Congressman Jim Bridenstine

Representing the 1st District of Oklahoma
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Sep 17, 2014 Jim's Blog

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.

Sep 9, 2014 Jim's Blog

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.

Aug 21, 2014 Jim's Blog

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.

Jul 30, 2014 Jim's Blog

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.

Jul 10, 2014 Jim's Blog

Media Advisory from the Oklahoma Army National Guard

Veterans Job Fair to help match military job seekers with employers 

Jun 19, 2014 Jim's Blog

In December, the House passed HR 3521 – the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act.   This bill is critical for veterans in the First District.  HR 3521 authorizes funding for 27 major VA facilities, including the proposed 140,000 square foot Tulsa Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).

Jun 18, 2014 Jim's Blog

The House GOP Leadership election this week is a short term “tryout” period, only serving the balance of the 113th Congress which ends on January 2, 2015.  No member is beholden to vote for anyone in the 114th leadership election.  I certainly reserve my right to vote for a new team in the 114th Congress if necessary. 

Jun 10, 2014 Jim's Blog

The following letter was sent to Gene L. Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States, on June 3rd, 2014. 

A downloadable PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.




Jun 10, 2014 Jim's Blog

The following letter was sent to The Honorable Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture on May 21, 2014.

A downloadable PDF can be found at the bottom of this page.





Jun 5, 2014 Jim's Blog

The Obama Administration has taken major steps toward shutting down the US coal industry, a stated goal from his presidential campaign.  The Environmental Protection Agency proposed sweeping new regulations to limit so-called “greenhouse gas” emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.  These regulations would make coal-powered electrical generation in the US uneconomical.  Under this plan