President Donald Trump intends to nominateÂ Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma) as administrator ofÂ NASA, the White HouseÂ announced Saturday.
Robert Lightfoot, acting NASA administrator, said in a statement he is pleased with Bridenstineâs nomination and looks forward to facilitating a smooth transition.
âI look forward to working with a new leadership team, and the administration, on NASAâs ongoing mission of exploration and discovery,â Lightfoot added.
Bridenstine serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the lower chamberâs science, space and technology panel and is a member of the Oklahoma Air National Guardâs 137th special operations wing.
He spent nearly a decade in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and experienced flying the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and theÂ F-18 Hornet fighter jet at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.
After his military career, Bridenstine served as executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & PlanetariumÂ in Oklahoma.