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AP source: Oklahoma GOP Sen. Inhofe to announce retirement

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to announce soon that he will retire from Congress before his six-year term is up, triggering a special election this year in Oklahoma to pick his replacement, according to a person with direct knowledge of the senator’s plans.

Inhofe, 87, is expected to serve until the current session of Congress ends in January, the person said. He was elected to a fifth Senate term in 2020. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details.

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The timing of the announcement is related to a quirk in Oklahoma law that requires the governor to call a special election if a lawmaker announces they intend to retire before March 1. The special election would be held concurrently with the statewide primary, runoff and general election. Inhofe’s chief of staff is expected to run for the Senate seat and Inhofe is expected to support his candidacy, the person said.

Republicans will be heavily favored to retain the seat, as Oklahoma hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1990.

Inhofe’s announcement is likely to trigger a series of announcements from Republicans planning to run for the seat. Among those expected to consider the race are Republican U.S. Reps. Kevin Hern and Markwayne Mullin, former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, and Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond, who is currently running for attorney general. Oklahoma’s three-day filing period begins April 13.

“This is going to be the most substantial shakeup in Oklahoma politics since at least 1994,” said Pat McFerron, a Republican pollster and consultant in Oklahoma City. That year, Inhofe won the U.S. Senate seat in a special election and Republicans captured three U.S. House seats.

A longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics, Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He first won the Senate seat in a special election in 1994 after then-Democratic Sen. David Boren stepped down to become president of the University of Oklahoma. Before that, Inhofe served in the Oklahoma House, Oklahoma Senate and three terms as Tulsa’s mayor before winning a seat in the U.S. House.

“There’s been nobody who’s done more to protect and promote Oklahoma’s infrastructure, particularly military infrastructure, than Jim Inhofe,” McFerron said. “He’s been a vital part of Oklahoma’s federal delegation for my entire adult life and a seminal figure in Oklahoma politics.”

Inhofe, a staunch conservative, has long dismissed global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor during a Washington snowstorm to prove his point.

Even so, as longtime chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he worked closely with liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to enact a number of environmental laws, including a sweeping 2016 law to impose new regulations on tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture.

Inhofe was a strong backer of former President Donald Trump, who praised him for his “incredible support of our #MAGA agenda” while endorsing the senator’s 2020 reelection bid. Inhofe won re-election that year with nearly 63% of the vote in a five-candidate race.

In 2021, Inhofe defied some in his party by voting to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, saying that to do otherwise would be a violation of his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. He voted against convicting Trump at both of his impeachment trials.


Good.

There should be a 2-term Limit for Senators and a 80-year age limit.
 

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Good.

There should be a 2-term Limit for Senators and a 80-year age limit.
Why? Was there anything especially bad this Senator did in his last seven years or three terms? I honestly don't know and can only judge based on what was written here but that all seems fairly standard, and certainly nothing you couldn't also get from a 40-year-old first termer.

There are certainly politicians who go on longer than they should - for the good of themselves and their constituents - but I'm not convinced fixed age or term limits would really help with that, and would risk forcing out some who are still doing a good job.
 

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Oklahoma ranks 48th in health care. Oklahoma ranks 42nd in Education and overall, ranks 43rd in multiple metrics across eight categories.
The populace in that state might want to sit down and think a little-bit-more in who and what they vote for.

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Wonder what sort of Qanon crank will they elect to replace him?

They need another Fred Harris.
 

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Wonder what sort of Qanon crank will they elect to replace him?

They need another Fred Harris.

OK actually will have 2 Senate races this year.

The regular race with Sen. Lankford (R) - which he’ll win easily.

And the Inhofe replacement race, in which Rep. to the US House Mullin (R) could run.

Maybe Kendra Horn (D), a former US House Rep. between 2019-21, could run against him.

But her chances statewide are very slim. Maybe 2018 gubernatorial candidate Drew Edmondson (D) could run too. He got a respectable 43% in 2018. But even this 43% shows how Republican the state is.
 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to announce soon that he will retire from Congress before his six-year term is up, triggering a special election this year in Oklahoma to pick his replacement, according to a person with direct knowledge of the senator’s plans.

Inhofe, 87, is expected to serve until the current session of Congress ends in January, the person said. He was elected to a fifth Senate term in 2020. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details.

