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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
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.
Revision as of 14:30, 27 September 2013
|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 then defeated John Olson (D) and Craig Allen (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election.
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Bridenstine is a more moderate right of center Republican party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.
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:
- 1994-1998: Attended Rice University, earned a B.S.
- 1998-2007: U.S. Navy Pilot
- 2007-2008: Defense consultant, Wyle Laboratories
- 2009: Attended Cornell University, earned a M.B.A.
- 2008-2010: Director, Tulsa Air and Space Museum
- 2013-Present: United States House of Representatives from Oklahoma
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
The 113th Congress has had 22 out of 4,315 introduced bills enacted into law (0.5%) as of August 1, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.5% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Bridenstine's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American response in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
As of September 3, 2013, Bridenstine does not support President Barack Obama's proposed military strikes against Syria. He stated at a town hall meeting at Wesleyan University in response to questions about the possibility of taking action, "Stay away from Syria quagmire, please oppose any action in Syria."
National Defense Authorization Act
Bridenstine voted for HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
Bridenstine voted for HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Bridenstine voted against HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.
Federal Statutory Pay Adjustment Elimination
Bridenstine voted for HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees. The bill passed the House on February 15, 2013, with a vote of 261 - 154. The bill would prevent a 0.5% pay increase for all federal workers from taking effect, saving the federal government $11 billion over 10 years.
Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition
Bridenstine voted for House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Health Care Reform Rules
Bridenstine voted for House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires that all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.
Bridenstine voted for HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196 that largely followed party lines. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
Conservative Fight Club
According to the conservative website RedState, Bridenstine is 1 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 is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on June 24, 2014, should he choose to run. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.
Bridenstine ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 1st District. Bridenstine defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the June 26, 2012 Republican primary. He then 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"|
|U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
|John Sullivan Incumbent||46.2%||24,058|
Tulsa Air and Space Museum Attacks
Incumbent Rep. John Sullivan, who Bridenstine challenged in the GOP primary, 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 acknowledged the museum lost nearly $383,000 under his watch, he called Sullivan's attacks "recklessly false allegations." Bridenstine argued 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|
|Jim Bridenstine (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$14,790.47||$19,575.00||$(17,114.78)||$17,250.69|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$17,250.69||$127,718.71||$(8,633.51)||$136,335.89|
Cost per vote
Bridenstine spent $4.23 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1, 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|
|Poll||Jim Bridenstine (R)||John Sullivan (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(May 17, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
Ideology and leadership
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Bridenstine most often votes with:
Bridenstine least often votes with:
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, 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, 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.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Bridenstine has voted with the Republican Party 89.0% of the time. This ranked 226th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.
Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have three children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a google news search for the term "Jim + Bridenstine + Oklahoma + House"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- Tulsa Rep. Jim Bridenstine breaks with most Republicans on Obamacare bill - NewsOK.com
- Bridenstine plan would block further defense cuts - Tulsa World
- New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits - FederalNewsRadio.com
- HUFFPOST HILL, sponsored by API - Guy With Drones Promotes Website - Huffington Post
- New GOP Plan Would Save Military From Sequestration By Cutting Social Security - Huffington Post
- McKeon supports Thornberry as next HASC chairman ? Biden wants China and ... - Politico
- Eric Cantor Talks Budget During Tulsa Visit - Huffington Post
- Rep. Paul Broun: Obamacare 'Simply Not Fixable' - Newsmax.com
- With 39 Dems behind it, House passes Obamacare fix - Politico
- Government Shutdown, Debt Deal: How Oklahoma's Delegation Voted - news9.com KWTV
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- Jim Bridenstine official campaign website
- Official U.S. House website
- Profile at Facebook
- Profile at Twitter
- 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 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
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- ↑ Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," August 1, 2013
- ↑ Oklahoma's Own, "Oklahoma Congressman Bridenstine Not Sold on U.S. Action in Syria," September 4, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Votesmart, "H Amdt 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- ↑ 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
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Jim Bridenstine Summary Report," Accessed August 1, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Jim Bridenstine April Quarterly," Accessed August 1st, 2013
- ↑ Federal Election Commission "Jim Bridenstine July Quarterly," Accessed July 30, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- ↑ jimbridenstine.com "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results" Accessed June 15, 2012
- ↑ Gov Track "Jim Bridenstine," Accessed June 4, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress, "Jim Bridenstine," Accessed August 8, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "JIm Bridenstine," Accessed April 17, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org "James Bridenstine (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- ↑ OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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