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Jim Inhofe
Jim Inhofe.jpg
U.S. Senate, Oklahoma
Incumbent
In office
1995-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 19
PartyRepublican
PredecessorDavid L. Boren (D)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First electedNovember 8, 1994
Next primaryJune 24, 2014
Next general November 4, 2014
Campaign $$10,462,472
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
Net worth$7,522,523
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
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 on November 4, 2008.

His current term will expire January 3, 2015. In August 2013, Inhofe confirmed that he is running for re-election in 2014. "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," he stated.[1] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[2]

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Inhofe's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 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

2013-2014

Inhofe serves on the following Senate committees:[4]

  • 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

2011-2012

Inhofe served on the following Senate committees:[5]

  • 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

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] The Senate has confirmed 16,878 out of 19,009 executive nominations received thus far (88.8%). For more information pertaining to Inhofe's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

National security

John Brennan CIA nomination

Voted "No" Inhofe voted against the confirmation of John Brennan as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 7, 2013, with a vote of 63 - 34. Most Democrats supported the nomination, while Republicans were somewhat divided with roughly one-third supporting the nomination.[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 have been critical that President Obama did not offer 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 1 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]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Neutral/Abstain During the shutdown in October 2013, the Senate rejected, down party lines, every House-originated bill that stripped the budget of funding for the Affordable Care Act. A deal was reached late on October 16, 2013, just hours before the debt ceiling deadline. The bill to reopen the government, H.R. 2775, lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[15] The final vote on H.R. 2775 was 81-18, with all 18 votes against the bill from Republican members. Inhofe was the only senator who did not vote on the bill.[16]

No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013

Voted "No" Inhofe voted against H.R.325 -- No Budget, No Pay Act of 2013. The bill passed the Senate on January 31, 2013, with a vote of 64 - 34. The purpose of the bill was to temporarily suspend the debt ceiling and withhold the pay of members of Congress until a budget could be passed. The vote largely followed party lines with Democrats overwhelmingly supporting it and many Republicans in opposition to the bill.[17]

Immigration

Mexico-U.S. border

Neutral/Abstain Inhofe did not vote on Senate Amendment 1197 -- Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border. The amendment was rejected by the Senate on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 39 - 54. The purpose of the amendment was to require the completion of 350 miles of fence described in the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 before registered provisional immigrant status may be granted. It would also require 700 miles of fence be completed before the status of registered provisional immigrants may be changed to permanent resident status. The vote followed party lines.[18]

Social Issues

Violence Against Women (2013)

Voted "No" Inhofe voted against S.47 -- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. The bill was passed by the Senate on February 12, 2013, with a vote of 78 - 22. The purpose of the bill was to combat violence against women, from domestic violence to international trafficking in persons. All 22 dissenting votes were cast by Republicans.[19]

Previous congressional sessions

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.[20]

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. [21]

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.[22] 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.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Oklahoma, 2014

On August 7, 2013, Inhofe confirmed that he is running for re-election 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.'"[24] He is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary on August 26, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Endorsements

  • Despite a pledge to steer clear of endorsing incumbents, Ted Cruz has financially backed a handful of Senate Republicans, including fellow Texan John Cornyn[25]
    • 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.[25]
    • 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.[25]
  • FreedomWorks endorsed Inhofe on March 17, 2014.[26]

2008

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.[27]

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.[35]

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

2014

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.[36]

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.[37]

Jim Inhofe (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2013$659,217.92$179,808.25$(90,695.90)$748,330.27
July Quarterly[39]July 15, 2013$748,330.27$729,883.36$(263,330.94)$1,214,882.69
October Quarterly[40]October 15, 2013$1,214,882.69$792,260.03$(447,341.60)$1,559,801.12
Year-End Quarterly[41]December 31, 2013$1,559,801$402,572$(375,392)$1,586,981
April Quarterly[42]April 15, 2014$1,580,252.60$286,676.30$(256,653.58)$1,610,275.32
Running totals
$2,391,199.94$(1,433,414.02)

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.[43]

2008

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.[44]


Personal Gain Index

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The aim of the Personal Gain Index (PGI) is to shine a light on how members of the U.S. Congress may benefit from their tenure as public servants. Researchers at the Government Accountability Institute will look at four different metrics pointing to aspects of self-enrichment.
The PGI will consist of the following metrics:

  • Net worth
    • How much did a member's net worth increase or decrease over a specified period?
  • The K-Street metric (coming soon)
    • What percentage of a member's staff were previously lobbyists?
  • Donation concentration (coming soon)
    • What industries are contributing the most to each member?
  • Stock trading (coming soon)
    • What stocks are each member holding in their portfolio?

