Inhofe is one of six current members of the chamber to have notched record-setting service from their state
Oklahoma Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe announced this week he was cutting his sixth term short and resigning at the end of the 117th Congress this January.
Inhofe is already the longest-serving Oklahoma U.S. Senator in history – at 27 years, 3 months, and 11 days through February 27th. [That number would reach 28 years, 1 month, 18 days on January 3, 2023].
Only two other Oklahomans have eclipsed 20 years representing their state in the chamber: Republican Don Nickles (1981-2005; 24 years) and Democrat Elmer Thomas (1927-1951; 23 years, 9 months, 30 days).
Twelve of the state’s 18 senators have served more than one term with the average tenure of just under 13 years.
Inhofe is also by far the oldest Oklahoma U.S. Senator in history at 87 years, 3 months, and 10 days through Sunday. He would reach 88 years, 1 month, and 17 days of age on his intended last day on the job.
Just two predecessors served into their 70s: Republican Edward Moore (1943-1949; 77 years, 1 month, 15 days upon his exit from the chamber) and the aforementioned Democrat Elmer Thomas (74 years, 3 months, 26 days).
Senator Inhofe is currently one of six U.S. Senators who has recorded the longest tenure in the chamber from his or her state.
The other five are Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy (47 years, 1 month, 24 days through Sunday), Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley (41 years, 1 month, 24 days). Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell (37 years, 1 month, 24 days), Alabama Republican Richard Shelby (35 years, 1 month, 24 days), and California Democrat Dianne Feinstein (29 years, 3 months, 23 days).
Meanwhile, New York Democrat Chuck Schumer (23 years, 1 month, 24 days) will pass up Jacob Javits (23 years, 11 months, 25 days) in December and tie current Empire State record holder Democrat Daniel Patrick Moyhnihan (24 years) on January 3rd.
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