Hern, Shannon, Holland, Mullin, Pinnell, & Wesselhoft are confirmed or speculative names in the rush to fill an unexpired term in the U.S. Senate.
On Thursday, James Inhofe announced the end of his service in elective office. He's currently the 'godfather' of the Oklahoma delegation in the nation's capitol. He said he intends to spend more time with his family.
By Friday, he'd already announced his endorsement of his own chief-of-staff, Luke Holland.
If you're asking; "Who is Luke Holland?", you're certainly not alone. Holland has been a staffer for Inhofe for about a dozen years, and is probably more familiar to those inside the DC beltway, than to those in Oklahoma. Holland was a student at the University of Arkansas when Inhofe's daughter introduced him to her father. He's a bachelor from Bartlesville, now residing in Tulsa.
Along with Holland, Congressman Markwayne Mullin is also an announced candidate. Folks have expected this inevitability for years. Mullin, who wants to be recognized as a plumber; is also a veteran of some unnamed role in international security or intelligence services. He rarely hints of this part of his resume'; but his actions to secure the House chamber on January 6th, 2021; revealed his instinctive training, which kicked in when capitol security screwed up.
Mullin, a Cherokee from eastern Oklahoma; built a plumbing, Heating, and electrical services empire. He ran for congress in 2012, surviving a tough runoff with Rep. George Faught. He broke his term limits pledge in 2018, to gain a 4th term in the US House.
Since then, Shannon has been involved in the banking industry and serving in appointed state agencies. He's also been a familiar face in national media, including at Newsmax morning programming.
Tom Cole and Frank Lucas have ranking seniority in House committees and will likely stay put in 2022. Stephanie Bice is in her freshman term and isn't expected to trade that incumbency for a low-odds bid for the US Senate, this year.
Paul Wesselhoft, a leader in the Pottawatomie Tribe and former Committee chair in the Oklahoma House, has publicly expressed his consideration of the open US Senate seat.