Inhofe is the senior senator from Oklahoma and is a Republican. He has served since Nov 17, 1994. Inhofe is next up for reelection in 2026 and serves until Jan 3, 2027.
He was previously the representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district as a Republican from 1987 to 1994.
Read our 2020 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 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 3, 2017 to Jun 17, 2021. See full analysis methodology.
Ratings from Advocacy Organizations
James “Jim” Inhofe sits on the following committees:
Inhofe was the primary sponsor of 31 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 1790 (116th): National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020
- S. 3043 (116th): Promoting Aviation Regulations for Technical Training (PARTT) 147 Act of 2019
- S. 2840 (116th): Essential National Security Authorities Act for Fiscal Year 2020
- S. 2731 (116th): Essential National Security Authorities Act for Fiscal Year 2020
- S. 3661 (115th): 75th Anniversary of World War II Commemoration Act
- S. 1266 (115th): Enhancing Veteran Care Act
- S. 1860 (115th): PARs Act
Does 31 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 (26%) Armed Forces and National Security (21%) Immigration (13%) Taxation (10%) Government Operations and Politics (10%) International Affairs (8%) Energy (7%) Environmental Protection (5%)
Some of Inhofe’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 1765: Future of Freight Mobility Act of 2021
- S. 1752: National Center for the Advancement of Aviation Act of 2021
- S. 1766: Future Interstate in Oklahoma and Arkansas Act
- S.Res. 217: A resolution designating the week of May 16 through May 22, 2021, as ...
- S.Res. 195: A resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.
- S.Res. 171: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the International Olympic Committee ...
- S. 1326: Domestic Manufacturing Protection Act of 2021
From Dec 1994 to Jun 2021, Inhofe missed 351 of 8,716 roll call votes, which is 4.0%. This is worse than the median of 1.6% 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