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The timing of the announcement is related to a quirk in Oklahoma law that requires the governor to call a special election if a lawmaker announces they intend to retire before March 1. The special election would be held concurrently with the statewide primary, runoff and general election. Inhofe’s chief of staff is expected to run for the Senate seat and Inhofe is expected to support his candidacy, the person said.

Republicans will be heavily favored to retain the seat, as Oklahoma hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1990.

Inhofe’s announcement is likely to trigger a series of announcements from Republicans planning to run for the seat. Among those expected to consider the race are Republican U.S. Reps. Kevin Hern and Markwayne Mullin, former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, and Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond, who is currently running for attorney general. Oklahoma’s three-day filing period begins April 13.

“This is going to be the most substantial shakeup in Oklahoma politics since at least 1994,” said Pat McFerron, a Republican pollster and consultant in Oklahoma City. That year, Inhofe won the U.S. Senate seat in a special election and Republicans captured three U.S. House seats.

A longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics, Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He first won the Senate seat in a special election in 1994 after then-Democratic Sen. David Boren stepped down to become president of the University of Oklahoma. Before that, Inhofe served in the Oklahoma House, Oklahoma Senate and three terms as Tulsa’s mayor before winning a seat in the U.S. House.

“There’s been nobody who’s done more to protect and promote Oklahoma’s infrastructure, particularly military infrastructure, than Jim Inhofe,” McFerron said. “He’s been a vital part of Oklahoma’s federal delegation for my entire adult life and a seminal figure in Oklahoma politics.”

Inhofe, a staunch conservative, has long dismissed global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor during a Washington snowstorm to prove his point.

Even so, as longtime chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he worked closely with liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to enact a number of environmental laws, including a sweeping 2016 law to impose new regulations on tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture.

Inhofe was a strong backer of former President Donald Trump, who praised him for his “incredible support of our #MAGA agenda” while endorsing the senator’s 2020 reelection bid. Inhofe won re-election that year with nearly 63% of the vote in a five-candidate race.

In 2021, Inhofe defied some in his party by voting to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, saying that to do otherwise would be a violation of his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. He voted against convicting Trump at both of his impeachment trials.


Good.

There should be a 2-term Limit for Senators and a 80-year age limit.
Interesting timing. I wonder why he didn't wait until March 1, and let the governor appoint a successor? (The article does say "plans to announce" - so I suppose he could still do that).
 

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So the Senator from Phillips Petroleum and Kerr-McGee is retiring?????

I wonder who big oil will pick to carry on his “legacy”.
 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to announce soon that he will retire from Congress before his six-year term is up, triggering a special election this year in Oklahoma to pick his replacement, according to a person with direct knowledge of the senator’s plans.

Inhofe, 87, is expected to serve until the current session of Congress ends in January, the person said. He was elected to a fifth Senate term in 2020. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive details.

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The timing of the announcement is related to a quirk in Oklahoma law that requires the governor to call a special election if a lawmaker announces they intend to retire before March 1. The special election would be held concurrently with the statewide primary, runoff and general election. Inhofe’s chief of staff is expected to run for the Senate seat and Inhofe is expected to support his candidacy, the person said.

Republicans will be heavily favored to retain the seat, as Oklahoma hasn’t sent a Democrat to the Senate since 1990.

Inhofe’s announcement is likely to trigger a series of announcements from Republicans planning to run for the seat. Among those expected to consider the race are Republican U.S. Reps. Kevin Hern and Markwayne Mullin, former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, and Tulsa attorney Gentner Drummond, who is currently running for attorney general. Oklahoma’s three-day filing period begins April 13.

“This is going to be the most substantial shakeup in Oklahoma politics since at least 1994,” said Pat McFerron, a Republican pollster and consultant in Oklahoma City. That year, Inhofe won the U.S. Senate seat in a special election and Republicans captured three U.S. House seats.

A longtime fixture in Oklahoma politics, Inhofe is the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. He first won the Senate seat in a special election in 1994 after then-Democratic Sen. David Boren stepped down to become president of the University of Oklahoma. Before that, Inhofe served in the Oklahoma House, Oklahoma Senate and three terms as Tulsa’s mayor before winning a seat in the U.S. House.

“There’s been nobody who’s done more to protect and promote Oklahoma’s infrastructure, particularly military infrastructure, than Jim Inhofe,” McFerron said. “He’s been a vital part of Oklahoma’s federal delegation for my entire adult life and a seminal figure in Oklahoma politics.”

