Oklahoma GOP Sen. Inhofe plans to retire: report

After he was reelected in 2020, Inhofe stated that it would be his last term.

Updated: February 24, 2022 - 8:02pm

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Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) is expected to announce his retirement as soon as Friday, according to multiple reports Thursday. 

His retirement would trigger a special election for his seat. The 87-year-old Republican has served as Senator since 1994. Local outlet 2 News Oklahoma reports that Inhofe is expected to continue serving as Senator until the end of the congressional session. 

After he was reelected in 2020, Inhofe stated that it would be his last term. By announcing his retirement before March 1, a special election is triggered for his replacement.

Inhofe, who has served in Congress since 1987, is the fourth oldest senator. 

His office has not responded to requests for comment to 2 News or Politico.

Inhofe's chief of staff is expected to run for reelection, 2 News reports.

A Republican is likely to win the special election. Former President Donald Trump won Oklahoma by more than 65% in 2020, according to Politico.

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