President Donald Trump To Nominate U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine As 13th NASA Administrator

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NASA's Robert Lightfoot issued a statement

Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot issued a statement on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, above, to serve as the 13th NASA administrator. Bridenstine, a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA  – Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot issued a statement on Friday’s announcement of the intended nomination by President Donald Trump of U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to serve as the 13th NASA administrator.

Bridenstine (R-Okla.) is a growing presence in the Washington space policy scene. The 39-year-old sophomore from Tulsa made a splash in his first term as an ally for the budding commercial weather satellite industry.

“I am pleased to have Rep. Bridenstine nominated to lead our team,” said Lightfoot.

“Of course, the nomination must go through the Senate confirmation process, but I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and sharing the great work the NASA team is doing.

“I look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASA’s ongoing mission of exploration and discovery. Our history is amazing, and our future is even brighter, as we continue to build on this nation’s incredible global leadership in human exploration, science, aeronautics and technology.”

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Bridenstine, a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.

He currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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