Jim Inhofe

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Jim Inhofe
Jim Inhofe.jpg
U.S. Senate, Oklahoma
In office
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 20
PredecessorDavid L. Boren (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,462,472
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Representative, United States House of Representatives
Mayor, City of Tulsa
Senator, Oklahoma State Senate
Bachelor'sEconomics, University of Tulsa, 1973
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1957-1958
Date of birthNovember 17, 1934
Place of birthTulsa, OK
Net worth$11,440,024
Office website
Jim Inhofe (b. November 17, 1934, in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a Republican member of the U.S. Senate from the state of Oklahoma. Inhofe was first elected to the Senate in 1994.

Inhofe most recently won re-election to the Senate in 2008. He defeated Andrew Rice (D) and Stephen P. Wallace (I) in the general election. In August 2013, he announced that he would be seeking reelection to the U.S. Senate on November 4, 2014.[1]

Inhofe began his political career in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, serving from 1967 to 1969. He was then elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1968 and served in that position until 1977. Inhofe went on to be Mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984. He then served in the U.S. House from 1987 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 1994.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Inhofe is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


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

  • 1957-1958: Served in the U.S. Army
  • 1967-1969: Oklahoma House of Representatives
  • 1973: Graduated from University of Tulsa
  • 1969-1977: Oklahoma State Senate
  • 1978-1984: Mayor of Tulsa
  • 1987-1994: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 1995-Present: U.S Senator from Oklahoma

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Inhofe serves on the following Senate committees[3]:

  • Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
    • Subcommittee on SeaPower
    • Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Airland
  • Environment and Public Works
    • Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife
    • Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health
    • Subcommittee on Oversight


  • 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



Presidential preference


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

Jim Inhofe endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election. [5]


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.[6] 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.[7]

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Inhofe voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. The bill was passed in the Senate by a 89/8 vote on January 1, 2013.[8]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[9][10][11]

According to the website Breitbart, Inhofe was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[12][13]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[14]



See also: United States Senate elections in Oklahoma, 2014

Inhofe confirmed on August 7, 2013 that he would seek reelection in 2014 stating, "I went home and I talked to my wife and I said, ‘You know, we’ve got a serious problem here; we’re going to have this guy around for four more years. I just can’t bail out now."[15]


Despite a pledge to steer clear of endorsing incumbents, Ted Cruz has financially backed a handful of Senate Republicans, including fellow Texan John Cornyn[16]

Cruz’s leadership political action committee, Jobs Growth and Freedom Fund, made only five donations in the first six months of its existence, and all of those dollars went to incumbents. On May 10, 2013, according to Federal Election Commission records, Cruz wrote a $2,500 check to the campaign of Cornyn.[16]

Cruz also handed out out four other $2,500 donations to incumbents that same day: Jim Inhofe, Mike Lee, Jim Risch and Tim Scott, who was appointed to the Senate after Jim DeMint resigned and is running in 2014 for the remaining years of DeMint’s term.[16]


On November 4, 2008, James M. Inhofe won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Andrew Rice (D) and Stephen P. Wallace (I) in the general election.[17]

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

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Inhofe is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Inhofe raised a total of $10,462,472 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.[25]

Jim Inhofe's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2008 US Senate (Oklahoma) Won $6,484,560
2002 US Senate (Oklahoma) Won $3,977,912
Grand Total Raised $10,462,472


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Inhofe’s reports.[26]

Jim Inhofe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[27]April 15, 2013$659,217.92$179,808.25$(90,695.90)$748,330.27
July Quarterly[28]July 15, 2013$748,330.27$729,883.36$(263,330.94)$1,214,882.69
Running totals

Defense contractors

According to a July 2013 Politico report, Inhofe made the top 10 list of Hill members receiving defense industry contributions. As of July 2013, Inhofe had received more than $42,000 from top defense firms.[29]


Breakdown of the source of Inhofe's campaign funds before the 2008 election.

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.[30]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Inhofe is a "far-right Republican" as of June 2013.[31]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[32]

Inhofe most often votes with:

Inhofe least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Inhofe missed 220 of 6,093 roll call votes between December 1994 to April 2013. This amounts to 3.6% which is worse than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[33]

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 ranked 19th on the list of the highest paid Republican senatorial staff salaries and ranked 45th overall of the lowest paid senatorial staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Oklahoma ranked 35th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.[34]

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, Inhofe's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $5,419,048 to $17,461,000. That averages to $11,440,024, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2011 of $6,358,668. His average net worth increased by 1.35% from 2010.[35]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Inhofe's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $5,100,056 and $17,475,999. That averages to $11,288,027, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican senators in 2010 of $7,054,258.[36]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Inhofe ranked 14th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[37]


Inhofe ranked 9th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[38]

Voting with party


Inhofe voted with the Republican Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[39]


Inhofe and his wife, Kay, have four children.

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External links


  1. CNN Politics, "Inhofe to seek re-election," August 7, 2013
  2. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Jim Inhofe," Accessed October 24, 2011
  3. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  4. Jim Inhofe Vote Smart profile
  5. The Hill, "2012 GOP Lawmaker Endorsements for President," retrieved November 22, 2011
  6. Washington Post "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  7. Washington Post "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  8. U.S. Senate "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  10. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  11. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  12. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  13. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  14. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  15. The Washington Post, "Inhofe will seek reelection," August 8, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Washington Post, "Cruz backed Cornyn, other incumbents, despite no-endorsement pledge," accessed August 26, 2013
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  18. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  24. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  25. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for James M. Inhofe," Accessed April 22, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission "Jim Inhofe Summary Report," Accessed August 5, 2013, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission "Jim Inhofe April Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission "Jim Inhofe July Quarterly," Accessed August 5, 2013
  29. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," Accessed July 11, 2013
  30. Open Secrets "Jim Inhofe 2008 Election Cycle," Accessed October 29, 2011
  31. Gov Track "Jim Inhofe," Accessed June 7, 2013
  32. OpenCongress, "Sen. James Inhofe," accessed August 22, 2013
  33. GovTrack, "Jim Inhofe," Accessed April 17, 2013
  34. LegiStorm "Jim Inhofe"
  35. OpenSecrets.org "James M. Inhofe (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
  36. OpenSecrets.org, "Inhofe, (R-OK), 2010"
  37. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  38. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  39. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
David L. Boren
U.S. Senate - Oklahoma
Succeeded by