U.S. SENATOR JIM INHOFE (R-OK) TO RECEIVE WCI LEADERSHIP SERVICE AWARD ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020 ON CAPITOL HILLView PDF
U.S. SENATOR JIM INHOFE (R-OK) TO RECEIVE WCI LEADERSHIP SERVICE AWARD
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) will receive WCI’s 19th Annual Leadership Service Award on Thursday,
February 13, 2020 on Capitol Hill.
Senator Inhofe is Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and a senior member of the
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW). He is a committed supporter of
infrastructure and the inland waterways and, according to his biography, believes “one of the
inherent roles of government is to provide for a safe and suitable infrastructure to allow our
nation access to transportation and fully connect our national economy. In addition to providing
for the national defense, he believes the single greatest service we can provide our citizens is
the necessary infrastructure to enable the United States to remain the economic engine that drives
the world’s economy.”
“Waterways Council is honored to have the opportunity to recognize Senator Inhofe for his
leadership and commitment to America’s inland waterways and its lock and dam infrastructure,” said
Michael J. Toohey, President/CEO of Waterways Council, Inc. “WCI’s Leadership Service
has long lauded America’s inland waterways and port champions, and Senator Inhofe is so
deserving of our recognition this year,” he continued.
Inhofe chaired the EPW Committee from 2003 to 2007, and again from 2015 to 2017. He served as the
Committee’s Ranking Member from 2007 to 2013. Under his leadership, Congress enacted the Water
Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act in 2016, establishing the precedent for Congress to
consider WRDA bills every two years.
Prior to serving the people of Oklahoma in the U.S. Senate, Senator Inhofe served in the U.S. House
of Representatives, as Mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in the Oklahoma State Senate and House of