|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st district
January 3, 2013
|Preceded by||John Sullivan|
|Born||James Frederick Bridenstine
June 15, 1975
Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Ivory Bridenstine|
|Alma mater||Rice University
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||Active: 1998–2007
James Frederick "Jim" Bridenstine (born June 15, 1975) is an American politician who has been the United States Representative for Oklahoma's 1st congressional district, based in Tulsa, since 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Early life, education, and military service
Bridenstine was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a Jenks High School graduate, a graduate of Rice University with three majors, and has an MBA from Cornell University. He is a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium and is a Naval Aviator in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flies the E-2C Hawkeye in Central and South America in support of the War on Drugs.[non-primary source needed] Bridenstine is an Eagle Scout and received several military awards, including the Air Medal. As of 2016 Bridenstine is a State of Oklahoma record holder in 200 meter swimming (freestyle, relay).
U.S. House of Representatives
In the Republican primary election on June 26, 2012, Bridenstine defeated five-term incumbent U.S. Congressman John Sullivan 54% to 46%. Although he identified with the tea party and was perceived as running to Sullivan's right, Bridenstine's actual policy statements differed little from those of Sullivan.  [needs update] In the November 2012 general election, he defeated Democratic nominee John Olson 63%–32%, and won all five counties in the district. Bridenstine had effectively clinched a seat in Congress by ousting Sullivan in the Republican primary. The 1st is a heavily Republican district with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+16, and has been in Republican hands since 1987.
Bridenstine automatically retained his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2016 election.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
Bridenstine introduced the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act of 2013 (H.R. 2413; 113th Congress) into the House on June 18, 2013. Bridenstine introduced the bill in response to several 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. Bridenstine said that "my state has seen all too many times the destructive power of tornadoes and severe weather. In the wake of the latest outbreak in May that cost 48 lives, it is painfully clear that we must do more." Bridenstine claimed 30 times more money was being spent on climate change research than on weather forecasting and warning, a claim that is not true.
In 2013, Bridenstine sponsored an amendment to the annual defense appropriations bill, which would have required Department of Defense reports on the strategic importance of natural gas interests in the Caspian Sea area, and the value of building a gas pipeline out of the region. This came after a visit to Baku upon invitation of the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic. Of 10 members of Congress he was the only one who disclosed the value of the trip (more than $14,100).
In the 2014 election cycle, Bridenstine´s top 3 campaign contributors were Northrop Grumman, Latshaw Drilling, American Optometric Association, Citizens United and the Every Republican is Crucial Political Action Committee. He received $29,000 from donors associated with the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians and the Assembly of the Friends of Azerbaijan (AFAZ), per an analysis of the Center for Responsive Politics.
In 2016 it was revealed he was one of 9 members of Congress who took a trip secretly funded by the government of Azerbaijan and had to turn over gifts the country gave him to the House Clerk after an ethics investigation.
Bridenstine is one of three co-chairs of the Veterans Coalition supporting Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential campaign. He is joined in "Vets for Ted" by former U.S. Senator Bob Smith of New Hampshire and Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell. Bill Connor is national director of the coalition.
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- "About Jim Bridenstine the Republican Patriot For U.S. Congress". Jimbridenstine.com. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- "Veteran in the Spotlight - Jay Henderson". Rep. Jim Bridenstine. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- "Oklahoma Swimming Records" (PDF). teamunify.com. 9 April 2016. p. 6. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
- "Tea Party favorite Bridenstine defeats incumbent Sullivan in Oklahoma House race". Fox News. June 27, 2012.
- "Five-Term Oklahoma Congressman Sullivan Suffers Primary Defeat". KOTV. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- Dan Phillips (2012-06-27). "Bridenstine Defeats Incumbent Sullivan In Primary". KTUL. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press (2012-06-27). "Navy pilot upsets 5-term Oklahoma congressman". SFGate. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
- http://www.washingtontimes.com, The Washington Times. "3 incumbent GOP state legislators lose primaries". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-10-21.
- "H.R. 2413 – Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- Kasperowicz, Pete (28 March 2014). "GOP: Predict storms, not climate change". The Hill. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
- "Rep. Jim Bridenstine says U.S. spends 30 times as much on climate change research as on weather forecasting". Politifact.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
- Jim Bridenstine congressional office (June 12, 2013). "Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Economic Freedom and Political Independence in Former Soviet Republics" (press release). Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Scott Higham; Steven Rich; Alice Crites (13 March 2015). "10 members of Congress took trip secretly funded by foreign government". Washington Post. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- James Bridenstine (13 June 2013). "Member post travel disclosure form" (PDF). US House Committee on Ethics. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "James Bridenstine top 20 Contributors, 2013-2014". The Center for Responsive Politics. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "James Bridenstine top 100 Contributors, 2013-2014". The Center for Responsive Politics. 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- Dickson, Rebecca (2016-06-16). "Lawmakers turned over gifts after secretly funded trip to Azerbaijan". TheHill. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
- "Sen. Cruz Names U.S. Sen. Bob Smith, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, and Texas Sen. Brian Birdwell Co-chairs of Vets for Ted; Bill Connor to Serve as National Director". tedcruz.org. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
- Congressman Jim Bridenstine official U.S. House website
- Jim Bridenstine for Congress
- Jim Bridenstine at DMOZ
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at The Library of Congress
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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 1st congressional district
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