Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Decries DOE Denial of Waiver to Oklahoma

2014/08/28

Today, the US Department of Education (DOEd) announced it will deny the Oklahoma State Department of Education's request for flexibility, or a waiver from the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) for the 2014-2015 school year. This means Oklahoma schools will be subject to the provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Under NCLB, one hundred percent of students must be determined to be "proficient" on assessments, or else schools are considered failing and subject to monetary penalties and potential takeovers. "The State of Oklahoma took a key step earlier this summer in reestablishing primacy over the education of our students by voting to repeal Common Core, which has been used as a tool to nationalize curriculum," said Congressman Bridenstine. "The Federal Government is now punishing Oklahoma for not conforming to federal control of education." The US Department of Education granted ESEA waivers to nearly all states based on several criteria, with one of the key requisitesbeing each state must have "college and career-ready" standards, as determined by DOEd. One such set of standards is Common Core, which many states, including Oklahoma, adopted to meet this requirement. However, on June 5th, HB 3399 was signed into law, which repealed Common Core, and required Oklahoma to develop a new set of "college and career-ready" standards by 2016. "Even though Oklahoma continues to meet the rest of the standards for the ESEA waiver, and is actively working toward new, state-developed standards, our students will be punished because Oklahoma is not conforming to federalized education," Bridenstine continued. "This is nothing more than a bullying tactic and an excuse for a federal takeover of schools. "The federal government has no constitutional basis for involvement in our education system. This is the purview of the states and local school districts. Oklahoma acted well within its rights to reject a national curriculum, and I encourage them to resist any attempts by President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to take over our schools. In the meantime, I will continue to work to reduce the federal government's current role in education, including the elimination of the Department of Education."  CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

It’s time to abolish the Department of Education

2014/08/21

Students across the First District of Oklahoma are heading back to school. Teachers are eagerly waiting to meet their new classes. At a time of year when parents are looking to be sure their children are learning in the best environment possible, they should also be turning an eye of scrutiny to the U.S. Department of Education. It is time to consider eliminating the federal Department of Education.  The federalization of education is unconstitutional. The Constitution grants certain enumerated powers to the federal government such as collecting taxes, maintaining a military and establishing Post Offices, but education is not mentioned. The Tenth Amendment clearly states “powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” The belief in Washington, however, seems to be the inverse of this concept: anything not listed in the Constitution falls to the responsibility of federal bureaucrats. It is important to note, power is intentionally reserved to the people by the Constitution. This is in the best interests of the students. When education is federalized, there are programs like Common Core. When education is under local control, there are high performing homeschool groups, faith based private schools, charter schools, and school choice, and parents are taking an active role. In short, when education is localized, students win. The success of education should be rooted in free market economics. Allowing competition, demanding a better product, rewarding efficiencies and high performance are principles that work in the free market and will elevate education. Parents should be allowed to pick the school that best meets the needs of their child, not be forced to accept an educational experience that fails to adequately prepare their child for success. This is especially important for children with special needs. Federal education is quite the opposite of anything resembling a free market. Common Core is an initiative bankrolled by special interests, namely, testing and technology companies that will directly profit from the program. This is the crony capitalism so often found at the core of big government initiatives. Furthermore, Common Core lowers the bar on academic achievement for students. There are no incentives to be above average and there are punishments for students who are either developmentally delayed or perform below average.  Education designed at the federal level is not tailored to the individual, which every parent understands should be the cornerstone of developmental learning.  Parents should make major decisions on educational policy across the nation, not federal bureaucrats. The most important teachers children will ever have are their own parents. Multiple studies show that when a parent is involved in their child’s school and education they perform better in school. The Harvard Family Project 2006 study showed that kindergarten children who have parents reading to them at home are able to recognize letters and perform better in kindergarten.[1] Local control promotes a culture of involvement, where parents are actively engaged in what is happening in the classroom. While many propose that education in the United States would be better if only there was higher funding, historically, as budgets in the Department of Education increased, there was little to no change in testing scores according to decades-long data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.[2] This is not to decry the hard work being done by teachers across the nation; it is simply a symptom in the big picture of government bureaucracy. Abolishing the U.S. Department of Education would return power to the states where it belongs. This would promote accountability in spending and put parents back in the picture. Like any other government program, local control creates truly higher standards because of the investment parents and teachers have in making sure students succeed. I am not an advocate for eliminating public education; I am an advocate for eliminating a top heavy, inefficient Washington-based bureaucracy that is burdening the taxpayer. Education is power, and the children of America deserve better than a federalized education. It’s time to eliminate the Department of Education.   [1] http://www.hfrp.org/publications-resources/browse-our-publications/family-involvement-makes-a-difference-in-school-success#_ftn3 [2] http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pubs/main1999/2000469.asp Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Supports Border Crisis Legislation

