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Bridenstine Will Step Down as NASA Administrator

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Joel Kowsky
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NASA

Former Oklahoma U.S. Rep. and President Trump appointee Jim Bridenstine said he will not stay on as NASA administrator even if asked to by President-elect Joe Biden.

Bridenstine has been in the post since 2018 after six years representing Oklahoma’s first congressional district. Bridenstine told Aerospace Daily his decision was not partisan but in the space agency’s best interest.

Bridenstine told the online publication the NASA administrator must have a close relationship with the president and the trust of his administration, and he doesn’t think he’d be the right person for that in a new administration.

But, Bridenstine believes there’s bipartisan agreement that the United States should be the world leader in space exploration, putting NASA programs in a good position going forward.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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