U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, introduced Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-01) ahead of his confirmation hearing. Bridenstine was nominated by President Trump to serve as Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
Mr. Chairman, I am pleased to introduce the real Jim Bridenstine, a friend, colleague, fellow pilot, and resident of our city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who has been nominated to serve as the next Administrator for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. I believe that his background as an aviator, lifelong passion for space, and efforts in Congress to modernize our nation’s space program will serve him well as the next NASA Administrator.
Jim has dedicated much of his adult life to serving his country – first as an active duty Navy pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving as an instructor at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center and as a Naval Reservist combatting drug trafficking in Central and South America. Jim currently serves as a Major in the Oklahoma Air National Guard and is a recognized leader on space and weather issues.
In 2015, Space News named him “one of five space leaders making a difference” – citing his efforts to ensure the more effective use of satellite-based weather data, promote responsible opportunities for commercial space launches, and recognize the intersection of space and the national security of the United States.
Jim’s interest in aviation and space was obvious when he served as the Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and organized the QuikTrip Air and Rocket Racing Show in 2010 – which I happened to fly in.
NASA is poised to unleash the economic potential of coordinated public and private investment in space activities. I look forward to his leadership at NASA to help accomplish this.