2014/08/02

This evening, the House passed two bills addressing the crisis on our southern border.  Neither bill adds to the deficit or debt because funds are taken from other accounts.  Congressman Bridenstine voted “yes” on both. The first bill prioritizes funding for border security and returning children to their countries of origin.  Federal funding is provided for the National Guard called up by governors to deal with the crisis.  Funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is increased.  Loopholes in the 2008 trafficking law are closed, facilitating swift reuniting of children with their families back in their home countries.  Importantly for Ft. Sill and Oklahoma, the legislation prohibits housing unauthorized immigrants on military bases if doing so will displace active duty military personnel or interfere with military activities at the installation. The second bill in the package prevents the President from disregarding the law by blocking funds used to process any new deferred action applications or adjudication or to apply the policy to any class of unlawful residents.  This legislation also prohibits issuing work permits to anyone not in a lawful status in the U.S. “After a laborious process working through issues, we properly balanced U.S. national security and national sovereignty with humanitarian concerns.  The House negotiated and ultimately passed good legislation,” Bridenstine said.  “The House has acted to end this crisis.  It is now time for Senator Reid and President Obama to do their jobs.” Funding in the supplemental appropriations bill is fully offset by rescissions from existing budgeted accounts and includes: ·         $405 million for the Department of Homeland Security to boost Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  ·         $70 million for National Guard border efforts: $35 million for the federal deployment of the Guard and $35 million for reimbursing states for their use of the Guard on the Southern Border. ·         $22 million to accelerate judicial proceedings for immigrants. ·         $197 million for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to maintain custody of Unaccompanied Alien Minors in a humanitarian way until their court date. ·         $40 million redirected from foreign aid to Central American countries to support repatriation assistance to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.   Policy provisions in the legislation include: ·         Amends the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 so all unaccompanied alien children (UAC) are treated the same as Mexican nationals for the purpose of removals. ·         Provides authority to negotiate agreements with foreign countries regarding protections for children returned to their country of nationality. ·         Includes a “last-in, first-out” policy prioritizing removal of minors most recently arrived. ·         Prohibits denying or restricting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) activities on federal land. ·         Authorizes deployment of National Guard to the Southern border.   --  30  -- CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov Read More

Rep. Bridenstine: It’s time to end this war on youth

2014/07/30

President Obama easily motivated young people across the nation to vote in 2012. He captured roughly 67 percent of the youth vote, according to the Center for Research and Information on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University. Yet a recent study from Harvard reported that millennials only trust the government to do the right thing 20 percent of the time. To understand the frustration of the “unemployed generation,” just look at where millennials are right now compared to where they were two years ago. Since the 2012 election, young people have been disillusioned by questionable government agency data collection programs, the failed implementation of Obamacare, continually rising unemployment, the rising cost of living, and of course, student debt. Many college students who voted for Obama in 2008 have graduated and are now stuck in a stagnant economy. Too many of them have had to move back in with their parents. They are making less money than expected, and this is affecting life decisions, including marriage and children. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate for 16-24 year olds in June of 2014 was 35.2 percent. This unemployed generation is competing with more experienced, older workers for entry level jobs. BLS figures do not take into account under-employment, where a millennial is overqualified for their job. A Pew Research Survey indicated that one third of the 26-33 demographic have college degrees, constituting one of the most educated generations in American history. Our sputtering recovery and crippled economy are directly linked to the failed policies of this administration. The employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act has incentivized employers to avoid hiring more employees and to move their employees to part time. The Federal Reserve’s Quantitative Easing policy, an attempt to print our way to prosperity, is out of control, artificially driving up the prices of groceries and other essentials. If the economy ever heats up, inflation will skyrocket. Our over-subsidized higher education system is causing the costs of a college education to explode, adding more and more debt. Thankfully, the mindset of America’s youth is changing. A recent survey from Wells Fargo showed that millennials have a rather conservative view on saving. They are less likely to rack up personal credit card debt, and they see the pitfalls of not having a long term savings plan. These financial trends are spilling into their changing worldview on the role government should play in intervening in the market. They understand, perhaps better than anyone else, that a nation 17 trillion dollars in debt is negatively affecting the America they are inheriting. Young people want the government out of their business, from their emails to their bank accounts. Only 6 percent of millennials surveyed in the Pew Research poll believed that Social Security would offer the same level of benefits currently available to retirees by the time they reach retirement age. These trends should encourage fiscal conservatives. Large segments of politically active youth are growing more and more dissatisfied with an overreaching government. They have some of the answers — and they vote. The U.S. must get our fiscal house in order. Republicans have to be the party that stands up to control spending and reduce our debt. We have to repeal over-burdensome regulations that are stifling business. We have to restore the Fourth Amendment and protect the privacy of all American citizens. And we must maintain a strong national defense in an increasingly dangerous world. We owe the young people of America a better future than the one we are currently giving them. It’s time to end the war on youth and achieve real economic prosperity through fiscally conservative policies. Read More

