James Inhofe on Principles & Values

Republican Sr Senator (OK)


AdWatch: Keep Socialist wolves far from Oklahoma's borders

Inhofe's latest TV ad features a folksy narrator listing his character attributes before shifting to a darker tone. The dangers of liberals, progressives and socialists are also extolled; "Some want Big Brother to grow bigger. Those people are called Socialists; liberals; progressives. They are not called Oklahomans."

The ad closes with an ominous message: "Serving us is Jim's life. Keeping wolves far from Oklahoma's borders." Though [Democratic nominee Abby] Broyles isn't mentioned by name, it's implied she and other progressive Democrats like her are a danger to Oklahoma.

"I don't know much about her other than being pretty extreme," Inhofe said. "It's something she wants very badly. What her motive is, I don't know. I don't care. It's just that hers is not a philosophy that is really consistent with me or the people of Oklahoma, judging from past elections."

Broyles' most recent TV ad fires back, panning Inhofe for being in elected office for 53 years and missing votes in the Senate.

Source: Nondoc.com Adwatch on 2020 Oklahoma Senate race , Sep 22, 2020

Judeo-Christian values established our government framework

Question topic: Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Inhofe: Disagree

Question topic: Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Inhofe: Strongly Agree.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

Flying is his passion, but lost his son in plane accident

Q: For Senator Jim Inhofe, flying is his passion. He got his pilot license as a young man, and he is known to fly himself to campaign events. That skill, he says, got him into the US Senate. A love passed down to his son Perry. But last month, a family tradition turned tragic. Perry Inhofe crashed while flying a twin engine plane outside Tulsa. He was one day short of his 52nd birthday. He had a lot of training just like you?

INHOFE: He had a lot more training than me. My other son and I are not quite as meticulous as Perry has always been about flying by the numbers, doing everything right. He was 100%.

Q: When you go through this kind of personal loss, you recognize that you've got some support around you. Talk a little bit about that.

INHOFE: I have gotten at least as many communications from some of my Democrat friends. And so something like this happens, and all of a sudden, the old barriers that were there, the old differences, those things that keep us apart just disappear.

Source: Meet the Press 2013, on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race , Dec 22, 2013

Middle name "Mountain," after mother's maiden name

On Dec. 3, 2009, just before the Copenhagen climate conference, Rachel Maddow aired a 5-minute segment featuring me, the "unmovable" denier:

Announcer: For climate change activists, James Mountain Inhofe is an inconvenient truth. The "M." stands for Mountain. His name is James Mountain Inhofe and what a mighty unyielding alp he is. All others are just foothills.

Rachel: His middle name is ACTUALLY Mountain?

Kent: For real. Mountain. James Mountain Inhofe.

Rachel: Did he really suggest that the Weather Channel was trying to boost its ratings?

Kent: He said they'd like that.

When they asked me what I thought about the clip, "I've really grown to like that gal. She thinks she's saying such hateful things about me, but they're all true-- including the Mountain part. Mountain is my mother's maiden name. If I'm indeed a 'mountain of indignation' for global warming activists, as Rachel claimed, it's only because I was a vehicle for the truth and that was an insurmountable obstacle for them.

Source: The Greatest Hoax, by James Inhofe, p.105-106 , Feb 28, 2012

A workhorse Senator among show horse Senators

Paul Weyrich [published a piece entitled], "Senator Inhofe: Transportation, Work and Achievement" on September 12, 2006:

"When I came to work in the US Senate, 40 years ago this January, I quickly learned that there are 2 kinds of Senators-- workhorses and show horses.

I have watched over the years the Senators who never met a microphone they didn't try to get in front of. Then I have watched the Senators who work quietly on matters vital to the nation but who get very little coverage for doing so.

One of the workhorse Senators is James M. Inhofe (R-OK). His is hardly a household name outside his own state, where he wins by landslide margins. In the Senate he doggedly works on various pieces of non-sexy legislation."

Source: The Greatest Hoax, by James Inhofe, p.179 , Feb 28, 2012

Voted with Republican Party 88.1% of 311 votes.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Republican Party 88.1% of 311 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, "Congress Votes Database" on 2008 election , Sep 8, 2007

Voted NO on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
"In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law--it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination; Bill PN506 ; vote number 2009-S262 on Aug 6, 2009

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Presbyterian.

Inhofe : religious affiliation:

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Certify 2020 Presidential election as fully & fairly counted.

Inhofe voted NAY blocking certification of the Electoral vote

Explanation of 1/6/21 Electoral Certification, by Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner:Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar led an objection to counting Electoral College votes from the state of Arizona, the first formal objection to state results in a series of moves that will delay the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election over President Trump. Cruz is advocating for an `emergency 10-day audit` of election returns in disputed states. The usually ceremonial joint session of Congress that convenes to count and accept Electoral College votes will be put on hold as the House and Senate separately debate the objection.