PGI: Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Inhofe's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $3,534,047 to $11,510,999. That averages to $7,522,523, which is higher than the average net worth of Republican Senate members in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Inhofe ranked as the 18th most wealthy senator in 2012.[45] Between 2004 and 2012, Inhofe‘s net worth increased by 78.3 percent. Between 2004 and 2012, the average increase in the net worth of a congressman was 72.6 percent.

Jim Inhofe Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$4,221,814
2012$7,522,523
Growth from 2004 to 2012:78%
Average annual growth:10%[46]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[47]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Analysis

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.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

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.[51]

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. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.

2012

Inhofe ranked 14th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[52]

2011

Inhofe ranked 9th in the conservative rankings in 2011.[53]

Voting with party

2013

Inhofe voted with the Republican Party 92.0% of the time, which ranked 11th among the 45 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.[54]

Personal

Inhofe and his wife, Kay, have four children.

Death of son

Inhofe's son, Perry, died in a plane crash on November 10, 2013. Perry, an orthopedic surgeon, had learned to fly with his father, an avid pilot, when he was younger.[55]

2013 heart surgery

During the October 2013 government shutdown, Inhofe underwent an emergency quadruple bypass surgery. Doctors had discovered blocked arteries during a colonoscopy. Inhofe released a statement stating:

"I encourage my colleagues in Washington to work with vigilance to reopen the government with a bill that represents Oklahomans and all of Americans. I may miss some upcoming votes on the Continuing Resolution, but my doctors agree I will return soon and even stronger to continue the fight to protect Oklahomans' freedoms."[56]

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See also

External links


References

  1. The Washington Post, "Inhofe will seek re-election," August 8, 2013
  2. CNN Politics, "Inhofe to seek re-election," August 7, 2013
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress, "Jim Inhofe," accessed October 24, 2011
  4. Congressional Quarterly, "Senate Committee List," accessed January 22, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed April 2, 2014
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. Project Vote Smart, "PN 48 - Nomination of John Brennan to be Director of the Central Intelligence Agency - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 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, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  16. Senate.gov, "H.R. 2775 As Amended," accessed October 31, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "HR 325 - To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "S Amdt 1197 - Requires the Completion of the Fence Along the United States-Mexico Border - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "S 47 - Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Voting Record," accessed September 25, 2013
  20. U.S. Senate, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  21. The Hill, "2012 GOP lawmaker endorsements for president," accessed November 22, 2011
  22. Washington Post, "Congressional earmarks sometimes used to fund projects near lawmakers' properties," February 6, 2012
  23. Washington Post, "Mapping the earmarks," February 6, 2012
  24. The Washington Post, "Inhofe will seek re-election," August 8, 2013
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 Washington Post, "Cruz backed Cornyn, other incumbents, despite no-endorsement pledge," accessed August 26, 2013
  26. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  27. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 2002," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 5, 1996," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1994," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 3, 1992," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 6, 1990," accessed March 28, 2013
  33. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 8, 1988," accessed March 28, 2013
  34. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 1986," accessed March 28, 2013
  35. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for James M. Inhofe," accessed April 22, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Inhofe Summary Report," accessed August 5, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Inhofe Summary Report," accessed August 5, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed August 5, 2013
  40. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 28, 2013
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 13, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 22, 2014
  43. Politico, "Top 10 Hill recipients of defense contributions," accessed July 11, 2013
  44. Open Secrets, "Jim Inhofe 2008 Election Cycle," accessed October 29, 2011
  45. Open Secrets, "Inhofe, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  46. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  47. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  48. GovTrack, "Jim Inhofe," accessed June 7, 2013
  49. OpenCongress, "Sen. James Inhofe," accessed August 22, 2013
  50. GovTrack, "Jim Inhofe," accessed April 17, 2013
  51. LegiStorm, "Jim Inhofe"
  52. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," March 7, 2013
  53. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  54. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  55. Politico, "Report: Jim Inhofe son dies in plane crash," accessed November 11, 2013
  56. The Washington Post, "Sen. Inhofe recovering from heart surgery," accessed October 8, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
David L. Boren
U.S. Senate - Oklahoma
1994-Present
Succeeded by
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