Read our 2018 Report Card for Inhofe.
Inhofe is shown as a purple triangle ▲ in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the Senate positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).
The chart is based on the bills Inhofe has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Aug 1, 2019. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
James “Jim” Inhofe sits on the following committees:
Senate Committee on Armed Services
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Airland
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Personnel
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on SeaPower
- Ex Officio, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Ex Officio, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Member, Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
- Member, Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
- Member, Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Inhofe was the primary sponsor of 27 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 3661 (115th): 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act
- S. 1266: Enhancing Veteran Care Act
- S. 1860: PARs Act
- S. 3217 (114th): A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers.
- S. 261 (114th): A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 200 NW 4th Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as the William J. Holloway, Jr. United States Courthouse.
- S. 2614 (113th): A bill to amend certain provisions of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
- S. 1335 (112th): Pilot’s Bill of Rights
Does 27 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.
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 at least about half 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).
Inhofe sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
Transportation and Public Works (24%) Armed Forces and National Security (20%) Taxation (11%) International Affairs (11%) Energy (10%) Government Operations and Politics (8%) Immigration (8%) Environmental Protection (7%)
Some of Inhofe’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 2377: Medicaid Accountability Act
- S. 2292: Asylum Abuse Reduction Act
- S. 2198: PLANE Act of 2019
- S. 1790: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
- S.Res. 213: A resolution designating the week of May 19 through May 25, 2019, as ...
- S. 1464: Law Enforcement Training for Mental Health Crisis Response Act of 2019
- S.Res. 203: A resolution recognizing the 80th anniversary of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
From Dec 1994 to Aug 2019, Inhofe missed 331 of 8,017 roll call votes, which is 4.1%. This is much worse than the median of 1.5% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.
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The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- unitedstates/congress-legislators, a community project gathering congressional information
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- United States Congressional Roll Call Voting Records, 1789-1990 by Howard L. Rosenthal and Keith T. Poole.
- Martis’s “The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress”, via Keith Poole’s roll call votes data set, for political party affiliation for Members of Congress from 1789 through about year 2000
- GPO Member Guide for the photo
- GovInfo.gov, for sponsored bills