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REPORT: Sen. Jim Inhofe Dead At 89

Former Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma died Tuesday at age 89, a source close to his family said.

Inhofe served as mayor of Tulsa, represented Oklahoma in the House of Representatives from 1987 to 1994 and served in the Senate from 1994 to 2023, making him the longest-serving senator from Oklahoma.

Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony for the 117th Congress with Vice President Mike Pence, with his wife Kay Inhofe holding a Bible, in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch Pool/Getty Images)

Republican Oklahoma Rep. Kevin Hahn released a statement following his death.

“Senator Jim Inhofe was a dear friend, mentor, giant in Oklahoma and an incredibly effective leader in Washington, D.C.,” Hahn said. “Tammy and I remember Kay and the rest of the Inhofe family in our prayers. Jim dedicated his life to serving our country in uniform and in Congress. He will always be remembered as a warrior, especially for his military members. Jim's legacy of service, leadership and faith reflects the Oklahoma Standard and the pride he took in his work. I join family, friends and the many Oklahomans who knew and loved him in mourning the loss of a great man.”

(This is a developing story. More details will be added as they become available.)


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