President Donald Trump has selected Rep. Jim Bridenstine as his choice to become his Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Bridenstine was elected to the U.S House in 2012 to represent the First Congressional District of Oklahoma, where he serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
Bridenstine has a strong conservative voting record while serving in Congress, getting a 95 percent ranking from the Club for Growth and an 88 percent ranking from Heritage Action. He is also a leading proponent of privatizing and commercializing U.S. space activities.
“Our civil and defense space enterprises must not compete with the private sector, but enable domestic, commercial launch, and space capabilities,” he said.
The Senate has dragged their feet on confirming Bridenstine for the position up to this point, but they are expected to finally begin the process in the upcoming days. Five dozen of his colleagues in the U.S. House have signed onto a letter urging the Senate to expedite his confirmation process. Bridenstine has been chastised by the liberal media frequently because of his stance on global warming, which he does not believe is a pressing issue given America’s huge energy needs.
“I think right now we’re just scratching the surface as to the entire system of the Earth,” Bridenstine said, urging skepticism to sweeping policy changes meant to combat global warming.
In addition to standing for conservative values while serving in the legislature, Bridenstine has decades of experience in the aviation field. Bridenstine began his career in naval aviation by flying combat missions in the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier during deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. After coming home, Bridenstine returned to Okahaoma and served as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium. He also holds a triple major from Rice University and an M.B.A. from Cornell University.