GOP Senator Retiring Early

GOP Senator Retiring Early

( – Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has faithfully served the people of Oklahoma for more than half a century, first in the Oklahoma House and Senate, before moving into national politics. He served in the US House of Representatives for seven years, beginning in 1987, before moving to the US Senate in 1994. In July 2021, Tulsa World reported he would not seek an additional term when his current one expires in 2026. However, he recently moved up the clock on his retirement.

On Friday, February 25, Inhofe announced his resignation, effective on January 3, 2023. He stated that although his retirement was “bittersweet,” he and his wife of more than 60 years came to the decision “with a clear heart.”

Inhofe wrote that one constant remained throughout his years in office: “making the world safer and better” for his children and grandchildren and the “next generation of Oklahomans.”

Inhofe phoned in his resignation to Luke Holland, his chief of staff, who hosted a press conference on the Senator’s behalf due to his ongoing recovery from COVID-19.

Holland announced his resignation the night before his intent to run for Inhofe’s seat in an upcoming special election. Election officials haven’t set a date yet for it, but the veteran Senator already endorsed Holland.

Local NBC-affiliated television station KFOR-TV reached out to several other possible contenders to fill the rest of Inhofe’s term. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) and Gov. Kevin Stitt (R-OK) said they would not run. However, Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Kevin Hern (R-OK) indicated they might toss their hats in the ring. It remains unclear what Democrats might run in the long-standing red state.

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