UPDATE: The Senate confirmation vote is scheduled for 12:45pm cdt, Thursday...
It started in Tulsa...
Jim Bridenstine & Gabe Sherman operated the Tulsa Air & Space Museum nearly 10 years ago. They tried hard to capture one of the decommissioned space shuttles. It cost the museum a lot of money in the unsuccessful effort, but Bridenstine has always pressed hard and made big plans.
The two then launched a political venture and in 2012 Bridenstine defeated the Republican incumbent and became a US Congressman. Sherman operated the district office and remained an essential political architect of Bridenstine's remarkable DC accomplishments. In just 5 years Bridenstine became a key ally of presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz, but pivoted to the assistance of the eventual GOP nominee, Donald Trump.
When the Trump campaign was in their darkest hour, Bridenstine was the only congressman to embark on a national media blitz to shore up the support of the Republican caucus. Trump remembered that devotion to the movement and rewarded it.
Next week Bridenstine & Sherman will begin their new roles in the world's greatest space exploration institution. They will take over the development of the world's next great spacecrafts.
Today the Senate held the first of 2 floor votes(50-48) which will confirm Bridenstine as NASA's new director. Sherman's confirmation will also get a future senate vote.