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Oklahoma politicians react to former Sen. Jim Inhofe’s death

Former Sen. Jim Inhofe, 89, died Tuesday morning.

The Oklahoma Republican made a lasting impact on state and national politics. Funeral arrangements are pending. But political figures expressed their support for Inhofe’s family in the wake of his death.

Here are some of their reactions.

Late. James Lankford

Oklahoma’s now senior senator served alongside Inhofe. He offered the following statement.

“Cindy and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Oklahoma’s favorite son, Senator Jim Inhofe. We join our state and nation in mourning the loss of a true patriot for our American values ​​and way of life. Jim was an institution in the Senate. He kept his relationship to Jesus, his family and all Oklahomans as his priority. His passion for our military, aviation, energy, Africa and our personal freedom was vital to our state and our nation. He was a true legend and a force to be reckoned with.

“Cindy and I join his wife Kay, their children, grandchildren, friends and other Oklahomans in praying for peace and comfort as they go through this difficult season.”

Late. Markwayne Mullin

When Inhofe retired in 2023, Mullin was chosen to fill his seat in the Senate.

Rope. Kevin Hern, District 1

Rope. Josh Brecheen, District 2

Rope. Frank Lucas, District 3

Lucas was first elected to Congress in 1994, the same year Inhofe left the House of Representatives to serve in the Senate. The two represented Oklahoma together, albeit in separate chambers, for nearly 30 years.

Rope. Tom Cole, District 4

Rope. Stephanie Bice, District 5

Lieutenant Matt Pinnell

Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City

Treat released a statement:

“Senator Inhofe was a resolute Republican who served his state and nation for nearly six decades in a variety of roles,” Pro Tem Treat said. “Unwavering in his faith and conservative values, he championed many causes throughout his career, including his support of the military, national defense, and infrastructure. His involvement and influence in shaping policy both in Oklahoma and at the national level has left a lasting impact. My wife Maressa and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family and many friends.

Oklahoma Speaker of the House Rep. Charles McCall, R-Atoka

McCall released a statement:

“Sen. Jim Inhofe was someone who truly lived up to his middle name, Mountain. A giant of Oklahoma and American politics, his steadfast leadership helped shape the course of our state and nation for decades. His contributions to our nation’s military and aviation infrastructure will benefit our country for generations to come, and his commitment to his conservative values ​​was unwavering.There are few who have served in the United States Senate who were as respected and revered as Senator Inhofe, and we will certainly not see his like again.My condolences goes out to his family during this extremely difficult time.”

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt

Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum

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