James Mountain Inhofe (/ˈɪnhɒf/; born November 17, 1934) is an American politician serving as the senior United States Senator from Oklahoma, a seat he was first elected to in 1994. A member of the Republican Party, he chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2015 to 2017. Inhofe served as the U.S. Representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district from 1987 to 1994 and as mayor of Tulsa from 1978 to 1984.
Inhofe is known for his rejection of the scientific consensus on climate change. He has supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and has proposed the Inhofe Amendment to make English the national language of the United States.
Inhofe served as acting chairman of the Armed Services Committee while John McCain fought cancer in 2018. After McCain’s death, he became chairman.