Republican James 'Jim' Frederick Bridenstine

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James 'Jim' Frederick Bridenstine

Birthdate: June 15, 1975
Birth Place: Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Residence: Tulsa, OK
Religion: Baptist
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Party: Republican
State: Oklahoma
Office: House
District: District 1

Education

Undergraduate: Rice University

Degree: BA

Graduate: Cornell University

Degree: MBA

Jim Bridenstine was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., and resides in Tulsa, Okla. He received a bachelor's degree from Rice University, where he was a triple major in economics, psychology and business. He received a master's of business administration from Cornell University.

Bridenstine served nine years as a pilot in the U.S. Navy and flew combat missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum, he launched an unsuccessful effort to bring one of the three retiring space shuttles to the museum.

Bridenstine and his wife, Michelle, have three children.

Profile

Jim Bridenstine leveraged tea party support and his opponent's past demons to engineer an upset win in the June 2012 Republican primary for Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District seat. He defeated five-term Rep. John Sullivan, 54 percent to 46 percent.

A political newcomer, Bridenstine highlighted Sullivan votes that he said weren't conservative enough for Oklahoma. As the primary election drew close, Bridenstine brought up Sullivan's battle with alcoholism, his 679 missed votes in the House and his arrests more than two decades ago.

"The issue here is all about representation," Bridenstine said the day after his primary victory, which caught most Oklahoma political pundits off guard. "We framed everything from, 'Hey, we were hiring a guy to go to work for us, and he's not acting that way.'"

Sullivan is the first congressman in Oklahoma to be voted out of office since the late Mike Synar lost in 1994.

Bridenstine also focused on what he described as "reckless spending" by Congress and vowed to bring fiscal accountability to Washington.

Bridenstine also promised to serve no more than three terms if elected in November.

He faces Democrat John Olson and independent Craig Allen, both of Tulsa, in the November 2012 general election.

Source: Associated Press

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