Jim Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine

OKLAHOMA's 1st DISTRICT

Congressman Jim Bridenstine “Securing America” Town Hall

2014/10/16

Congressman Jim Bridenstine invites the entire 1st District to a Town Hall meeting focusing on Securing America, Tuesday evening October 21st, 6:30-8:00 PM, at the Mabee Center in Tulsa.  Security is the biggest issue with voters this year.  In addition to financial, healthcare, and job security, people are now highly concerned with border security and national security.  Surveys are finding that Americans feel less safe and more vulnerable than they did a year ago, with over 50% saying terrorism is their top concern. ISIS is an existential threat to democracy, directly targeting the United States, while Hamas terrorist continue to threaten Israel. Drug cartels and trans-national criminal organizations effectively control the Mexican northern border – our southern border. In addition, cases of Ebola have been confirmed in the United States. Bridenstine invites his constituents to hear his perspective and share their concerns on these and other threats to American security. Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, he has been an outspoken advocate for national security and national sovereignty. When and Where:          Tuesday, October 21st    6:30-8:00 PM    Mabee Center, 81st and Lewis, Tulsa More information at: http://bridenstine.house.gov/SecuringAmerica CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  --   Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Closing GTMO

2014/10/10

Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama Administration is considering options for executive action to close the terrorist detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay.  Congressman Jim Bridenstine had the following comment: At a time when the War on Terror is raging against ISIS and Al Qaeda, closing Guantanamo would, once again, show that President Obama puts politics before national security.   Releasing or transferring detainees comes at great risk.  The recidivism rate among former GTMO detainees is astonishing.  Indeed, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence stated that at least 30% of former GTMO detainees reengaged in terrorism post-release.  It’s completely irresponsible and immoral to make our troops fight the same enemy twice.    Transferring GTMO detainees to the United States is equally irresponsible.  The President would put a giant bulls-eye on any federal prison forced to hold detainees.  We have seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen that Islamist terrorists will target detention facilities holding their brethren.  Congress has repeatedly prevented the President from closing Guantanamo in annual defense authorization and appropriation bills.  Yet, President Obama has shown he’s willing to go around Congress and violate the law.  He already did so in exchanging the Taliban Five for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.  The President ignored the law that requires he tell Congress 30 days before approving any release from Guantanamo.  I fear that he’s willing to break the law again.  The question the President must answer is, “Why now?”  There is no explanation other than his desire put a misguided campaign promise ahead of our country’s national security interest.  CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  -- Read More

Tulsa-Based U.S. Pioneer Announces Major Contract with United States Navy

2014/10/01

TULSA – October 1, 2014 - Tulsa-based U.S. Pioneer today announced it has secured two contracts with the United States Navy totaling nearly $5 million for the purpose of converting Navy ship battle lanterns from using disposable batteries to rechargeable batteries on all Navy ships stationed around the world.  The contract will result in the creation of at least 6 new manufacturing jobs in Tulsa.  “With these new contracts the Navy will be able to eliminate all their disposable lantern batteries with rechargeable ones,” said U.S. Pioneer Chief Executive Officer Les Lapidus. “This is a big step in helping the U.S. Navy’s energy and maintenance savings efforts.”  Lapidus also credited First District United States Congressman Jim Bridenstine for his assistance in bringing about this cost-saving measure which will create jobs in Tulsa while saving United States taxpayers money: “We owe Congressman Bridenstine a big thank you for his support in our continued success.  We are honored to have his backing in our efforts to continue to make an economic impact here in Tulsa.”  “I congratulate Les Lapidus and the entire U.S. Pioneer team on this contract.  The battle lantern battery conversion contracts awarded to U.S. Pioneer will save taxpayer dollars and create new national security jobs in the First District,” said Congressman Jim Bridenstine.  “More efficient use of military resources is a win for America.  When job creation in the First District is achieved coincident with fiscal responsibility at the federal level, I see that as a big win.  As a Naval Aviator, I’m particularly proud of U.S. Pioneer’s 65-plus year record of providing superb shipboard electronic equipment to the Navy.”     About U.S. Pioneer Inc.:  A Tulsa, Oklahoma based manufacturing company, U.S. Pioneer is one of the largest suppliers of shipboard electrical components to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy shipbuilding industry.   CONTACTS: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director, Congressman Jim Bridenstine Phone: 202-225-2211   Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov   Josh Bryan, U.S. Pioneer Sales Manager Email Address: josh@uspioneer.net    ## 30 ## Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Congratulates Local Contribution to Israeli Defense: Ducommun LaBarge

