Sen. Jim Inhofe spoke about the importance of the oil and gas industry and the attack in Benghazi, Libya during a benefit lunch at Napoli's in Chickasha.
The lunch benefited Sen. Inhofe's re-election campaign this year.
As a U.S. Army Veteran who has worked in the oil and gas industry, Inhofe's speech focused on the importance of keeping America armed, cyclical climate shifts as opposed to climate change and the oil industry in Oklahoma. He serves on the Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
"[The oil and gas industry] is doing pretty good here in Chickasha," Inhofe said. "Oil and gas is vital because right now, we're dependent upon the Middle East. There's no reason we can't be completely independent."
Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross attended the benefit and said he agreed with Inhofe that oil and gas is critical for Chickasha.
"I'm always very appreciative when our delegates come here"…"I'm surprised by how often they do," Ross said.
Chickasha collected $1 million in sales taxes, which is a record for Chickasha, Ross said.
Foy Streetman, owner of Thunder Energy and retail stores in Chickasha, attended the event to support Inhofe and his work for the oil and gas industry.
"Here's a man with the same values that I have," Streetman said.
The elections for U.S. Senate in Oklahoma will take place on Nov. 4