Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

Sen. James Inhofe has served Oklahomans with pride and honor as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, minority leader of the Oklahoma Senate, mayor of Tulsa, congressman from Oklahoma's First Congressional District, and in his present role as Oklahoma's senior U.S. Senator. Simply put, no one consistently represents common sense, conservative Oklahoma values more than Inhofe. The Senator considers one of his unique qualifications for office to be the 30 years he's spent in the business community being over regulated by the federal bureaucracy. Throughout his political career, Ihofe has been a strong advocate for the principles of limited government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility. He believes that the federal government works best when it returns dollars, decisions, and freedom to our local communities and families. During his tenure in Congress, Inhofe has forged a distinguished legislative record on a diverse range of issues: surface transportation and highway funding; environmental regulation and land management; strengthening and supporting America's national defense; rural education funding; and improving America's energy independence. Inhofe served as chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee from 2004 to 2006, playing a key role in passage of the 2005 Highway Bill. He has also been a champion for restoring common sense and sound science to important environmental and regulatory issues like clean air mandates, wetlands, and endangered species. Inhofe is a lifelong Oklahoman who grew up in Tulsa and graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in economics. He served in the U.S. Army and has been a small businessman working in aviation, real estate, and insurance for over 30 years.