Jim Inhofe is a life-long conservative who has consistently fought for the values of greater freedoms, a strong national defense, a smaller federal government, and less government intrusion into the lives of the American people. Through his years of public service as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, minority leader of the Oklahoma Senate, mayor of Tulsa, congressman from Oklahoma’s First Congressional District, and now in his present role as Oklahoma’s senior U.S. Senator, Jim has honorably served Oklahoma.
The conservative publication, Human Events, editorializing on a recent “Top 10 Most Outstanding Conservative Senators,” ranked Inhofe number one saying he is an “unabashed conservative” and noted that “he’s unafraid to speak his mind.”
National Journal magazine also recently ranked Inhofe the most conservative member of the Senate, and noted that he was “the only senator with a perfect conservative score.”
At a time when government spending has run amuck in Washington, Jim has fought for common sense Oklahoma values of less spending and a more limited government. He fought against the $700 billion TARP bailout, the $787 billion so-called stimulus bill, and other government bailouts. Jim is a reform-minded leader, and he has actively sought to reduce government spending. For decades, he has been a proponent of a Balanced Budget Amendment
Protecting the country and providing a strong national defense is the most important job of the government, and Jim has long made this his key issue. As the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), Jim’s reputation as an expert on defense and national security issues benefits both Oklahoma and our men and women in uniform. In this leadership role, Jim’s priorities include improving how efficiently the Department of Defense uses taxpayer dollars to protect the nation, providing oversight to ensure our military strategies and assessments are best used to protect our nation, and ensuring that our forces have the tools and resources they need to defend America. Having travelled overseas on many occasions to visit with the members of our Armed Forces and gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges they face, he has been a tireless advocate for providing greater resources, the necessary equipment, and proper training to our military personnel.
Prior to his role as the lead Republican on SASC, Jim was the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. In that position, Jim led the fight against overreaching government regulations, especially global warming taxes. Fighting for Americans and for those scientists who have been shut out and muzzled by the establishment, he began questioning the politics about Global Warming in 1997 as the Chairman of the Clean Air, Wetlands, Private Property, and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee. In 2003, when he became Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he relentlessly pursued the truth, saying on the Senate Floor that catastrophic man-made global warming is the “greatest hoax ever perpetrated against the American people.” His steadfast opposition led to the defeat of global warming taxes in the Senate that would impose energy taxes on all Americans. His work also gave a voice to disenfranchised scientists who, until the recent Climategate scandal, had largely been silenced.
Jim is one of few active pilots in Congress, and has logged over 10,000 flight hours. He is the only Member of Congress in history to fly an airplane around the world.
Jim grew up in Tulsa and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in economics. He served in the U.S. Army and has been a small businessman working in aviation, real estate, and insurance for over 30 years. He has been married 53 years to his wife, Kay, and they have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.
His years of service have been marked by the plain-spoken nature in which he speaks his mind, and by the courage he has demonstrated in standing for what is right – even when he is the only one.