2014/09/30

I am proud to announce that Tulsa is directly contributing to Israel’s defense.   Ducommun LaBarge of Tulsa, a pillar of Oklahoma’s defense industry, was selected to provide components for the Iron Dome missile defense system.  Collaboration between the Israeli and American defenses is a winning strategy for both counties. Iron Dome has a stunningly successful record with thousands of intercepts of rockets and mortars, including those fired by Hamas terrorists into Israel during July and August.  Iron Dome helps keep the people of Israel safe. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will do everything in my power to ensure Israel has the resources it needs to defend itself from terrorists such as Hamas and Hezbollah. I congratulate Ducommun LaBarge on a big win for Tulsa and our country.               CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov --  30  --    Attached:  Raytheon Press Release Link to YouTube Video of Congressman’s Statement:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpbynlAW9ZE Read More

Tulsa Couple Recognized For Fighting Against Child Sex Trade

2014/09/23

TULSA, Oklahoma -Every year, 100,000 American children are sexually exploited; either forced into prostitution or made to participate in child pornography. That's the equivalent to every single citizen of Broken Arrow being controlled, manipulated and abused in a year's time. The child sex trade is a demand and supply business, so a Green Country couple created a group to go after the demand side, targeting the predators. They've been so successful that Congressman Jim Bridenstine honored them with a Spotlight Award Monday. Jason and Kristin Weis were an average couple sitting at home watching the news, when they saw a story about a man who sexually abused his daughter, videotaped it and put it on the Internet. The story talked about how many people logged on to watch the assault. "They weren't logging on to help stop the act; they were actually watching the act for pleasure,” Kristin said. That moment changed their lives, as they made it their mission to catch predators and help victims. They created a non-profit group called The Demand Project and work with officers as they raid places of forced prostitution and child porn rings. They go along to rescue victims of the sex trade and help the victims get housing, jobs and whatever else they need to get back on their feet. "You've got to help them mentally, physically, spiritually, financially, psychologically, whatever they need to become successes,” Kristin said. They also teach parents about the red flags to look for when their kids are talking to people online, and keep parents knowledgeable about the technology predators use to reach out to kids. "And, kids need to understand not everybody they're talking to online is who they say they are,” said Jason. Bridenstine presented the couple with a Spotlight Award for the work they're doing to stop the sexual exploitation of children and to be a safe haven for those who have been used and abused. The Demand Project The couple said they certainly don't do it alone. "There's no way for us to do any of this without community support,” said Jason. He and his wife moved to Oklahoma from Colorado in 2006, and, in addition to their work with The Demand Project, Jason was recently sworn in as a Jenks Police officer. Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Recognizes Medal of Honor Recipient Spc. 4 Donald Sloat from Coweta

2014/09/18

Ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, and in Oklahoma over the past few days have recognized Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat from Coweta, Oklahoma.  Spc. 4 Sloat was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic act that saved the lives of his companions during the Vietnam War. The U.S. Army reports his gallantry: Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner with 3rd Platoon, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, during combat operations near Danang, South Vietnam. On the morning of Jan. 17, 1970, Sloat's squad was on patrol, moving up a small hill in file formation, according to documentation of the battle. "The lead Soldier tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap, set up by enemy forces," according to the document. As the grenade rolled down the hill, Sloat knelt and picked it up. "After initially attempting to throw the grenade, Sloat realized that detonation was imminent" so he drew the grenade to his body and shielded his squad members from the blast, saving their lives, but sacrificing his own, the document concludes. “I was honored to facilitate the Medal of Honor recognition long overdue to this brave soldier by moving the requisite legislation through Congress.  After meeting with his family, I am even more moved.  Members of my staff were able to attend the ceremonies at Coweta and the Pentagon.  We are all honored to know the bravery of this young man from our district,” commented Congressman Bridenstine.  CONTACT: Sheryl Kaufman, Communications Director Phone: 202-225-2211 Email Address: Sheryl.Kaufman@mail.house.gov    --  30  --       Read More

Congressman Jim Bridenstine Opposes Arming Syrian Rebels and Governing by Continuing Resolution

2014/09/17

The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) today with an amendment to authorize the President’s plan to arm Syrian rebels to oppose ISIS.  Congressman Jim Bridenstine voted NO on both. “Passing a CR marks a failure to govern.  The American people have been denied their representation.  The House has worked through the budget and spending process to express the priorities of constituents.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has killed every House Appropriation bill, refused to pass any of his own, and precluded Congress from exercising its constitutional authority over the purse.  “Even worse, the CR was amended to include an authorization to train and equip so-called ‘moderate rebels’ in Syria.  If ISIS is a threat, we should eliminate it, not train and arm foreigners with extremely limited common interests and questionable loyalties.  Certainly, we should build coalitions, but we should not lead from behind with half measures that will not accomplish the objective.”   [[{"fid":"538","view_mode":"full","fields":{"format":"full"},"type":"media","attributes":{"class":"media-element file-full"}}]] --  30  -- Read More

