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|U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Predecessor||John Sullivan (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$4.23 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next primary||June 24, 2014|
|Next general||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|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Key votes
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.1 National security
- 4.1.2 Economy
- 4.1.3 Immigration
- 4.1.4 Healthcare
- 4.1.5 Social issues
- 4.1.6 Government affairs
- 4.1 113th Congress
- 5 Issues
- 6 Elections
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Personal Gain Index
- 9 Analysis
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
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 general election on November 6, 2012.
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. He returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and he 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 Bridenstine's academic, professional and political career:
- 1994-1998: Attended Rice University, B.S.
- 1998-2007: U.S. Navy Pilot
- 2007-2008: Defense consultant, Wyle Laboratories
- 2009: Attended Cornell University, MBA
- 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 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent 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
Bridenstine opposed 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."
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.
Bridenstine voted for HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 that was largely along party lines.
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.
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
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. 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. Bridenstine voted in favor of the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown 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 funded 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. 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.
Federal 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 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.
Healthcare 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.
On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five Republicans--Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas-- voted with Democrats against the lawsuit. Bridenstine joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
Based on the results of the On The Issues VoteMatch quiz, Bridenstine is a hard-core conservative. Bridenstine received a score of 22 percent on social issues and 83 percent on economic issues. On The Issues conducts its VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Opposes||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Strongly Opposes|
|Expand ObamaCare||Strongly Opposes||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Strongly Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Favors||Keep God in the public sphere||Favors|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Favors|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Opposes||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Favors|
|Support & expand free trade||Opposes||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Opposes||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Strongly Favors|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Opposes||Expand the military||Favors|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Neutral||Stay out of Iran||Strongly Opposes|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Favors||Never legalize marijuana||Strongly Favors|
|Note: Information last updated: 2014.|
Conservative Fight Club
According to the conservative website RedState, Bridenstine was one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club," a designation meant to describe the "gold standard for conservatives in the House," as outlined by RedState. They were the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March 2013. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.
Bridenstine announced on January 29, 2014, that he would not run in the 2014 special election for Tom Coburn's Senate seat. 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.”
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. 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|
|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|
- Restoring America Project
- Can-Do Conservatives of America
- Combat Veterans for Congress PAC
|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|
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 he demanded that the Congressman "publicly withdraw the allegations he made."
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|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$136,335.89||$96,346.37||$(50,155.76)||$182,526.50|
|Year-End Quarterly||Deceber 31, 2013||$182,526||$180,709||$(45,270)||$318,019|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$318,019.31||$73,230.46||$(68,960.22)||$322,289.55|
|Pre-Primary||June 12, 2014||$322,289.55||$48,579.17||$(71,375.25)||$299,493.47|
|July Quarterly||July 14, 2014||$299,493.47||$14,799.44||$(7,787.13)||$306,505.78|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2014||$306,505.78||$79,683.39||$(43,842.74)||$342,346.43|
|Pre-General||October 23, 2014||$342,346.43||$27,525||$(3,635.34)||$366,236.09|
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|
Personal Gain Index
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
- See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)
The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:
- Changes in Net Worth
- The K-Street Metric
- The Donation Concentration Metric
- The Stock Oversight and Trades Metric
PGI: Change in net worth
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. Between 2011 and 2012, Bridenstine's calculated net worth decreased by an average of 157 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.
|Jim Bridenstine Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Average Net Worth|
|Growth from 2011 to 2012:||-157%|
|Average annual growth:||-157%|
|Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.|
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 9 of 1,072 roll call votes from January 2013 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.8%, which is better than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving as of July 2014.
National Journal vote ratings
- See also: National Journal vote ratings
Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.
Bridenstine ranked 115th in the conservative rankings in 2013.
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
Bridenstine voted with the Republican Party 91.8 percent of the time, which ranked 187th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.
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 + Congress"
- All stories may not be relevant to this legislator due to the nature of the search engine.
- United States House of Representatives
- United States congressional delegations from Oklahoma
- Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014
- Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District
- Social media:
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Congressional profile at CongressMerge.com
- Congressional profile at GovTrack.us
- Congressional profile at OpenCongress.org
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Congressional profile and news at Roll Call
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Legislation at Congress.gov
- Voting record maintained by The Washington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- 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," accessed November 6, 2012
- 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, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
- 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 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014 - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "HR 624 - CISPA (2013) - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government shutdown: How we got here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 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 Vote Smart, "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
- U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
- Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
- Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
- On The Issues, "Vote Match Result for Jim Bridenstine," accessed June 17, 2014
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
- RedState, "Fight club," accessed March 6, 2013
- Politico, "Jim Bridenstine says no to Senate run," accessed January 29, 2014
- Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
- Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
- JimBridenstine.com, "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results," accessed June 15, 2012
- 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, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
- Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
- Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
- OpenSecrets, "Bridenstine, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
- This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
- This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
- This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
- This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
- GovTrack, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
- GovTrack, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
- National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
- JimBridenstine.com, "About Jim Bridenstine," accessed April 1, 2014
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