Senator James Inhofe is set to announce his retirement, according to Jonathan Martin from the NYT.
In a tweet, Martin said, “the 87-year-old Oklahoma senator first elected in 1994 – may resign in the next few days. Would trigger an intense campaign among Repubs in a red state where Senate seats don’t come along too often.“
“By waiting until next week, [Senator Inhofe] assures succession will take place on ballot this fall and not appointment, per state law. But again: he’s planning to announce resignation, but not vacate till end of Congress,” Martin continued.
Two names that have been floated for possible replacements are Luke Holland, who formerly served as Inhofe’s Chief of Staff, and former Trump US Attorney Trent Shores, according to Martin.
Inhofe, a veteran of the US Army, currently serves as the GOP’s Ranking Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Prior to his tenure in the Senate, he represented Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional district in the House, served as Mayor of Tulsa and spent 8 years as a state legislator.