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Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Former Representative for Oklahoma’s 1st District

pronounced jim // BRĪ-dun-stīn

Bridenstine was the representative for Oklahoma’s 1st congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2013 to 2018.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

In 2015 Bridenstine was investigated for travel funded or organized by one or more entities prohibited from providing congressional travel. The House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities.

May. 8, 2015 House Office of Congressional Ethics recommended that the Committee on Ethics further review the allegation
Jul. 31, 2015 House Committee on Ethics concluded implicated House members did not intentionally accept gifts from prohibited entities
Photo of Rep. Jim Bridenstine [R-OK1, 2013-2018]


Legislative Metrics

Read our 2017 Report Card for Bridenstine.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Bridenstine is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2018 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Bridenstine sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 3, 2013 to Dec 21, 2018. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Americans for Prosperity: 100% FreedomWorks: 100% NumbersUSA: 96% NIAC Action: D The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: D

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Bridenstine sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Science, Technology, Communications (50%) Energy (30%) International Affairs (20%)

Recent Bills

Some of Bridenstine’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Bridenstine voted Nay

Bridenstine voted No

Bridenstine voted No

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Bridenstine voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Bridenstine voted Nay

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Bridenstine voted Nay

Bridenstine voted No

Bridenstine voted Nay

Missed Votes

From Jan 2013 to Apr 2018, Bridenstine missed 367 of 3,386 roll call votes, which is 10.8%. This is much worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Apr 2018. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

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