James Inhofe, Oklahoma’s Longest-Serving Congressman, Dies at 89

In a quiet moment amidst the festive hum of the 4th of July holiday, the political world bid farewell to one of its stalwarts. James Inhofe, former U.S. senator and a towering figure in Republican politics, passed away peacefully surrounded by family.

At 89, Inhofe’s storied career spanned nearly four decades, leaving an indelible mark on Oklahoma and the nation.

A native of Tulsa, Inhofe’s journey began in the heartland, from the halls of Central High School to the University of Tulsa. His political ascent saw him become Tulsa’s mayor before he ventured to the national stage. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1986, Inhofe’s trajectory led him to the Senate in 1994, where he served for an impressive 28 years.

Known for his unwavering conservative values, Inhofe prided himself on his forthright advocacy and effective campaigns. His political prowess was undeniable, winning 28 out of 31 elections without a single runoff. Throughout his tenure, he faced 57 opponents, each time securing the trust and support of Oklahomans.

As Oklahoma’s longest-serving congressman, his legacy is cemented in the annals of the state’s history.

Services for James Inhofe are pending.


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