The Norman Transcript

State/Region

October 9, 2013

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on the mend after quadruple bypass

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe isn’t expected to return to Washington for at least two weeks, as the conservative Republican recovers in Tulsa from emergency quadruple bypass surgery he had last week, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Inhofe, 79, who is seeking a fourth term in office next year, said the massive blockage was discovered last week during a routine doctor’s visit.

He returned home to Tulsa and had emergency surgery on Friday at St. John Medical Center.

“The discovery shocked me as I had no visible symptoms that something was wrong,” Inhofe said in a statement Tuesday. “Today, I am feeling great and am fully engaged with my work here in Oklahoma.”

Inhofe spokeswoman Donelle Harder said Inhofe is expected to be away from Washington for about two weeks until doctors clear him to fly.

“I know he’s already staying very engaged, as much as he can be from Oklahoma, but in regards to actually casting a vote, it could be a just a couple of weeks,” Harder said.

Inhofe is expected to be released from the hospital as early as Tuesday afternoon.

“I may miss some upcoming votes on the continuing resolution, but my doctors agree I will return soon and even stronger to continue the fight to protect Oklahomans’ freedoms,” Inhofe said.

Two of Inhofe’s arteries were completely blocked, another was at 90 percent blocked, and a fourth was 75 percent blocked, Harder said.

A former mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s second largest city, Inhofe also served in the U.S. House before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994. He won re-election twice and is seeking a fourth, six-year term in office in 2014. He will face Democrat Matt Silverstein, 32, an investment planner and political newcomer from the Tulsa area.

Silverstein posted a message on his Facebook page on Tuesday hoping for Inhofe’s “full and speedy recovery.”

Inhofe’s age and health are not a concern for his campaign staff, who said they expect to schedule Inhofe for events just like they normally would.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
State/Region
  • Health officials prepare for flu

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Following a flu season in which a record number of Oklahomans died as a result of the virus, state and county health officials say educating the public and general common sense are vital to reducing both the death rate and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Scam targets migrants

    HOUSTON — Scammers have been preying on the relatives of unaccompanied young migrants being held at two U.S. military bases by conning them into paying nonexistent fees to be reunited with their loved ones, officials said....

    July 27, 2014

  • Trial delayed for man in murder case

    DUNCAN — The first-degree murder trial of a Velma man charged with killing a 16-year-old girl has been delayed until January....

    July 27, 2014

  • Man seeks video of 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

    OKLAHOMA CITY — One man’s quest to explain his brother’s mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. What some consider a far-flung ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Man found dead outside Tulsa home

    TULSA — Police in Tulsa are investigating the death of a man whose body was found outside a house on the city’s north side....

    July 27, 2014

  • McCain: Arizona execution ‘torture’

    TUCSON, Ariz. — U.S. Sen. John McCain says the execution of an Arizona inmate that lasted two hours was torture....

    July 26, 2014

  • Okla. food pantries struggle to meet demand

    TULSA — Food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters across Oklahoma are scrambling to meet demand for food from, among other groups, kids left in the lurch because they can’t get the free and discounted meals offered when schools are in ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Rogers County clerk sues paper over stories

    CLAREMORE — The Rogers County clerk has sued the Claremore Daily Progress and its government reporter over claims the newspaper painted her in a false light and invaded her privacy. Clerk Robin Anderson filed a lawsuit Thursday against ...

    July 26, 2014

  • Okla. high court says lawmaker can serve as DA

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican House member from Jenks is eligible to become Tulsa County’s district attorney, even though a raise for prosecutors was approved during his term in the Legislature, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Friday....

    July 26, 2014

  • Fallin wants probe to include botched executions

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor wants investigators looking into Oklahoma’s recent flawed execution to consider problems that have popped up in other states such as Ohio and Arizona....

    July 26, 2014