After the death of his son, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe returns to the Senate

The senator thanked the Senate Democratic leader and chaplain for their condolences before turning to work on the annual defense bill.
by Chris Casteel Modified: November 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm •  Published: November 19, 2013
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Sen. Jim Inhofe returned to Washington on Monday and made brief remarks about the recent death of his son, thanking the Senate's chaplain and top leader for the condolences they sent last week on the Senate floor.

“I had a horrible loss eight days ago, losing a son,” Inhofe, R-Tulsa, said on the Senate floor.

“And it was so touching to me, and I want to thank (Senate chaplain) Barry Black, who included a good bit of some things about my son and about me in his opening prayer. And also the comments that were made — the very gentle comments were very helpful ... made by the majority leader. So I want to ... thank Harry Reid very much for the comments he made.”

Inhofe's son, Dr. Perry Inhofe, was killed when his plane crashed Nov. 10 near Owasso. Perry Inhofe would have turned 52 last week. Funeral services were Thursday.

Reid, D-Nev., the Senate majority leader, spoke for a few minutes on the Senate floor last week about Inhofe.

The two are polar opposites politically, but, Reid said, they are “unquestionably friends.”


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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