U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Oklahoma Republican who has served in Congress since 1987, will not complete the remainder of his Senate term and instead retire next January, two sources confirmed to Fox News.
Inhofe, 87, privately announced the decision to his staff and elected officials Thursday. He was expected to make his retirement plans public as soon as Friday, the sources said.
The timing of Inhofe’s announcement is related to a new Oklahoma state law that requires the state to hold a special election if a lawmaker announces a retirement before March 1.
The two sources told Fox News that Inhofe’s chief of staff, Luke Holland, is expected to run for the seat with Inhofe’s expected endorsement.
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