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Sen. James “Jim” Inhofe

Senator from Oklahoma, Republican

Inhofe, a Republican, is a senator from Oklahoma and has served since Jan 1, 1994 (next election in 2020).

He was previously the representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district (1987-1994).

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Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Inhofe.

Sponsorship Analysis

Our unique analysis of the bills Inhofe has sponsored and cosponsored provides insight into his position in the Senate.

Each dot in the chart below is a member of the Senate. The dots are positioned horizontally according to our progressive—conservative ideology score and vertically according to our leadership score (leaders toward the top). Inhofe is shown as a purple triangle. (analysis methodology)

Committee Membership

James “Jim” Inhofe sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Inhofe was the primary sponsor of 25 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Inhofe sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Transportation and Public Works (21%) International Affairs (18%) Armed Forces and National Security (12%) Energy (12%) Taxation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) Environmental Protection (10%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)

Recent Bills

Some of Inhofe’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Inhofe’s Vote Vote Description
Nay H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Dec 3, 2015. Conference Report Agreed to 83/16.
H.R 22, formerly the Hire More Heroes Act, has become the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647). The DRIVE Act is a major bipartisan transportation bill that would authorize funding ...
Yea H.R. 22: Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act
Jul 30, 2015. Bill Passed 65/34.
This vote turned H.R 22, originally the Hire More Heroes Act, into the Senate’s vehicle for passage of the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act or DRIVE Act (S. 1647), a major bipartisan transportation bill, and the Export-Import Bank Reform and ...
Yea H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
Nay H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
Yea H.R. 4853 (111th): Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010
Dec 15, 2010. Motion Agreed to 81/19.
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known as the 2010 Tax Relief Act, was passed by the United States Congress on December 16, 2010, and signed into ...
Nay H.R. 4137 (110th): Higher Education Opportunity Act
Jul 31, 2008. Conference Report Agreed to 83/8.
Nay H.R. 6 (110th): Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
Dec 13, 2007. Motion Agreed to 86/8.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-140 originally named the Clean Energy Act of 2007) is an Act of Congress concerning the energy policy of the United States. As part of the Democratic Party's 100-Hour Plan during the 110th Congress, it was ...

Missed Votes

From Dec 1994 to Aug 2017, Inhofe missed 313 of 7,343 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is much worse than the median of 1.4% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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