Inhofe, a staunch conservative, has long dismissed global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor during a Washington snowstorm to prove his point.

Even so, as longtime chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, he worked closely with liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., to enact a number of environmental laws, including a sweeping 2016 law to impose new regulations on tens of thousands of toxic chemicals in products such as household cleaners, clothing and furniture.

Inhofe was a strong backer of former President Donald Trump, who praised him for his “incredible support of our #MAGA agenda” while endorsing the senator’s 2020 reelection bid. Inhofe won re-election that year with nearly 63% of the vote in a five-candidate race.

In 2021, Inhofe defied some in his party by voting to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, saying that to do otherwise would be a violation of his oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. He voted against convicting Trump at both of his impeachment trials.


Good.

There should be a 2-term Limit for Senators and a 80-year age limit.
Nothing of value will be lost.
 

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Inhofe is basically the 6th out of 50 Republican Senators who’s retiring this year.

3 of the 6 are from heavy Republican states though and OH is also kinda Republican these days.

Only Pennsylvania and North Carolina are in play due to these retirements.

Only one D Senator has retired (in safe D Vermont).
 

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Why? Was there anything especially bad this Senator did in his last seven years or three terms? I honestly don't know and can only judge based on what was written here but that all seems fairly standard, and certainly nothing you couldn't also get from a 40-year-old first termer.

There are certainly politicians who go on longer than they should - for the good of themselves and their constituents - but I'm not convinced fixed age or term limits would really help with that, and would risk forcing out some who are still doing a good job.
Well, he did destroy the whole climate change movement by bringing a snowball into Congress. The anniversary of that event is tomorrow. Happened during the warmest year on record up til then. Go figure.
 

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Sounds like a satisfaction survey.

If the state's residents were UN-happy with the services offered by the state, they would rank it lower.

If the state's residents were HAPPY with the services, they would rank it higher.

A survey of this type might be accurate and might be only a reflection of high or low expectations held by those surveyed.

In a Woody Allen Movie years ago a therapist asks each member of a couple how often they have sex.

The man says, "Almost never- 2 or three times a week".

The woman says, "All the time- 2 or 3 times a week".

The subjective and the objective can be separated widely.

Anyway, thanks for the link.
 

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Well, he did destroy the whole climate change movement by bringing a snowball into Congress. The anniversary of that event is tomorrow. Happened during the warmest year on record up til then. Go figure.
When I hear his name, this is what immediately comes to mind. What a legacy.
 

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When I hear his name, this is what immediately comes to mind. What a legacy.
And I believe that when the GOP controled the Senate, he was chair (fox) of the committee on the environment (hen house).
 

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Sounds like a satisfaction survey.

If the state's residents were UN-happy with the services offered by the state, they would rank it lower.

If the state's residents were HAPPY with the services, they would rank it higher.

A survey of this type might be accurate and might be only a reflection of high or low expectations held by those surveyed.

In a Woody Allen Movie years ago a therapist asks each member of a couple how often they have sex.

The man says, "Almost never- 2 or three times a week".

The woman says, "All the time- 2 or 3 times a week".

The subjective and the objective can be separated widely.

Anyway, thanks for the link.

Russians are highly unlikely to give honest responses in a country run by the secret police.
 

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87 and one year into a 6 year term?


HELLO>>>>>>>
 

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Oklahoma ranks 48th in health care. Oklahoma ranks 42nd in Education and overall, ranks 43rd in multiple metrics across eight categories.
The populace in that state might want to sit down and think a little-bit-more in who and what they vote for.
They should but they won't.

It's solidly red because voters don't know the difference between "interests" as in hobbies and religious beliefs, and interests as in what's economically good for them.
 

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Why even run in 2020 if you’re going to retire midway through your term?
 

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Why even run in 2020 if you’re going to retire midway through your term?
He's old as shit. It's probably a developing health problem.
 

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He's old as shit. It's probably a developing health problem.
Probably why someone in their late 80s shouldn’t be running for senate seats. We need a mandatory retirement age.
 

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Probably why someone in their late 80s shouldn’t be running for senate seats. We need a mandatory retirement age.
I propose 60.
 

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Russians are highly unlikely to give honest responses in a country run by the secret police.

I suppose you're right.

How does that attach in any way to my post?
 
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