Jim Inhofe

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Jim Inhofe
Jim Inhofe.jpg
U.S. Senate, Oklahoma
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
1987-1994
Mayor, City of Tulsa
1978-1984
Senator, Oklahoma State Senate
1969-1977
Education
Bachelor'sEconomics, University of Tulsa, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1957-1958
Personal
BirthdayNovember 17, 1934
Place of birthTulsa, OK
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
Jim Inhofe (b. November 17, 1934) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oklahoma. Inhofe was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Inhofe is a "far-right Republican leader".[1]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Inhofe's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 1973: Graduated from University of Tulsa
  • 1957-1958: Served in the U.S. Army
  • 1967-1969: Served as a member, Oklahoma State house of representatives
  • 1969-1977: Served as a member, Oklahoma State senate
  • 1978-1984: Served as mayor of Tulsa
  • 1987-1994: Served as a Republican to the U.S. Congress
  • 1995-Present: U.S Senator from Oklahoma

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate

2011-2012

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Environment and Public Works
  • Foreign Relations
    • Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues
    • Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection
    • Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    • Subcommittee on African Affairs

[3]

Policy positions

Immigration

Legislation

  • English Language Unity Act

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Jim Inhofe endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [4]

Earmarks

A Washington Post investigation in February 2012 revealed that 33 members of Congress helped direct more than $300 million in earmarks to public projects in close proximity to commercial and residential real estate owned by the lawmakers or their family members.[5] According to the report, Inhofe has helped secure about $1.8 million in earmarks to study the widening of U.S. 169, which passes near an office building that his wife co-owns.[6]

Elections

2008

On November 4, 2008, Inhofe won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Andrew Rice and Stephen P. Wallace in the general election.[7]

U.S. Senate, Oklahoma General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Inhofe Incumbent 56.7% 763,375
     Democrat Andrew Rice 39.2% 527,736
     Independent Stephen P. Wallace 4.1% 55,708
Total Votes 1,346,819

Campaign donors

2008

Inhofe won re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2008. During that re-election cycle, Inhofe 's campaign committee raised a total of $6,484,560 and spent $6,428,174.[8]


Analysis

Congressional Staff Salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Inhofe paid his congressional staff a total of $2,531,750 in 2011. He ranks 19 on the list of the highest paid Republican Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 45th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranks 35th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[9]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Inhofe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $5,100,056 and $17,475,999. That averages to $22,576,055, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[10]

Political positions

Percentage voting with party

The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Inhofe votes with the Democratic Party 91.4% of the time. This ranks 21st among the 47 Senate Republicans in 2011.[11]

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Personal

Inhofe and his wife, Kay, have four children.

External links


References

Political offices
Preceded by
David L. Boren
U.S. Senate - Oklahoma
1994-Present
Succeeded by
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