McConnell Statement on Sen. Jim Inhofe’s Announced Retirement

LOUISVILLE, KYU.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement today regarding Sen. Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) announcement that he will retire from the Senate:

For the past thirty-five years, my friend Jim Inhofe has been one of his fellow Oklahomans’ fiercest advocates here in Washington. As a sportsman, a small business owner, and a former mayor, he brought a keen understanding of the challenges facing his neighbors. And from improving transportation infrastructure to harnessing abundant American energy, the fruits of Jim’s labors are recognizable across Oklahoma and across the country.

But Jim’s legacy of consequential public service extends even beyond our borders. As a longtime member and Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, his advocacy for his fellow veterans and for the men and women serving today in uniform has helped make America safer and our power more respected around the world.

Jim’s leadership helped stand up U.S. Africa Command and has streamlined the procurement process for military technologies. And his commitment to rock-solid conservative principles has helped improved accountability and efficiency at the Department of Defense on behalf of American taxpayers.

At every step of his decorated career, Jim has been quick to credit the love and support of his wife, Kay, and their twenty children and grandchildren. I know the Inhofes will be glad to have more time with their consummate family man. And while the Senate will miss one of its foremost experts on defense policy, I am glad our friend will continue to serve with us through the end of this Congress.


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