Bruce Westerman

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Bruce Westerman
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arkansas's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Tom Cotton
Majority Leader of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
January 2013 January 2015
Preceded by Johnnie Roebuck
Succeeded by Ken Bragg
Member of the ArkansasHouseofRepresentatives
from the 22nd district
In office
January 2013 January 2015
Preceded by Nate Bell
Succeeded by Mickey Gates
Member of the ArkansasHouseofRepresentatives
from the 30th district
In office
January 2011 January 2013
Preceded by Bill Sample
Succeeded by Charles Armstrong
Personal details
Born
Bruce Eugene Westerman

(1967-11-18) November 18, 1967 (age 51)
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Sharon French
Children4
Education University of Arkansas (BS)
Yale University (MS)
Website House website

Bruce Eugene Westerman (born November 18, 1967) is a Republican U.S. Representative for Arkansas' 4th congressional district. Previously, he served as the Majority Leader of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

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Arkansas House of Representatives lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly

The Arkansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Arkansas. The House is composed of 100 members elected from an equal amount of constituencies across the state. Each district has an average population of 29,159 according to the 2010 federal census. Members are elected to two-year terms and, since the 2014 Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to sixteen years cumulative in either house.

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In 2014, Westerman ran successfully for the U.S. House to succeed Tom Cotton, who had unseated Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

Tom Cotton United States Senator from Arkansas

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Background

Westerman was reared in and still resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He worked as an engineer and forester before running for the Arkansas House, to which he was elected in 2010. He was Majority Leader in the 2013-2014 legislative session.

Hot Springs, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Hot Springs is a city in the state of Arkansas and the county seat of Garland County. The city is located in the Ouachita Mountains among the U.S. Interior Highlands, and is set among several natural hot springs for which the city is named. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 35,193. In 2017 the estimated population was 36,915.

Westerman graduated as valedictorian of Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1990 and subsequently received a master's degree in forestry from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. [1]

Valedictorian is an academic title of success used in the United States, Canada, Central America, Singapore, and the Philippines for the student who delivers the closing or farewell statement at a graduation ceremony. The chosen valedictorian is often the student with the highest ranking among their graduating class. The term is an Anglicised derivation of the Latin vale dicere, historically rooted in the valedictorian's traditional role as the final speaker at the graduation ceremony before the students receive their diplomas. The valedictory address generally is considered a final farewell to classmates, before they disperse to pursue their individual paths after graduating.

Fountain Lake High School is a high school in the city of Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is the only high school in the Fountain Lake School District, which also includes a middle school and elementary school on the same site. It was founded in 1933 with only four students in its graduating class. Since 1975, the mascot has been the cobra.

University of Arkansas Public research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, research university in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

Westerman was formerly employed as an engineer and forester by the Mid-South Engineering Company. He served as president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He is also a former chair of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers. He formerly served on the school board of the Fountain Lake School District.

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Fountain Lake School District 18 is a school district in Garland County, Arkansas.

Arkansas House of Representatives

Elections

He ran for the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010 without opposition to succeed fellow Republican Bill Sample, who was instead elected to the Arkansas State Senate. [2] [3] [4]

William H. Sample is the operator of a pest-control business in Hot Springs in Garland County in west central Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate. Since January 2013, he has represented Senate District 14, which includes Garland and Saline counties.

With the 2012 election, Westerman was transferred to his current District 22, in which he also ran without opposition in both the Republican primary and the general election. The incumbent District 22 lawmaker, Republican Nate Bell of Polk County was switched to District 20.

Tenure

Westerman served as the House Minority Leader in 2012 and House Majority Leader in 2013. [5]

In 2013, Representative Westerman co-sponsored the amending of state income tax rates and supported the proposed spending cap on the state budget, but the latter measure failed by a two-vote margin in the House. He joined the majority to override the vetoes of Democratic Governor Mike Beebe to enact legislation to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation. He was a co-sponsor of both of those measures. Westerman also supported related pro-life legislation to outlaw abortion whenever fetal heartbeat is detected, to forbid the inclusion of abortion in the state insurance exchange, and to make the death of an unborn child a felony in certain cases. [6]

On Second Amendment issues, Westerman co-sponsored allowing officials of universities and religious institutions to engage in the concealed carry of firearms. He voted to reduce the application fee for obtaining a concealed carry permit, but the measure was defeated in the House. Westerman supported the measure which prohibits the governor from regulating firearms during an emergency. He voted for the failed measure to prohibit the closing of schools based on a two-year pupil enrollment analysis. He voted to establish a tiered system of lottery scholarships. He voted against legislation to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas nonpartisan, which nevertheless passed sixty-three to twenty-four. He supported the bill, signed by Governor Beebe, to permit the sale of up to five hundred gallons per month of unpasteurized whole milk directly from the farm to consumers. [6]

In 2011 Westerman voted for dress codes and the establishment of state standards for biblical instruction in public schools. He voted to prohibit cell phone usage in school zones. He voted to require that state driver's license tests be administered only in the English language. He co-sponsored the Capital Gains Reduction Act and the reduction of taxes on manufacturers' utilities. He voted against the 2011 congressional redistricting act. [6]

Committee assignments

U.S. House of Representatives

Westerman's first official Congress photo Bruce Westerman official congressional photo.jpg
Westerman's first official Congress photo

2014 election

Westerman won the Republican congressional primary on May 20, 2014, by defeating Tommy Moll 54%–46%. [7] In November, he defeated Democratic nominee James Lee Witt, a former associate of U.S. President Bill Clinton, 54%-43%. [8]

Tenure

On June 20, 2017 as the only certified forester in the House, Westerman introduced H.R.2936 - Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, [9] providing for the culling of overgrown federally managed woods. After passing the House, it was introduced in the Senate on November 2, 2017, where it stalled because of opposition from Democrats lobbied by anti-logging environmentalists. [10]

Westerman voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [11]

Committee assignments

In the 114th Congress, Westerman serves on the:

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Arkansas House of Representatives 30th District Election, 2010
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanBruce Westermann/a100.00
Arkansas House of Representatives 22nd District Election, 2012
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanBruce Westermann/a100.00
Arkansas 4th Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanBruce Westerman18,71954.45
RepublicanTommy Moll15,65945.55
Arkansas 4th Congressional District Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanBruce Westerman110,78953.75
DemocraticJames Lee Witt87,74242.57
LibertarianKen Hamilton7,5983.69
Write-insWrite-ins20.00

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References

  1. "Bruce Westerman's Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  2. Westerman plans to run for Sample's seat in House. Hot Springs Village Voice. September 30, 2009
  3. Westerman to resign from Fountain Lake school board. Hot Springs Village Voice. March 24, 2010
  4. "State Representative District 030 – Certified, 2010". sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
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  9. Westerman, Bruce (November 2, 2017). "H.R.2936 - 115th Congress (2017-2018): Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017". www.congress.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
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Arkansas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Bill Sample
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 30th district

2011–2013
Succeeded by
Charles Armstrong
Preceded by
Nate Bell
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 22nd district

2013–2015
Succeeded by
Mickey Gates
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tom Cotton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 4th congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Bonnie Watson Coleman
United States Representatives by seniority
283rd
Succeeded by
Lee Zeldin