Politics

Bridenstine Has Second Interview for NASA Post

Says interview ‘went well’ but hasn’t been offered administrator’s position

Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., serves on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine said a second interview to be administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration “went well.”

But Bridenstine told the Tulsa World he has not gotten a formal offer from the Donald Trump administration.

“It went well,” said the three-term congressman, who has indicated he would not run for re-election next year, “but I have not had anything offered.”

Bridenstine has emerged as a favorite of the commercial space industry.

While he lacks the science background of previous NASA administrators, he is a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee who has advocated for space exploration.

“NASA is something that Republicans and Democrats both like,” he said. “It’s something everybody wants to do.”

Bridenstine was a military pilot and director of Tulsa’s Air and Space Museum.

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