|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|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|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 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Polls
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Personal
- 10 Recent news
- 11 External links
- 12 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 November 6, 2012 general election.
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 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:
- 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
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
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.
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. 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|
|Source: Oklahoma Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|John Sullivan Incumbent||46.2%||24,058|
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."
- Restoring America Project
- Can-Do Conservatives of America
- Combat Veterans for Congress PAC
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|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District, 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|
|Oklahoma's Congressional District 1, 2012|
|Poll||Jim Bridenstine (R)||John Sullivan (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(May 17, 2012)
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Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
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.
Voting with party
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.
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 + House"
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- 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"
- National Journal, "Oklahoma, 1st House District," November 6, 2012
- CQ.com, House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress
- RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
- Oklahoma Secretary of State "2012 Primary Results"
- realclearpolitics.com "Museum: Sullivan's claims 'recklessly false'" Accessed June 21, 2012
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Jim Bridenstine," Accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Jim Bridenstine 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 4, 2013
- jimbridenstine.com "Bridenstine Campaign Announces Internal Polling Results" Accessed June 15, 2012
- Gov Track "Jim Bridenstine," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "JIm Bridenstine," Accessed April 17, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "James Bridenstine (R-Okla), 2011," accessed February 22, 2013
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
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