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Tulsa's new congressman to serve on Armed Services Committee

Republican Jim Bridenstine, a former U.S. Navy pilot, gives Oklahoma coverage in both houses on panels that oversee military policy
by Chris Casteel Published: December 13, 2012

Bridenstine defeated incumbent Rep. John Sullivan, R-Tulsa, in the Republican primary in June and Democrat John Olson in the general election.

He is the former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

The Science, Space and Technology Committee has wide jurisdiction over such matters as energy research, NASA and the National Weather Service.

“Serving on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology will give me a great opportunity to support the private sector as it sets future directions for U.S. energy, aviation and space flight,” Bridenstine said.

“Oklahoma's 1st District has a rich heritage in all these industries and can be a major contributor to each one in the future.”

Oklahoma's other incoming House freshman, Republican Markwayne Mullin, who won the open eastern Oklahoma seat, was assigned last week to committees that oversee the nation's transportation policy, American Indian tribes and federal land.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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