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Phone: 202-225-5901

Address: 2433 RHOB, DC 20515

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Phone: (770) 683-2033

Address: 1601-B East Highway 34, Newnan GA 30265-1325

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Lynn Westmoreland Biography
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  • Elected: 2004, 6th term.
  • District: Georgia 3
  • Born: Apr. 02, 1950, Atlanta
  • Home: Grantville
  • Education:

    Attended GA State U., 1969-71

  • Professional Career:

    Real estate developer; Owner, L.A.W. Builders, 1982-present.

  • Political Career:

    GA House of Reps., 1992-2004; Min. ldr. 2000-03.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Baptist

  • Family: Married (Joan); 3 children

Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican first elected in 2004, doesn’t introduce many bills and rarely gets involved in the minutiae of passing legislation. But he plays an important behind-the-scenes role for House Republicans, serving  as their point person for state redistricting efforts that helped the GOP retain majority control of the chamber in the 2012 elections. Read More

Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican first elected in 2004, doesn’t introduce many bills and rarely gets involved in the minutiae of passing legislation. But he plays an important behind-the-scenes role for House Republicans, serving  as their point person for state redistricting efforts that helped the GOP retain majority control of the chamber in the 2012 elections.

Westmoreland grew up in the Atlanta area, left Georgia State University after two years, and became a real estate broker and homebuilder in Fayette County. After losing two races for the state Senate, Westmoreland was elected in 1992 to the Georgia House, where he founded the Conservative Policy Caucus, a group of fiscally conservative, anti-tax lawmakers. He got under the skin of the Democratic establishment to say the least; longtime Democratic House Speaker Tom Murphy once called him “a braying jackass.” In 2000, he was elected House minority leaderand in that position refused to agree to tax increases, even when it meant defying newly elected Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue.

In 2004, Republican Rep. Mac Collins ran for the Senate, and Westmoreland faced a choice between staying in the Georgia legislature, where he stood to become speaker if Republicans won a majority in the state House, or running for a safe Republican open seat in the U.S. House. He chose the latter and ran on an anti-spending platform.

The primary race was a contest between Westmoreland and Dylan Glenn, a former staffer for Perdue and George H.W. Bush. Glenn, an African-American from Columbus, was endorsed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of Georgia, who argued that a Glenn victory would help the party appeal to black voters. Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss endorsed Westmoreland. In the primary, he finished ahead of Glenn, 46%-38%. During the three weeks between the primary and the August runoff, Glenn accused Westmoreland of taking gifts from lobbyists, and Westmoreland labeled Glenn a “Washington insider.” Westmoreland won 55%-45%. He has won reelection with only token opposition.

In the House, Westmoreland has a staunchly conservative voting record and was among the first members to join the Tea Party Caucus in 2010. He repeatedly stresses the need for free market solutions over government regulation. In early 2013, he became the Financial Services Committee’s “whip,” a vote-counting role that is generally not a formal part of individual committees.

House Republican leaders put Westmoreland in charge of monitoring the states’ efforts to redraw congressional districts following the 2010 census. The National Republican Congressional Committee said in a post-election memo that the party’s strength in redistricting ultimately made 17 “endangered” GOP-held seats safer. Earlier, Westmoreland served as one of five NRCC vice chairs, helping to recruit and raise money for candidates in the South and focusing on districts where Republican John McCain outpolled President Barack Obama in 2008.

In public, Westmoreland has shown a hard edge that has sometimes drawn controversy. He was one of five House Republicans in June 2012 who called for an investigation into whether State Department aide Huma Abedin tried to improperly influence U.S. policy in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood, an accusation that drew strong criticism from Arizona Sen. McCain and House Speaker John Boehner. In a September 2010 speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Westmoreland suggested that Republicans would force a future government shutdown if they didn’t get what they wanted in budget negotiations with the White House.

Westmoreland was outspoken in his opposition to the extension of the Voting Rights Act, citing the “great progress” Georgia made since enactment of the law in 1965. When the House debated the bill in 2006, he offered an amendment to make it easier for states to opt out of the law’s requirements but lost. He also opposed the bill giving the majority-black District of Columbia a full vote in the House, and in 2007, he was one of two House members who voted against a resolution setting up special divisions in the Justice Department to investigate murders during the civil rights era. His views have led to rocky relationships with leading African-American politicians. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he called Democratic candidate Obama “uppity,” and when he was criticized for the remark, said he was surprised to learn it was a racially loaded term.

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Lynn Westmoreland Election Results
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2012 General
Lynn Westmoreland (R)
Votes: 232,380
Percent: 100.0%
2012 Primary
Lynn Westmoreland (R)
Votes: 64,765
Percent: 71.63%
Chip Flanegan (R)
Votes: 13,139
Percent: 14.53%
Kent Kingsley (R)
Votes: 12,517
Percent: 13.84%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (69%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (68%), 2004 (76%)
Lynn Westmoreland Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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Economic 9 (L) : 90 (C) 20 (L) : 78 (C) - (L) : 90 (C)
Social 27 (L) : 71 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 83 (C)
Foreign 14 (L) : 85 (C) - (L) : 91 (C) - (L) : 91 (C)
Composite 17.3 (L) : 82.7 (C) 10.0 (L) : 90.0 (C) 6.0 (L) : 94.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9066
LCV96
CFG8587
ITIC-75
NTU8483
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU96100
ADA010
AFSCME0-
Key House Votes

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    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Regulate financial firms
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Pass tax cuts for some
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Stop detainee transfers
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2010
    • Legalize immigrants' kids
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Repeal don't ask, tell
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Limit campaign funds
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2010
    • Overturn Ledbetter
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass $820 billion stimulus
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Let guns in national parks
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass cap-and-trade
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bar federal abortion funds
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2009
    • Pass health care bill
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2009
    • Bail out financial markets
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2008
    • Repeal D.C. gun law
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Overhaul FISA
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2008
    • Increase minimum wage
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Expand SCHIP
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Raise CAFE standards
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Share immigration data
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Foreign aid abortion ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
    • Ban gay bias in workplace
    • Vote:
    • Year: 2007
    • Withdraw troops 8/08
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • No operations in Iran
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2007
    • Free trade with Peru
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2007
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