U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after learning of the death of Thomas Boone Pickens:
“There’s much you can say about T. Boone Pickens and the impact he had on Oklahoma, but I will keep it simple: he embodied the spirit of Oklahoma and lived the American dream.
“A graduate of Oklahoma State University, he grew frustrated with the bureaucracy of working for a large company and decided to start his own in 1956. This company was the basis for what became one of the leading oil and gas exploration and production firms in the nation. His work in not only oil and gas, but also wind energy, paved the way to the energy dominance we see today.
“Pickens also enabled others to live the American dream by sharing his skills and resources with all. Oklahoma State University has benefited from his generous investment in academics and athletics. He was also a dedicated supporter of a wide range of medical research initiatives and an energetic advocate for the causes he believes in, devoting his time to serve on numerous boards and receiving recognition through countless awards.
“Kay and I are keeping his family and friends in our prayers as we honor T. Boone Pickens for a life well lived.”
In 2005, Inhofe introduced legislation to name the Holdenville, Oklahoma Post Office in Pickens’ honor.