“Long-Serving Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, Climate Change Skeptic, Dies at 89”

James Inhofe, Long-Serving Oklahoma Senator and Climate Change Skeptic, Dies at 89

James Inhofe, the long-serving Republican senator from Oklahoma known for his staunch conservative views and skepticism of climate change science, passed away at the age of 89, as reported by the Tulsa World on Tuesday.

Inhofe’s political career spanned six decades, beginning with his election to the U.S. Senate in 1994, where he became the longest-serving senator in Oklahoma’s history. Prior to his tenure in the Senate, Inhofe served eight years in the U.S. House of Representatives, four years as mayor of Tulsa, and a decade in the Oklahoma Legislature.

Born in 1934, Inhofe was deeply rooted in Oklahoma politics. He ran as the Republican nominee for governor in 1974 but was defeated by Democrat David Boren, whom he later succeeded in the Senate.

During his time in the Senate, Inhofe chaired two influential committees: the Armed Services Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee. His leadership on the latter committee was marked by his vocal opposition to mainstream climate science, famously bringing a snowball onto the Senate floor to challenge the consensus on global warming, despite widespread scientific agreement.

Colleagues and politicians across the spectrum paid tribute to Inhofe’s legacy. Rep. Kevin Hern of Tulsa described him as a dear friend and mentor, highlighting Inhofe’s dedication to public service and advocacy for military members.

Inhofe’s personal life included his marriage to Kay Kirkpatrick in 1959 and their four children. Tragically, his son Perry Inhofe died in a plane crash in 2013.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell praised Inhofe’s contributions, emphasizing his role in advancing American energy policies and strengthening national security through military modernization.

Inhofe’s passing marks the end of an era in Oklahoma politics, leaving behind a legacy of conservative leadership and unwavering advocacy for his beliefs.

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