Political Highlights: Okla. House, 1967-69; Okla. Senate, 1969-77; Republican nominee for governor, 1974; Republican nominee for U.S. House, 1976; mayor of Tulsa, 1978-84; defeated for re-election as mayor of Tulsa, 1984; U.S. House of Representatives, 1987-94; U.S. Senate, 1994-present Born: Nov. 17, 1934; Des Moines, Iowa Residence: Tulsa Religion: Presbyterian Family: Wife, Kay Inhofe; four children (one deceased) Education: U. of Tulsa, B.A. 1973 Military Service: Army, 1957-58 Start of Service: Elected: 1994 (4th full term) Committee Assignments: Armed Services (Airland; Readiness & Management Support; Strategic Forces); Environment & Public Works
Roll Call and CQ Weekly use ratings assigned by the Rothenberg Political Report, which are defined as follows:
SAFE: As of today, the party indicated is all but certain to win the seat.
FAVORED: One candidate has a substantial advantage, but an upset is still possible.
LEAN: The party indicated has the edge, but the outcome is less certain than for races rated as favored.
TILT: The outcome is effectively regarded as a tossup for each of these highly competitive seats, although the party indicated has a slight edge.
TOSSUP: Neither party has an edge in these contests.