Inhofe, Bridenstine, Mullin praise Tulsa VA Clinic Provision in VA Reform Bill

2014/07/28

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the Senate and House Veterans Affairs (VA) Committee Chairmen, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Jeff Miller, announced a breakthrough on comprehensive VA reform legislation. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) praised the inclusion of a provision that will allow the Tulsa Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) to pursue a new facility to better serve local veterans’ growing health care needs. Should the legislation pass Congress, the provision would allow the Tulsa CBOC to lease a new cost-effecient facility up to 140,000 gross square feet, for up to a 30-year lifecycle, and with an annual cost per square foot to reflect the market rate in Tulsa for equivalent medical facilities. The provision would also require the VA Secretary to submit a detailed cost benefit analysis to Congress within 90 days should it be determined that a new construction or purchase is the more cost effective option.  “I appreciate Congressman Jeff Miller and Senator Bernie Sanders for including the Tulsa clinic in the new VA reform legislation,” said Sen. Inhofe. "The provision is a significant victory for Oklahoma’s veterans who would otherwise be without a Tulsa facility by 2020. With this provision the Tulsa VA clinic will have the needed resources to pursue a new facility that can meet the growing health care needs of Oklahoma’s veterans. I will continue to work with the delegation and my Senate colleagues to ensure veterans across the state have access to the quality health care they have earned and deserve." Rep. Bridenstine said, "The Tulsa CBOC will increase the medical space, consolidate and expand services, and improve parking.  I know that this facility will improve the quality of care for veterans in the First District.”   Rep. Mullin said, “Many veterans in Oklahoma’s 2nd District travel to Tulsa for care. Improving access to care for local veterans has been an issue my team and I have been working on extensively. Without question, veterans care remains a top priority of mine, and I will continue be a voice for Oklahoma veterans as this legislation moves forward.” “We are pleased that funding for the Tulsa clinic has been included in the latest VA reform bill,” said James Floyd, medical center director of the Ernest Childers VA Outpatient Clinic and the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. “Should the legislation pass, the provision will give us the ability to consolidate into one location and expand the care the clinic provides to veterans.”  The current Tulsa CBOC exists in two different locations with a lease set to expire in 2020 that cannot be renewed due to the locations not meeting current regulations for medical facilities. The new facility will consolidate care to one location, increase parking, and expand services and quality of care for Tulsa’s growing veteran population.  Read More

Oklahoma Congressman Fights Plan to House Illegal Immigrants at Military Bases

2014/07/28

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, a freshman congressman and Navy pilot whose military awards decorate his Capitol Hill office, holds a special affection for fellow servicemen. The Oklahoma Republican also is sympathetic to Central American children who are being smuggled into the United States from Mexico to reunite with family. Bridenstine witnessed the intersection of those two disparate demographics when, on July 12,  he toured a processing center for unaccompanied migrant children at the Fort Sill Army post in Lawton, Oklahoma. Bridenstine had originally been barred from entering the federal facility housing illegal immigrants from Central America, but finally, 12 days after his first attempt, earned access into the living quarters. In an exclusive interview with The Daily Signal, Bridenstine called for the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the processing centers, to stop housing minors at U.S. military bases. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week approved a request from HHS to house an additional 5,000 minors at military facilities, including Fort Sill, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, and Naval Base Ventura County in California. The agreement commits those facilities to be used through Jan. 31, 2015. The announcement has fueled concerns that what was initially described as a short-term measure is becoming an open-ended commitment. “Military bases were not designed to be refugee camps,” Bridenstine said. “We need to get these facilities back so that we can have the troops do the training they need to do.” Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine on Court Ruling Invalidating Obamacare Subsidies

