January 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) announced today that his Washington, D.C. office has moved to a new location. Previously located in room 453 of the Russell Senate Office Building, the new location of the office is room 205 of the Russell Senate Office Building.
“This new space provides better reception and meeting areas for visiting constituents,” Inhofe said. “The new location enables easier access for those who come to visit the office from Oklahoma, and being closer to the Capitol building means less walking for those who come to tour the people’s house and see how Congress works. I look forward to meeting Oklahomans in the new office space, Russell 205.”
According to the Senate historian’s office, the new office space had several notable previous occupants. From 1937 to 1953, the space was occupied by Alben W. Barkley, a Democrat from Kentucky. Barkley first moved into the office space as the Senate Majority Leader in 1937. When Republicans took control of the Senate in 1947, he served as the Senate Minority Leader. He was then elected as President Harry S. Truman’s Vice President in in 1948, and he continued to work out of the space until he left office in 1953 after a failed attempt at gaining the Democrat Presidential nomination in 1952. He was again elected to the Senate and served from January 3, 1955 until his death in April 1956.
From 1953 to 1970, the office space was used by U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell (D-GA), the namesake of the Russell Senate Office Building.
More recently, the office space was occupied by then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, the current Vice President of the United States. Since the building opened in 1909, Inhofe is only the third Republican to occupy the space.