Collins- Congressman-elect Jim Bridenstine

Posted December 3, 2012



This is the second in a series of profiles of the 12 veterans elected to Congress for the first time in November.

Jim Bridenstine has been a member of the United States Navy since 1998, when he joined as a pilot.  Early in his career, he flew missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln, racking up nearly 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings.  He was a participant in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Southern Watch, before transitioning to the F-18 Hornet and flying with the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.  As a Lieutenant Commander in the Naval Reserve, the new representative still flies missions with his reserve unit in support of the War on Drugs.

Following his active Duty service, Mr. Bridenstine earned an MBA from Cornell University. He returned to Tulsa, where he served as the executive director for the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. The Congressman-elect then left that job in order to pursue a career as a consultant for a large firm in Tulsa.

Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Bridenstine family moved to Oklahoma, where the future congressman attended high school and became an Eagle Scout.  He graduated from Rice University in Houston with a triple major in business, economics, and psychology.

The newly elected Representative will represent Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional District, which includes the Tulsa metropolitan area. He makes his home in Tulsa with his wife and three children.