Read our 2016 Report Card for Inhofe.
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)
James “Jim” Inhofe sits on the following committees:
- Senate Committee on Armed Services
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
- Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet
- Member, Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security
- Member, Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard
- Member, Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security
- Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
- Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Inhofe was the primary sponsor of 20 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:
- S. 2848 (114th): Water Resources Development Act of 2016
- S. 3217 (114th): A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to provide for an annuity supplement for certain air traffic controllers.
- S. 571 (114th): Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2
- 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. 1335 (112th): Pilot’s Bill of Rights
- S. 3268 (112th): Pilot’s Bill of Rights
- S. 802 (112th): Lake Thunderbird Efficient Use Act of 2011
We consider a bill enacted if it is enacted or if about one third or more of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted, as determined by an automated text analysis.
Inhofe sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:
International Affairs (20%) Transportation and Public Works (18%) Environmental Protection (12%) Energy (12%) Taxation (12%) Government Operations and Politics (11%) Armed Forces and National Security (9%) Crime and Law Enforcement (6%)
Some of Inhofe’s most recently sponsored bills include...
- S. 822: BUILD Act
- S. 755: Fairness for Pilots Act
- S. 678: English Language Unity Act of 2017
- S.J.Res. 28: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, ...
- S. 335: Federal Land Freedom Act of 2017
- S. 334: Fracturing Regulations are Effective in State Hands Act
- S.J.Res. 9: A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8, of title 5, ...
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|Inhofe’s Vote||Vote Description|
H.R. 5325: Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 2017
Sep 28, 2016. Bill Passed 72/26.
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 ...
H.R. 5771 (113th): Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014
Dec 16, 2014. Bill Passed 76/16.
H.J.Res. 124 (113th): Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015
Sep 18, 2014. Joint Resolution Passed 78/22.
H.J.Res. 48 (112th): Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
Mar 17, 2011. Joint Resolution Passed 87/13.
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 ...
H.R. 4137 (110th): Higher Education Opportunity Act
Jul 31, 2008. Conference Report Agreed to 83/8.
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 ...
From Dec 1994 to Apr 2017, Inhofe missed 310 of 7,272 roll call votes, which is 4.3%. This is much worse than the median of 1.3% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.
|Time Period||Votes Eligible||Missed Votes||Percent||Percentile|
The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including:
- The House and Senate websites, for committee membership and voting records
- Congressional Biographical Directory for elected positions
- 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
- GPO.gov/FDSys, for sponsored bills