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Jim Inhofe
United States Senator
from Oklahoma
Incumbent
Assumed office
November 16, 1994
Serving with James Lankford
Preceded by David Boren
Chairman of the
Senate Environment Committee
In office
January 3, 2015 – January 3, 2017
Preceded by Barbara Boxer
Succeeded by John Barrasso
In office
January 3, 2003 – January 3, 2007
Preceded by Jim Jeffords
Succeeded by Barbara Boxer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1987 – November 15, 1994
Preceded by James R. Jones
Succeeded by Steve Largent
32nd Mayor of Tulsa
In office
1978–1984
Preceded by Robert LaFortune
Succeeded by Terry Young
Personal details
Born James Mountain Inhofe
November 17, 1934 (1934-11-17) (age 84)
Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kay Kirkpatrick
Children 4
Website Senate website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1956–1958
Rank Army-USA-OR-04b.svg Specialist 4

James Mountain Inhofe (born November 17, 1934) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Oklahoma, a seat he was first elected to in 1994.

A member of the Republican Party, he chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 until 2017. Inhofe previously served seven years as the U.S. Representative (1987–1994) and six as Mayor of Tulsa (1978–1984).

Inhofe is most well known for his denial of global warming. He supports a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and has proposed the Inhofe Amendment to make English the national language of the United States.

Inhofe worked as a businessman for 30 years before becoming a full-time politician. He worked in the field of aviation, as a real estate developer, and in insurance, eventually becoming the president of the Quaker Life Insurance Company. During the time he worked for Quaker Life, the company went into receivership; it was liquidated in 1986.

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