May 23, 2022

OK Republican Sen. Inhofe expected to announce early retirement

Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe is expected to announce his early retirement from Congress, setting off speculation regarding candidates in an upcoming election.

Inhofe, 87 years old, had planned to retire after his current term. Politico reported on Thursday that the senator now expects to announce retirement earlier than previously planned.

“The 87-year-old Oklahoma Republican was elected to another six-year term in 2020, but has missed more votes than usual recently and told reporters in December his wife has been sick. His decision to step down will surely fuel a competitive Republican primary to succeed him in ruby-red Oklahoma,” Politico reported.

“Inhofe is expected to serve the remainder of the current Congress and to announce his retirement sometime next week. He’s a longtime top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee,” the report added.

The timing would result in a special election, likely in 2023, with several GOP candidates expected to compete for Inhofe’s place in the traditionally red state.

The news of Inhofe’s departure is unexpected, offering both parties another chance at a new Senate seat in the days ahead.

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