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{{tnr}}'''Jim Bridenstine''' (b. June 15, 1975, in Ann Arbor, [[Michigan]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oklahoma]]. Bridenstine was first elected to [[Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District]] in 2012.  
 
{{tnr}}'''Jim Bridenstine''' (b. June 15, 1975, in Ann Arbor, [[Michigan]]) is a [[Republican]] member of the [[U.S. House of Representatives]] from the state of [[Oklahoma]]. Bridenstine was first elected to [[Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District]] in 2012.  
  
Bridenstine defeated incumbent [[John Sullivan (OK)|John Sullivan]] in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.<ref name="results">[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/OK/39733/89386/Web01/en/summary.html ''Oklahoma Elections Division'' "Election Results" accessed June 26, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Jim-Bridenstine-defeats-John-Sullivan-in-primary/g_bjYQ8uqkaFFXYhffeL4g.cspx ''Fox 23'' "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/06/an-incumbent-caught-sleeping-127387.html ''Politico'' "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012]</ref> He then defeated [[John Olson]] (D) and [[Craig Allen]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Bridenstine defeated incumbent [[John Sullivan (OK)|John Sullivan]] in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.<ref name="results">[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/OK/39733/89386/Web01/en/summary.html ''Oklahoma Elections Division'' "Election Results" accessed June 26, 2012]</ref><ref>[http://www.fox23.com/news/local/story/Jim-Bridenstine-defeats-John-Sullivan-in-primary/g_bjYQ8uqkaFFXYhffeL4g.cspx ''Fox 23'' "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/blogs/charlie-mahtesian/2012/06/an-incumbent-caught-sleeping-127387.html ''Politico'', "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012]</ref> He then defeated [[John Olson]] (D) and [[Craig Allen]] (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
  
 
Bridenstine is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.
 
Bridenstine is set to run for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014.

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Jim Bridenstine
Jim Bridenstine.jpg
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJohn Sullivan (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.23 in 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$781,233
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolJenks High School
Bachelor'sRice University
Master'sCornell University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1998-2007
Personal
BirthdayJune 15, 1975
Place of birthAnn Arbor, Michigan
ProfessionNavy Reserve Pilot, Museum Director
Net worth$-22,148
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Jim Bridenstine campaign logo
Jim Bridenstine (b. June 15, 1975, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Bridenstine was first elected to Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District in 2012.

Bridenstine defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[1][2] 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.[3] He then defeated John Olson (D) and Craig Allen (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4]

Bridenstine is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014.

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.

Biography

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.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Wenstrup's academic, professional and political career:[5]

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bridenstine serves on the following committees:[6]

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[7] For more information pertaining to Bridenstine's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security

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."[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" 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.[10]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "No" Bridenstine voted against HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). 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.[12]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[13] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[14] Bridenstine voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[16] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Bridenstine voted against HR 2775.[17]

Federal Pay Adjustment Elimination

Voted "Yes" 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.[18]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" 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.[21]

Social issues

Abortion

Voted "Yes" 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.[22]

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.[23]

Elections

2014

See also: Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

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 November 4, 2014.

Bridenstine announced on January 29, 2014, he would not run in the 2014 special election for Tom Coburn's Senate seat.[24]

In a statement, he said, “Since Dr. Tom Coburn’s retirement announcement, I have been honored and overwhelmed by encouragement to succeed him as Oklahoma’s senator. After giving this matter serious consideration and prayer, my family and I have decided I will not run in the special election to complete Dr. Coburn’s term.”[24]

Endorsements

2012

See also: Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Bridenstine won election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Oklahoma's 1st District. Bridenstine defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the Republican primary on June 26, 2012.[1][26] He then defeated John Olson (D) and Craig Allen (I) in the general election on November 6, 2012.

U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Olson 32% 91,421
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 63.5% 181,084
     Independent Craig Allen 4.5% 12,807
Total Votes 285,312
Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Oklahoma District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 53.8% 28,055
John Sullivan Incumbent 46.2% 24,058
Total Votes 52,113

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."[27]

Endorsements

  • Restoring America Project
  • Can-Do Conservatives of America
  • Combat Veterans for Congress PAC

Campaign donors

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.[28]

Jim Bridenstine's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Oklahoma, District 1) Won $781,233
Grand Total Raised $781,233

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bridenstine’s reports.[29]

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bridenstine’s reports.[30]

Jim Bridenstine (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[31]April 15, 2013$14,790.47$19,575.00$(17,114.78)$17,250.69
July Quarterly[32]July 15, 2013$17,250.69$127,718.71$(8,633.51)$136,335.89
October Quarterly[33]October 15, 2013$136,335.89$96,346.37$(50,155.76)$182,526.50
Year-End Quarterly[34]Deceber 31, 2013$182,526$180,709$(45,270)$318,019
April Quarterly[35]April 15, 2014$318,019.31$73,230.46$(68,960.22)$322,289.55
Running totals
$497,579.54$(190,134.27)

2012

Breakdown of the source of Bridenstine's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Bridenstine won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Bridenstine's campaign committee raised a total of $781,233 and spent $764,959.[36]

Cost per vote

Bridenstine spent $4.23 per vote received in 2012.

Polls

2012 election

An automated phone poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, by the Bridenstine campaign, showed Bridenstine in a statistical tie with incumbent Rep. John Sullivan.[37]

Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012
Poll Jim Bridenstine (R) John Sullivan (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
[1]
(May 17, 2012)
34.16%32.92%32.92%+/-3.79641
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 editor@ballotpedia.org

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Bridenstine is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 2013.[38]

Like-minded colleagues

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.[39]

Bridenstine most often votes with:

Bridenstine least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[40]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2012

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Bridenstine's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-174,145 to $129,849. That averages to $-22,148, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican House members in 2012 of $7,614,097.96. Bridenstine ranked as the 422nd most wealthy representative in 2012.[41]

Jim Bridenstine Yearly Net Worth
YearAvg. Net Worth% Difference from previous year
2012$-22,148-158.28%
2011$38,002N/A

Voting with party

2013

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.[42]

Personal

Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have three children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Oklahoma Elections Division "Election Results" accessed June 26, 2012
  2. Fox 23 "Jim Bridenstine defeats John Sullivan in primary," June 26, 2012
  3. Politico, "An incumbent caught sleeping?" June 26, 2012
  4. Politico, "2012 Election Map"
  5. National Journal, "Oklahoma, 1st House District," November 6, 2012
  6. CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. Oklahoma's Own, "Oklahoma Congressman Bridenstine Not Sold on U.S. Action in Syria," September 4, 2013
  10. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1960 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "HR 2217 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  12. Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  17. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "HR 273 - Eliminates the 2013 Statutory Pay Adjustment for Federal Employees - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed September 16, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "H Amdt 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  21. 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
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 Politico, "Jim Bridenstine says no to Senate run," accessed January 29, 2014
  25. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  26. Oklahoma Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
  27. realclearpolitics.com "Museum: Sullivan's claims 'recklessly false'" accessed June 21, 2012
  28. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Bridenstine," accessed April 22, 2013
  29. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Bridenstine Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  30. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Bridenstine Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  32. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "Bridenstine Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  35. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  36. Open Secrets, "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  37. jimbridenstine.com "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results" accessed June 15, 2012
  38. GovTrack, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed June 4, 2013
  39. OpenCongress, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed August 8, 2013
  40. GovTrack, "JIm Bridenstine," accessed April 17, 2013
  41. OpenSecrets.org "Bridenstine, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  42. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
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