2014/07/22

“Today a federal appeals court eviscerated Obamacare by ruling that billions of dollars of federal subsidies are illegal.  The purpose of the Obamacare subsidies was to encourage states to set up healthcare insurance exchanges.  When 34 states including Oklahoma refused to create exchanges, the Administration created federal exchanges to provide subsidies, contrary to the clear language in the law," said Congressman Jim Bridenstine.  “This is another example of the President attempting to change the law by decree, which the D.C. Circuit Court correctly opposed today." As Senior Circuit Judge Raymond Randolph of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said, "Section 36B plainly makes subsidies available in the Exchanges established by states.” The law does not provide for subsidies to individuals who bought health insurance through federal exchanges. The decision was handed down by a three judge panel in a 2-1 ruling.  The Obama administration is expected to ask the full D.C. Circuit Court to reverse the panel’s decision.  The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals also ruled today, taking the opposite position by declaring that the language in the law was not “determinative”.  Bridenstine responded, “The language and the intent of the law is clear.  The intent was to encourage state exchanges and not to offer subsidies through a federal exchange.”   --  30  -- Read More

Oklahoma Delegation urges Obama Administration to reconsider use of Ft. Sill to house Unaccompanied Alien Children

2014/07/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Oklahoma Congressional Delegation today urged the Obama Administration to reconsider its use of Fort Sill Army Base in Lawton, Okla., as a long-term holding facility for Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC).   On Friday, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel approved a request from HHS to extend and expand the Department of Defense’s (DOD) commitment to house UAC on military bases. The agreement calls for the DOD to house up-to an additional 5,000 UAC in addition to the ongoing support for 3,600 children approved in May. The agreement also commits DOD facilities to be used through January 31, 2015.  “First and foremost, the Oklahoma delegation is proud of Fort Sill and the community for rising to the occasion to assist the children that are in the crosshairs of this unfortunate crisis. There is significant concern the contract with Fort Sill is turning into a commitment beyond what was originally proposed by the Administration and will soon begin to impede on the base’s vital responsibility to house and train new recruits,” said Sen. Jim Inhofe, ranking member of Senate Armed Services Committee. “During my visit in June to meet the children and tour UAC housing, I warned local leaders that I fully expected the Obama Administration to push its limits with the use of Fort Sill. The Obama Administration’s lack of organization and the President’s failure to send a strong signal that he will secure the border will only increase demand of our military installations. While our military bases have been used before to temporarily aid migrants and refugees, we now have an Administration that is asking our military to do more with less resources than ever before.  President Obama needs to stop putting the onus on our military to manage his crisis, and he needs to prioritize solutions that will quickly reunite these children with their families in their home country.” "Since we learned of the Administration's plan to use military installations for housing unaccompanied illegal minors, I have continually voiced my strong opposition to it,” said Rep. Tom Cole (4-OK). "While the flood of these juveniles has caused an apparent crisis, it is one of the president's own making due to a policy failure stemming from his unwillingness to enforce existing immigration law. Rather than acknowledge the problem at hand, the president has chosen to process individuals and allow them to stay in the United States, causing even more juveniles to make the journey. Not only is this surge causing a strain on the facilities and personnel of our military, but processing and detaining these juveniles on military installations does not and will not lead to a solution to the crisis. It instead incentivizes even more to come. I remain strongly opposed to use of our military bases for housing illegals, and most certainly do not support any time extension for HHS use of these facilities. Regardless of their origin, the treatment of all illegal immigrant children should be the same, meaning deportation should be immediate and mandatory." "The border crisis is a result of Administration policies and failure to enforce the law,” said Rep. Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), member of the House Armed Services Committee.  "The surge of illegal entries at the southern border of the United States has resulted in children suffering and threatens our national security and national sovereignty.  The compassionate thing to do is to deter people from making, or sending their children, on this dangerous journey. "The request to extend use of DOD facilities for housing UAC is a very real threat to U.S. military readiness.  Ft. Sill is the primary artillery training center for troops before deployment.  The barracks are needed in October to prepare them for housing our warfighters in this critical training mission.  Secretary Hagel should not extend or expand the use of Ft. Sill as a UAC camp." “The Administration’s decision to hold the unaccompanied minors at Fort Sill in the first place was irresponsible,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2). “Fort Sill is not designed for this purpose, and turning the facility into a longer-term solution for housing these minors is extremely concerning. We need to be looking for real solutions not temporary fixes.” “Military bases such as Fort Sill have stepped up to temporarily house thousands of unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America. However, the Obama Administration cannot continue to rely on such facilities as a long-term solution to illegal immigration,” said Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-3). “If the president is serious about putting an end to this humanitarian crisis, he can start by securing our border and enforcing our country’s immigration laws.” “This is a problem of the President’s own creation,” said Rep. James Lankford (OK-5). "The task of safely and humanely housing thousands of unaccompanied alien children is a classic example of the President trying to manage a problem, rather than solve a problem. President Obama already has sufficient legal authority from Congress to quickly reunite these children with their families in their home country.  "The law is clear; a child is not considered ‘unaccompanied’ unless they do not have a parent in the United States. The vast majority of these children already have at least one parent illegally in the United States. This is not an issue of human trafficking. This is an issue of ignoring the law and attempting to jump ahead of other immigrants who have waited patiently to legally enter the United States. The quality facilities provided to these children at Ft. Sill are ideal for the Administration to stall the enforcement of existing law and further the President's pro-amnesty agenda. As a father, I remain grateful to the hard-working contract personnel who are responsible for these children while in HHS custody in Oklahoma. But I continue to implore President Obama to enforce the law immediately and stop encouraging children to travel thousands of dangerous miles, only to face a delayed return home.” ### Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Condemns Release of More Guantanamo Detainees