Securing the Blessings of Liberty, Constitution Day 2014

2014/09/17

In 1787, fifty-five delegates from twelve states began the process of drafting the United States Constitution. Eventually, only thirty-nine of the fifty-five delegates signed the final draft. These men from across a new nation could not have disagreed more about the framing of government. Many, such as Alexander Hamilton, favored a larger, stronger centralized government. Others, such as George Mason of Virginia, pushed for a limited federal government that relied more heavily on the power of the states. Eventually, through much debate, our Constitution was drafted with a federal government much more extensive than established in the Articles of Confederation. States’ rights advocates pushed for further clarification to prevent abuses from a larger federal government, and the Bill of Rights -- the first ten Amendments to the Constitution -- was created. This amazing example of selfless cooperation set the foundation for the world’s greatest nation. [[{"fid":"536","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 United States Constitution is a unique document in the world -- not because of what it says, but because of to whom it is addressed. Our Constitution was written not as a rulebook for the people but rather for the federal government, setting very clear limitations on federal power. Some in Washington today would invert that power structure and eliminate state sovereignty if possible. Arguing that the Constitution is a living document and is long outdated and in need of an overhaul, they contend it should be changed to enumerate rights of the people and entrust the federal government to see that we receive all our entitlements. They fail to understand that neither the government nor the Constitution are capable of granting us rights. Our rights are endowed from our Creator and demonstrated through natural law. The Constitution simply acknowledges those rights and protects and promotes an environment where those rights can be exercised freely by defining the parameters in which the federal government can operate. Today, those of us who are passionate about or have sworn allegiance to defend this 200 year old document, are often mocked and ridiculed for our deeply held beliefs. This mockery is misplaced. It is not the document we hold in such high regard, it is what the document acknowledges that we desire to celebrate, defend, and even lay down our lives to protect. We believe in the freedom of speech, we believe in the right to bear arms, and we believe in the freedom to assemble and to freely speak and petition our government. We are not passionate about the Constitution because it is a faded, yellowed document, but because the institutions and ideals it establishes will never fade. The Constitution is not a decree from a king to his subjects. It is not an executive order from the President to the citizens. It is a directive to the federal government from the people. The text of the preamble states: “We the People in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Notice the emphasis is on the people, not the government. It would be the people who would fulfill the vision of the founders to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for defense, promote welfare and secure liberty for future generations. This country would rise or fall not at the direction of a ruling class or oppressive dictator, but at the will, involvement, and courage of the people. The founding fathers were principled men who stood on the ideals of self-governance and freedom from tyranny. Some states’ delegates chose not to sign, perhaps because they realized that by signing the Constitution, they were embracing persecution from an oppressive, far-distant government for the cause of liberty. We must see a return to the resolve of the founding fathers when it comes to the protection of Constitutional principles in our nation today. As Joseph Warren appropriately said, “On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.” This Constitution Day, we celebrate the significance of our past while looking toward our future, knowing that “We the People” must be just as committed to securing the blessings of liberty in 2014 as our founders were in 1787.   Read More

Bridenstine Votes Against EPA Regulatory Overreach

2014/09/09

I cosponsored and today I voted in favor of the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, H.R. 5078. Time and time again, we have seen this administration use the regulatory process to increase the federal government’s authority, bypass Congressional intent, and trample on states’ rights. The proposed rule from the EPA and Corps of Engineers to expand the scope of the Clean Water Act is just another in a series of power grabs by an imperial president. [[{"fid":"534","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; height: 250px; width: 250px;","class":"media-element file-teaser"}}]] Under this proposed rule, self-contained ponds, wetlands, and even ditches would be considered “navigable waters,” and thus eligible to be regulated by EPA. When Congress first passed the Clean Water Act, they never intended these to be covered by this legislation. Making the definition of “navigable waters” so expansive, the EPA is essentially trying to attempt a land grab.  If property runs along a ditch, or a floodplain, or a riparian area, the EPA would have the authority to restrict the owner’s use of the land. Energy companies can’t perform exploration activities, developers can’t build, farmers can’t maintain their crops, and ranchers can’t raise their livestock without approval from the EPA. Michael Kelsey, the head of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, has said that this amounts to the EPA “giving us permission to farm.” If this president and those at the EPA working to implement his extreme environmentalist agenda get their way, Mr. Kelsey is unfortunately correct. Oklahomans love Oklahoma. They are not going to destroy their land or sully their water – but they are going to utilize the natural resources available to them. This intrusion by the federal government will severely limit their ability to do so. That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 5078, which prohibits the EPA and the Corps from implementing their proposed rule to redefine “waters of the United States.”  Once again, the American people see that the House of Representatives is working diligently to increase economic freedom and reduce government intrusion into our lives, while the Senate sits idly by as this President makes a mockery of the legislative process. H.R. 5078 is necessary to prevent yet another power grab, and I am pleased that it passed the House. Now the Senate has responsibility to act. Read More

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

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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.


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