Former Okla. Speaker of the House announces his candidacy to replace Sen. Inhofe

TULSA, Okla. — Former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives T.W. Shannon is throwing his hat in the race to replace retiring Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R).

The conservative Republican Shannon will hold an event Thursday in Oklahoma announcing his candidacy.

He made state history by becoming the first black speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, but he stepped down from that position in 2014 to run for Former Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn’s seat that was opening up after Coburn announced his retirement back then. Shannon would lose the Republican primary to now U.S. Senator James Lankford despite having heavy Tea Party support from people like Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R) and Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R).

Since the 2014 run, Shannon has been in the national chairman of Black Voice for Trump, and he has appeared regularly on the FOX News Channel as a commentator.

Last month, Inhofe announced his retirement at the end of the year sparking a special election that means Oklahoma will have two senate seats on the ballot this coming fall.

Already competing against Shannon are declared candidates Congressman Markwayne Mullin, Inhofe’s former Chief of Staff Luke Holland, and Broken Arrow State Senator Nathan Dahm. More announcement from other candidates are still in the works.