Former U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe dead at 89

July 9, 2024 | Featured|Headlines

TULSA — Former Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe died today in Tulsa at the age of 89.

Inhofe served Oklahoma as U.S. Senator from 1994 until 2023.

In Ponca City he was known for flying his plane to Ponca City Regional Airport for the
Monthly Fly In Breakfast. To see photos and a video of Inhofe at the breakfast click here.

Longtime Ponca City News reporter Louise Abercrombie covered Inhofe for many years.
“I went to the airport many times over the years to meet with Inhofe at the breakfast. Sometimes he would fly in upside down to be funny. He was always willing to share his thoughts and views on current legislation.”

Rep. Ken Luttrell said that we have lost a true statesman.
“The state and nation has lost a true statesman. One that never lost touch with his constituents in his home state. He was someone that I always admired and I valued his input and suggestions.”

Other state leaders who have shared their thoughts are:

House Democratic Leader Cyndi Munson, D-Oklahoma City.
“My condolences go out to the family and friends of Senator Jim Inhofe. He was a tenacious leader, state representative, and United States Senator who stood firm in his convictions. He bravely served our country in more ways than one and has left a long lasting impact on the State of Oklahoma.”
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe was the longest serving U.S. senator in Oklahoma history. His political career spanned over six decades.

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City.
“Few have done more than James Mountain Inhofe for the people of Oklahoma. From supporting countless miles of infrastructure development, standing up for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, his commitment to our men and women in uniform, or his unwavering commitment to conservative values, and so much more, Oklahoma lost an irreplaceable legend.”

Speaker Charles McCall
“Sen. Jim Inhofe was someone who truly lived up to his middle name of Mountain. A giant in 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 U.S. Senate who were as well-respected and revered as Sen. Inhofe, and we truly will not see his like again. My condolences go out to his family during this extremely difficult time.”

Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City
“Senator Inhofe was a resolute Republican who served his state and nation for nearly six decades in various roles,” Pro Tem Treat said. “Unwavering in his beliefs and conservative values, he championed many causes during his career, including his support for the military, national defense and infrastructure. His dedication and influence in shaping policies in both Oklahoma and on a national level have left a lasting impact. My wife Maressa and I send our heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family and many friends.”