 85), is a Republican United States Senator from the state of Oklahoma. Inhofe first served in a major public office as Mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984, modernizing the city's infrastructure withoout raising taxes and leading the charge to develop the Arkansas River through a series of low-water dams that boosted economic growth for the city.[1] After former Senator David Boren resigned to take the presidency of the University of Oklahoma in 1994, Inhofe ran and won the senatorial election and served out the two remaining years. He was re-elected in 1996 and again in 2002. He served as the chairman of the Senate's Committee on the Environment and Public Works Committee and the Armed Services Committee until 2007.[2]

After taking the role as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee in 2003, Inhofe worked to increase security enhancement in drinking water and wastewater facilities, passing a bill which authorized a total of $245 million in Environmental Protection Agency grants,.[3] Through this work in the committee, Inhofe endeavors to restore sound science to the regulatory decisions on such issues as global warming, wetlands, clean air mandates, and endangered species. Inhofe has been a leader in debunking the global warming hoax, criticizing Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta after he proclaimed global warming was a national security threat: “Panetta wasting his time promoting Obama’s Global Warming fantasies.” [4]

Inhofe's voting record in opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research, and increase taxes have proven him to be a strong conservative. The American Conservative Union rates Inhofe as one of the most consistently conservative Senators currently serving, with a lifetime rating of 97.62.[5]

Inhofe had previously served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Oklahoma's First Congressional District from 1987 to 1994. He had also served in the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in 1966, serving one two-year term. From 1968 to 1976 Inhofe was a member of the Oklahoma State Senate, honored by his colleagues being selected to be the majority leader.[6] He is actively involved in aviation, being the only member of Congress to fly a plane around the world.[2]

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