Congressman-elect Jim Bridenstine selected for U.S. House of Representatives committees

TULSA - Republican Congressman-elect Jim Bridenstine announced Tuesday he has been selected to serve on the Armed Services and the Science, Space and Technology committees in U.S. House of Representatives.

Elected from Oklahoma's 1st District, Bridenstine said he is pleased at his selection for the Armed Services Committee due to his experience as a current active member of the Navy Reserve and after having served active duty in the Navy for nine years.

"Military bases are big contributors to Oklahoma's economy. My experience as a Navy pilot engaged in combat operations, defense systems procurement and counter drug missions means I'll be able to contribute immediately to the Committee's critical national defense work," he said.

The former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum also described as a good fit his selection to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Committee whose jurisdiction covers all research in energy, civil aviation, and the environment, including development and commercial applications, "areas critical to Oklahoma's economy, as well as NASA, the National Science Foundation, and the National Weather Service," he said.

Serving on the committee will give him an opportunity to support the private sector as it sets future directions for U.S. energy, aviation and space flight, industries in which he said Oklahoma's 1 st District has a rich heritage and toward which the district can be a major contributor in the future.

Bridenstine secured Oklahoma's First District Congressional Seat by defeating incumbent Congressman John Sullivan in the June 26 primary election and Democratic nominee John Olson in the Nov. 6 general election.

The announcement of the selection was made Tuesday by the Republican Conference Steering Committee is subject to confirmation by the entire Republican Conference when Congress convenes in early January.

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