Jim Bridenstine

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Jim Bridenstine
Jim Bridenstine.jpg
U.S. House, Oklahoma, District 1
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorJohn Sullivan (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$781,233
Term limitsN/A
High schoolJenks High School
Bachelor'sRice University
Master'sCornell University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1998-2007
Date of birthJune 15, 1975
Place of birthAnn Arbor, Michigan
ProfessionNavy Reserve Pilot, Museum Director
Net worth$38,002
Office website
Campaign website
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Jim Bridenstine is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Oklahoma. Bridenstine was first elected by the voters from 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 won election on November 6, 2012.[4]


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:[5]

  • 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.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Bridenstine serves on the following committees:[6]


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.[7]



See also: Oklahoma's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

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.[1][8] 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
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"
Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Bridenstine 53.8% 28,055
John Sullivan 46.2% 24,058
Total Votes 52,113

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."[9]


  • 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.[10]

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


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.[11]


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. [12]

Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012
Poll Jim Bridenstine (R) John Sullivan (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.


Lifetime voting record

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

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.[13]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


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.[14]


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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Preceded by
John Sullivan
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 1
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