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Biography

Elected: 2004, 6th term.

Born: April 2, 1950, Atlanta, GA

Home: Grantville, GA

Education: Attended GA State U., 1969-71

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

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Baptist

Family: Married (Joan Eskew) , 3 children; 7 grandchildren

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.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(770) 683-2033

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DISTRICT OFFICE

(770) 683-2033

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

DISTRICT OFFICE

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

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

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Election Results

2014 GENERAL
Lynn Westmoreland
Unopposed
2012 GENERAL
Lynn Westmoreland
Unopposed
2012 PRIMARY
Lynn Westmoreland
Votes: 64,765
Percent: 71.63%
Chip Flanegan
Votes: 13,139
Percent: 14.53%
Kent Kingsley
Votes: 12,517
Percent: 13.84%
2010 GENERAL
Lynn Westmoreland
Votes: 168,304
Percent: 69.48%
Frank Saunders
Votes: 73,932
Percent: 30.52%
2010 PRIMARY
Lynn Westmoreland
Votes: 63,787
Percent: 100.0%
2008 GENERAL
Lynn Westmoreland
Votes: 225,055
Percent: 65.69%
Stephen Camp
Votes: 117,522
Percent: 34.3%
2008 PRIMARY
Lynn Westmoreland
Votes: 55,128
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (69%), 2008 (66%), 2006 (68%), 2004 (76%)

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