|U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||John Sullivan (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Jenks High School|
|Years of service||1998-2007|
|Birthday||June 15, 1975|
|Place of birth||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
|Profession||Navy Reserve Pilot, Museum Director|
Bridenstine defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012. The day of the primary, Sullivan said he had made a mistake by ignoring the primary challenge for too long. "I never had a race like this in all my life," he said. He won election on November 6, 2012.
While in active duty in the U.S. Navy, Bridenstine participated in Operation Enduring Freedom In Afghanistan. In Iraq, he flew in Operation Southern Watch, and Operation Shock and Awe. After leaving active duty, he earned his MBA from Cornell University and returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma and became the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. Today, he flies the E-2C Hawkeye in South and Central America as a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Wenstrup's academic, professional and political career:
- 2008-2010: Director, Tulsa Air and Space Museum
- 2009: Attended Cornell University, earned a M.B.A.
- 2007-2008: Defense consultant, Wyle Laboratories
- 1998-2007: U.S. Navy Pilot
- 1994-1998: Attended Rice University, earned a B.S.
Bridenstine serves on the following committees:
- Committee on Armed Services
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations
- Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
- Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
- Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
- Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation
Conservative Fight Club
According to the conservative website RedState, Bridenstine is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.
Bridenstine ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 1st District. Bridenstine won the nomination on the Republican ticket. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run was April 13, 2012. Bridenstine defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the June 26, 2012 Republican primary. He defeated John Olson (D) and Craig Allen (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.
|U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
Tulsa Air and Space Museum Attacks
Incumbent Rep. John Sullivan, who Bridenstine is challenging in the GOP primary, has accused Bridenstine of mismanaging finances at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum. Bridenstine served as the museum's director from December 2008 to August 2010. Though Bridenstine has acknowledged the museum lost nearly $383,000 under his watch, he called Sullivan's attacks "recklessly false allegations." Bridenstine argues the loss was because he was trying to attract a retired NASA shuttle. Museum attorney Greggory Colpitts released a statement calling Sullivan's attacks a "reckless denial of the facts," and demanded that the Congressman "publicly withdraw the allegations he made."
- Restoring America Project
- Can-Do Conservatives of America
- Combat Veterans for Congress PAC
Comprehensive donor information for Bridenstine is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bridenstine raised a total of $781,233 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 22, 2013.
|Jim Bridenstine's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Oklahoma, District 1)||$781,233|
|Grand Total Raised||$781,233|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District, 2012 - Jim Bridenstine Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$326,147|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$322,254|
|Top contributors to Jim Bridenstine's campaign committee|
|Dr Robert Zoellner & Assoc||$12,500|
|American Optometric Assn||$10,000|
|Sutherland Lbr & Home Center||$8,975|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$62,750|
|Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012|
(May 17, 2012)
|Jim Bridenstine (R)||34.16%||34.16%|
|John Sullivan (R)||32.92%||32.92%|
|Margin of error||+/-3.79||3.79%|
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Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, From Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, Bridenstine missed 0 of 108 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 0.0%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of April 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Bridenstine's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $-138,994 to $214,999. That averages to $38,002, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have a son Walker (5), daughter Sarah (3), and are expecting a third child in February 2012.
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- Rep. Jim Bridenstine Blasts 'Intolerant Left' for Bullying 'Sexual Morality ... - Towleroad
- Beto O'Rourke, Jim Bridenstine: Congress should act to revamp term limits - El Paso Times
- Federal aid reconsidered: Now that Oklahoma needs help, pols will rush to vote ... - SILive.com
- Bill Would Extend Defense IT Worker Exchange Program - Nextgov
- House members unite on new, bipartisan term limits proposal - Washington Examiner
- Conversations with Conservatives on IRS, Debt Limit, Immigration (VIDEO) - Heritage.org (blog)
- Latest on Oklahoma Tornado: Death Toll Drops, Durant Donates a Million - atlantadailyworld
- The Speaker's Lobby: The Politics of Natural Disasters - Politic365
- Oklahoma's Senators Opposed 2011 FEMA Funds, Sandy Aid - Bloomberg
- CNN Exclusive: Oklahoma senators on disaster relief funding - CNN (blog)
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- Jim Bridenstine official campaign website
- Official U.S. House website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Profile at Facebook
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- Profile at Wikipedia
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Oklahoma Elections Division "Election Results" Accessed June 26, 2012
- ↑ Fox 23 "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012
- ↑ Politico "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012
- ↑ Politico "2012 Election Map"
- ↑ National Journal, "Oklahoma, 1st House District," November 6, 2012
- ↑ CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- ↑ RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
- ↑ Oklahoma Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- ↑ realclearpolitics.com "Museum: Sullivan's claims 'recklessly false'" Accessed June 21, 2012
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Bridenstine," Accessed April 22, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- ↑ jimbridenstine.com "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results" Accessed June 15, 2012
- ↑ GovTrack, "JIm Bridenstine," Accessed April 17, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "James Bridenstine (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
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