U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was named the most conservative member of the United States Senate by GovTrack for the 115th Congress. GovTrack studies legislative patterns to establish their “Ideology Score” that identifies how liberal or conservative a Senator is. Sen. Inhofe’s legislative patterns yielded him the designation as the most conservative Senator. In a time when partisanship can be synonymous with gridlock, Sen. Inhofe stands out as a leader who exemplifies he can be a principled conservative while also being a true advocate for Oklahomans.
“I’m honored to be recognized as the most conservative member of the Senate,” Inhofe said. “My conservative principles of smaller government, lower taxes, deregulation, and a strong national defense have not only seen economic success, but have also shown positive legislative results for Oklahomans. I look forward to continuing to work with President Trump to enact the Republican agenda and working tirelessly for Oklahoma.”
Some examples of Sen. Inhofe’s leadership for Oklahoma over the last two years:
- Military. Sen. Inhofe has some specific wins below – but you’ll notice they all have a common theme, mainly driving Oklahoma to be the leader in modernization and the future of the services.
- § The KC-46. Senator Inhofe has played an instrumental role on Armed Services Committee ensuring the continued funding and oversight over procurement deadlines for the Air Force’s next generation tanker platform, the KC-46A. Now as Chairman, he will see the delivery of the first two airplanes that will be stationed at Altus AFB and maintained at Tinker AFB on February 8, 2019.
- § Extended direct hiring authority for Tinker and MCAAP: Sen. Inhofe secured a provision in the FY18 NDAA that extended direct hiring authority for base commanders to bring on civilian workforce more rapidly.
- § Fought to keep BRAC proposal out of FY18 bill: when a proposal to reauthorize a BRAC round surfaced in 2017, Sen. Inhofe led a number of his colleagues to oppose the proposal. As we are still rebuilding after the damage Obama Administration did to our military – Inhofe recognized that this is not the time to realign and downsize our base infrastructure.
- Judiciary. Sen. Inhofe has worked with his colleagues to confirm a record number of judicial nominations over the last two years, including two Supreme Court justices. Inhofe has always recognized the importance of nominating and confirming judges who are committed to upholding the Constitution and interpreting the law, not creating it.
- Tax Reform. Inhofe was one of the leaders in the Senate to enact historic tax relief where the average Oklahomans saw a cut of $2,000. Tax cuts and deregulation have resulted in historic economic growth and the creation of 25,500 new jobs in Oklahoma. At least 54 companies in Oklahoma also gave their employees bonuses worth a total of $43.9 million in the last year as a result of the 2017 tax reform bill. Sen. Inhofe also led the charge to ensure that all of Oklahoma’s family owned businesses, including Love’s and Hobby Lobby would be able to enjoy the same tax relief as other businesses who aren’t structured to protect a small group of ownership.
- Transportation / Infrastructure. While Sen. Inhofe has a long history of work on transportation and infrastructure projects for Oklahoma, we saw this Congress how Sen. Inhofe’s leadership isn’t contingent upon his EPW Chairmanship – he still delivered for Oklahoma.
- § Reopening of Riverside Drive – to support Gathering Place. Inhofe led the efforts to ensure the Riverside Drive project, a key part of the Gathering Place construction – received a federal grant to recognize its public-private partnership.
- § Tulsa-West Tulsa Levees: Senator Inhofe worked with Army Corps and OMB to include the $3 million in the emergency supplemental in FY19 Corps Work Plan that funded the entire study that is the first major hurdle to getting the project moving.
- Aviation. As a pilot, Sen. Inhofe has always been focused on leading aviation efforts that support pilots and promote economic development in our communities.
- § Aviation Workforce Development: In 2018, Senator Inhofe championed legislation to empower the development of a 21st century aviation workforce and his provisions were included in the 2018 FAA Bill. The first provision would incentivize innovative ways to recruit and educate the next generation of America’s aviation maintenance workforce. The second provision would encourage more people to pursue careers as pilots by giving young Americans access to quality aviation curriculum such as ground school in high schools.
- § Fairness for Pilots: Senator Inhofe has long led efforts to ensure the federal bureaucracy is fair and accessible for pilots, including general aviation pilots. After the success of the Pilots Bill of Rights and the Pilots Bill of Rights 2, Senator Inhofe introduced the Fairness for Pilots Act in 2017. This legislation improves transparency for pilots subjected to FAA enforcement proceedings by requiring the FAA to articulate the specific activity under investigation and to provide airmen specific related documentation. The legislation also strengthens the Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) program by requiring that all notices be posted in a publically available, central forum online. These provisions were included in the 2018 FAA Bill enacted into law on Oct 5, 2018.
- Energy and Environment – Inhofe has worked for years to position the United States as a leader in the global energy market, and by extension, support Oklahoma’s energy industries that provide tens of thousands of jobs across the state. In the last Congress, he worked to level the playing field in the global market, while also giving more regulatory authority back to the states.
- § CRA to Overturn SEC Reg re: oil and gas disclosures: In early 2017, Senator Inhofe used the Congressional Review Process to undo a harmful Obama-era Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) regulation that required domestic, publically-traded oil and gas companies to disclose confidential business information to competitors, such as pricing and proprietary methods. This put our companies at a significant disadvantage over their private, international counterparts during contract negotiations for the commercial development of oil, natural gas and minerals. Trump signed the CRA into law in February 14, 2017. Since then, Inhofe’s CRA has helped oil and gas business protect proprietary information and remain competitive both domestically and internationally.