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Jim Bridenstine

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Jim Bridenstine
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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
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$38,002
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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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 November 6, 2012 general election.[4]

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

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]

Elections

2012

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 defeated incumbent John Sullivan in the June 26, 2012 Republican primary.[1][8] 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
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 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."[9]

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.[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

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.[11]

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. [12]

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 4, 2013.[13]

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.[14]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[15]

Voting with party

2013

The website Open Congress 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.[16]

Personal

Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have three children.

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Preceded by
John Sullivan
U.S. House of Representatives - Oklahoma, District 1
2013-Present
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