Congressman Jim Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First
Congressional District. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the
Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS
Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq
and Afghanistan and gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier arrested
landings. While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and
flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN.
After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director
of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Bridenstine’s background
includes a triple major at Rice University, a MBA from Cornell University, 9 years
active duty in the United States Navy, and business experience in real estate,
ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.
Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy
Reserve in 2012 while flying missions in Central and South America in support of
America’s war on drugs. Most recently he transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling
Wing of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, where he will fly with an MC-12
squadron stationed at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.