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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.<ref>[http://www.redstate.com/2013/03/06/fight-club/ ''RedState'', "Fight club," accessed March 6, 2013]</ref>
  
 
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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 primaryJune 24, 2014
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. 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.

Career

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

  • 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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Bridenstine serves on the following committees:[6]

Key votes

113th Congress

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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.[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

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."[9]

NDAA

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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.[11]

CISPA (2013)

Nay3.png 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

Yea3.png 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]

Nay3.pngThe 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.[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

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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

Yea3.png 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]

Government affairs

HR 676
See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png 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.[23] Bridenstine joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[24][25]

Issues

On The Issues Vote Match

Jim Bridenstine's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
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.[26]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[27]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
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.[26]

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.[28]

Elections

2014

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

Bridenstine was set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He ran unopposed in the Republican primary election on June 24, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

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.”[29]

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][31] 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

Endorsements

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

Polls

An automated phone poll, conducted May 14-15, 2012, by the Bridenstine campaign, showed Bridenstine in a statistical tie with incumbent Rep. John Sullivan.[32]

Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012
Poll Jim Bridenstine (R) John Sullivan (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
JimBridenstine.com
(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.

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."[33]

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.[34]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bridenstine’s reports.[35]

Jim Bridenstine (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[36]April 15, 2013$14,790.47$19,575.00$(17,114.78)$17,250.69
July Quarterly[37]July 15, 2013$17,250.69$127,718.71$(8,633.51)$136,335.89
October Quarterly[38]October 15, 2013$136,335.89$96,346.37$(50,155.76)$182,526.50
Year-End Quarterly[39]Deceber 31, 2013$182,526$180,709$(45,270)$318,019
April Quarterly[40]April 15, 2014$318,019.31$73,230.46$(68,960.22)$322,289.55
Pre-Primary[41]June 12, 2014$322,289.55$48,579.17$(71,375.25)$299,493.47
July Quarterly[42]July 14, 2014$299,493.47$14,799.44$(7,787.13)$306,505.78
October Quarterly[43]October 15, 2014$306,505.78$79,683.39$(43,842.74)$342,346.43
Pre-General[44]October 23, 2014$342,346.43$27,525$(3,635.34)$366,236.09
Running totals
$668,166.54$(316,774.73)

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.[45]

Cost per vote

Bridenstine spent $4.23 per vote received in 2012.


Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
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:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

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.[46] Between 2011 and 2012, Bridenstine's calculated net worth[47] 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.[48]

Jim Bridenstine Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2011$38,788
2012$-22,148
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-157%
Average annual growth:-157%[49]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[50]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.

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 "moderate Republican follower" as of July 2014.[51]

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.[52]

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 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.[53]

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.

2013

Bridenstine ranked 115th in the conservative rankings in 2013.[54]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

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.[55]

2013

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.[56]

Personal

Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have three children.[57]

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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," accessed November 6, 2012
  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 - DHS Appropriations Act (2014) 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 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
  22. Project Vote Smart, "HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Voting Record," accessed September 16, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "House Resolution 676," accessed July 30, 2014
  24. Yahoo News, "Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead," accessed July 30, 2014
  25. Washington Post, "House clears way for lawsuit against Obama," accessed July 30, 2014
  26. 26.0 26.1 On The Issues, "Vote Match Result for Jim Bridenstine," accessed June 17, 2014
  27. 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.
  28. RedState, "Fight club," accessed March 6, 2013
  29. Politico, "Jim Bridenstine says no to Senate run," accessed January 29, 2014
  30. Politico, "FreedomWorks backs Ted Yoho, Tim Scott, Mark Sanford," accessed March 19, 2014
  31. Oklahoma Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Results"
  32. JimBridenstine.com, "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results," accessed June 15, 2012
  33. RealClearPolitics.com, "Museum: Sullivan's claims 'recklessly false,'" accessed June 21, 2012
  34. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Jim Bridenstine," accessed April 22, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "Jim Bridenstine Summary Report," accessed August 1, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed August 1, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 30, 2013
  38. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2013
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  40. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  41. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 31, 2014
  42. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  43. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 31, 2014
  44. Federal Election Commission, "Pre-General," accessed October 31, 2014
  45. Open Secrets, "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 4, 2013
  46. OpenSecrets, "Bridenstine, 2012," accessed January 14, 2014
  47. 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).
  48. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  49. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  50. 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.
  51. GovTrack, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
  52. OpenCongress, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
  53. GovTrack, "Jim Bridenstine," accessed July 22, 2014
  54. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 18, 2014
  55. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  56. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 4, 2013
  57. JimBridenstine.com, "About Jim Bridenstine," accessed April 1, 2014
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