US Senate confirms appointment of Jim Bridenstine as NASA Administrator
The US Senate on April 20, 2018 confirmed the appointment of Jim Bridenstine as the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the US space agency. The Senate voted 50-49 in favour of Bridenstine.
He was nominated for the post by US President Donald Trump. With this, Bridenstine became the 13th Chief of NASA.
Bridenstine will be taking over the post after almost over 12 months gap since the former Administrator Charles Bolden resigned in January 2017. Since then, Robert M Lightfoot has been leading the space agency as the interim Administrator of NASA.
About Jim Bridenstine
• Bridenstine is a pilot in the US Navy Reserve and has earlier served as the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air; and Space Museum and Planetarium.
• He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and on the Science, Space and Technology Committee.
• He was elected to the US Congress in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.
• He has a rich business experience in real estate, ranching, aerospace, and defense contracting.
• Bridenstine began his naval aviation career by flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.