One of the Oldest Senators Finally Decides to Retire… But What Does That Mean for the GOP?

There’s been an argument across Congress for quite some time – term limits. At what point should a Representative or Senator be forced to step down? There are quite a few members of Congress who are well into their 70s and 80s. Surely, they are capable of retiring so that a younger generation can come in.

The problem spans across both parties.

The oldest sitting senator is Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) at 88 years old. However, not too far behind her is Jim Inhofe (R-OK) at 87 years old.

Jim Inhofe has proudly served his country for decades. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and moved over to the State Senate. He was the 32nd mayor of Tulsa and, then, served as a U.S. House Representative for seven years. He became a senator in 1994 and has been there for the past 27 years.

To say that Inhofe is a well-respected politician is putting things lightly. He has done a lot of good during his time in public service. However, at the age of 87, it’s time that he passes the torch – and he’s already decided to do that.

The media has been buzzing about his retirement – and much of that has to do with the fact that it will create the need for a special election. Inhofe was reelected for his six-year term in 2020. However, his wife has been sick, and he has decided that it’s time to take a step back.

The special election inside of a strong red state is sure to drum up a significant amount of competition from both sides of the political line. Additionally, Inhofe has been the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee – and his departure will cause someone else to be appointed.

Who would actually fill Inhofe’s seat as Oklahoma’s newest senator, though? There are quite a few Republicans who would be considered, including the state’s governor, Kevin Stitt as well as former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon.

Midterms have never looked so exciting. Now that we’re seeing Inhofe talking about retirement, perhaps Feinstein could do the same.