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Remembering the Legacy of Former Senator Jim Inhofe



Remembering The Legacy Of Former Senator Jim Inhofe

Former United States Senator Jim Inhofe, a prominent figure in Oklahoma politics, has passed away at the age of 89, leaving behind a legacy of public service and dedication.

Inhofe’s political career spanned several decades, beginning in the Oklahoma House of Representatives before his successful terms as mayor of Tulsa and later in the U.S. Senate. He was known for his strong stance on issues such as the environment and infrastructure.

Throughout his career, Inhofe made significant contributions to Oklahoma, including securing funding for the environmental cleanup of the Tar Creek Superfund Site in Picher. He also gained national attention for his controversial views on climate change, often referred to as a ‘hoax.’

Despite his divisive positions, Inhofe was respected for his bipartisan efforts, collaborating with Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer on critical issues like transportation and infrastructure.

Born in Iowa, Inhofe moved to Tulsa at a young age and later attended Central High School before graduating from the University of Tulsa. He had a profound impact on Tulsa, serving as mayor and implementing key initiatives like the city’s first third-penny sales tax for infrastructure improvements.

Inhofe’s dedication to veterans affairs, aviation, and infrastructure was unwavering, garnering admiration from those who worked closely with him, including Shawn Kirkland from the Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs.

His passing has elicited heartfelt tributes from Oklahoma leaders, with Governor Kevin Stitt ordering flags to be flown at half-staff in his honor. U.S. Representative Kevin Hern referred to Inhofe as a mentor, highlighting his impactful leadership and advocacy for military service members.

Throughout his career, Inhofe left an indelible mark on Oklahoma’s infrastructure, with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation announcing plans to name the new I-40/Douglas interchange in his honor, a testament to his commitment to the state’s development.

University of Tulsa President Brad Carson also paid tribute to Inhofe, recognizing his alma mater’s alum for his dedication to a prosperous state and strong military.

Rachel Adams

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