2014/07/17

Congressman Jim Bridenstine: Today, the public was made aware of yet another plan, hatched by the President, undermining America’s national security and placing Americans at risk.  The New York Times reported that the Obama Administration will transfer six Guantanamo Bay detainees to Uruguay, even after the Director of National Intelligence's assessment concluded that nearly 30% of former Guantanamo detainees were confirmed or suspected of reengaging in terrorism after release.  [[{"fid":"527","view_mode":"teaser","fields":{"format":"teaser","field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]":"","field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]":""},"type":"media","attributes":{"style":"float: right;","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] The President’s latest transfer shows that he’s radically out of touch with the sentiments of most Americans.  There’s no reason to transfer these terrorists so soon after our country was badly burned in the Taliban 5 swap.  It’s a dangerous gamble that threatens the lives of Americans and, in particular, our men and women in uniform serving overseas.  Under the law, the Secretary of Defense’s notification to Congress must demonstrate the risk to our national security from released or transferred Guantanamo detainees is “substantially mitigated.”  Given the astounding rates of recidivism reported by the Administration, the President cannot meet this requirement. The President has substantially weakened the U.S. abroad, made us vulnerable at home, and is now releasing terrorists to a leftist regime in South America.  These actions are provocative to our enemies and will cause us to suffer.  The President needs to fire his entire national security team, apologize to our troops and citizens, and change his actions.  Short of that, our country will continue to suffer. CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Comments on Touring HHS Facility Housing UAC at Ft. Sill

2014/07/12

Today Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) toured the HHS facility housing Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) joined him on the tour.  The Congressman sought to gain an understanding of the conditions and status of the UAC and the processes and procedures federal agencies use in securing their safety and releasing them to sponsors in the U.S.  He also sought to gain insight into actions Congress might take to stop the humanitarian crisis and the threat to U.S. national security and national sovereignty posed by the current crisis. Congressman Bridenstine said, “This is a very difficult situation, and I am impressed with the professionalism and compassion of the people who work at the HHS facility as well as the Lawton/Ft. Sill community.  “My concerns were validated regarding the dangers of the journey to the U.S.  The children are exposed to human trafficking, abuse and even death.  My concerns about the ‘sponsors’ to whom the children are being released were also validated.  Since it is very difficult to obtain an accurate background check when the potential sponsors are themselves illegal aliens, HHS personnel rely heavily on asking them questions and the sponsors’ self-reporting.  There are cases where the sponsors are not related to the child, and HHS has acknowledged human traffickers have attempted to obtain release of some children.” Bridenstine said the people at the HHS facility at Ft. Sill do not have all the answers to his questions.  He is providing Kenneth Wolfe, Deputy Director of Public Affairs at HHS, with the list of questions and requesting a response.  The list of questions and the request to HHS is attached. Bridenstine added, “This crisis is directly related to this Administration’s failed policies and refusal to enforce the law.  The President’s $3.7 billion spending proposal will not stop the crisis.  Solving this is a matter of national security and national sovereignty.  We must secure the border and dissuade people from making, or sending their children on, this dangerous journey.  Hiring smugglers and trans-national criminal organizations to bring children into the United States creates a far more dangerous scenario than what the UACs face at home.” --  30  -- [[{"fid":"523","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"file media-element file-full"}}]] Read More

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Congressman Jim Bridenstine is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children in Tulsa, OK.

Bridenstine graduated from Rice University with degrees in economics, business and psychology. After college, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew “Red Air” and was also an instructor.

After leaving active duty, Bridenstine earned an MBA from Cornell University and returned to Tulsa to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. Prior to his election, Rep. Bridenstine was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve where he flew the E-2C Hawkeye, a surveillance and operations command aircraft, in Central and South America in support of America’s war on drugs.


Serving With

Markwayne Mullin

OKLAHOMA's 2nd DISTRICT

Frank Lucas

OKLAHOMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA's 4th DISTRICT

James Lankford

OKLAHOMA's 5th DISTRICT

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