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Oklahoma?s Former Senator/Pilot Jim Inhofe Has Gone West

Was State’s Longest Serving Senator… And Our Dear, Dear Friend… James Mountain Inhofe, a Republican retired Senator from Oklahoma, has died at the age of 89 after suffering a stroke on July 4. He had retired from the Senate in 2023 because of his health, and had four years left in his term. He was Oklahoma’s longest serving Senator who served as chairman of both the Armed Services and the Environment and Public Works committees. He was a partisan iconoclast who nonetheless was able to reach across the aisle on certain issues such as military policy and infrastructure, especially when he saw benefit for the Republican party. He was one of the most conservative members of Congress particularly on energy, defense, and the environment, and he strongly opposed regulatory overreach on those issues.

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