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Bruce Westerman

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Bruce Westerman
Bruce Westerman official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorTom Cotton (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,073,083
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives District 22
2011-2015
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas (1990)
OtherYale University (2001)
Personal
Date of birthNovember 18, 1967
Place of birthHot Springs, Arkansas
ProfessionEngineer/Forester, Mid-South Engineering Company
ReligionSouthern Baptists
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Bruce Westerman campaign logo
Bruce Westerman (b. November 18, 1967, in Hot Springs, Arkansas) is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing Arkansas's 4th Congressional District. He won election on November 4, 2014, by defeating James Lee Witt (D) and Ken Hamilton (L) in the general election.[1][2]

Westerman is a former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 22 from 2011 to 2015.

Biography

Westerman earned his BSBAGE in biological and agricultural engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990 and his MF in forestry from Yale University in 2001. His professional experience includes working as a plant engineer for Riceland Foods and an engineer/forester for Mid-South Engineering Company.

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Westerman's academic, professional and political career:[3]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Westerman serves on the following committees:[4]

Arkansas House

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Westerman served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Council
Joint Performance Review
Revenue and Taxation
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Westerman served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Westerman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]

  • Economy
Excerpt: "Economic growth is the better way to generate public funds for education, infrastructure, and services. In contrast, taking the easy way out by raising taxes or creating programs that redistribute the same pool of wealth can hinder additional investments into businesses that generate wealth."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Education is an important part of the equation, but I believe we are failing our students when we encourage them to commit to education and then a number of those who commit have to go out of state to find a good job. Part of developing a good economy involves producing an educated work force."
  • Other Issues
Excerpt: "During the official closing ceremonies for a meeting of the FFA organization, the president states, "As we mingle with others, let us be diligent in labor, just in our dealings, courteous to everyone, and, above all, honest and fair in the game of life." This is a great piece of advice that I try to apply as I approach life's issues from a social and moral position. It emanates from the golden rule of doing to others as we would have them do to us. Even though the issues will be different and sometimes unexpected, my desire is to frame them from this perspective."

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Westerman won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 4th District. Westerman defeated Tommy Moll in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[6] He then defeated James Lee Witt (D) and Ken Hamilton (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Westerman to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[7]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Westerman 53.7% 110,789
     Democratic James Lee Witt 42.6% 87,742
     Libertarian Ken Hamilton 3.7% 7,598
     N/A Write-in 0% 2
Total Votes 206,131
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Westerman 54.5% 18,719
Tommy Moll 45.5% 15,659
Total Votes 34,378
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Westerman ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 22. Westerman ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012, general election as well.[8][9][10]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Westerman won uncontested in the November 2 general election.[11]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Westerman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Westerman raised a total of $1,073,083 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 27, 2015.[12]

Bruce Westerman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (Arkansas, District 4) Won $1,028,691
2012 Arkansas State House, District 22 Won $35,446
2010 Arkansas State House, District 30 Won $8,946
Grand Total Raised $1,073,083

2014

Westerman won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Westerman's campaign committee raised a total of $1,030,441 and spent $938,239.[13] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[14]

Cost per vote

Westerman spent $8.47 per vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4, 2014 - Bruce Westerman Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,030,441
Total Spent $938,239
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,189,666
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,189,666
Top contributors to Bruce Westerman's campaign committee
Stephens Group$19,900
Central Arkansas Nursing Centers$13,000
Deltic Timber$11,950
Mid-South Engineering Co$11,150
Dillard's$10,400
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$102,600
Retired$60,050
Health Professionals$53,050
Oil & Gas$52,000
Securities & Investment$41,642

Below are Westerman's FEC reports.

2012

Westerman won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Westerman raised a total of $35,446.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bruce Westerman's campaign in 2012
Stephens Group$2,500
Commerce In Action$2,000
Wal-Mart$1,500
Exxonmobil$1,250
Dow Chemical$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$35,446
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Westerman won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Westerman raised a total of $8,946.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[21]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.

2011

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.

Personal

Westerman and his wife, Sharon, have four children.

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References

  1. Roll Call, "Second Republican Enters Race to Replace Cotton | #AR04," August 13, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Huffington Post, "Election 2014," November 4, 2014
  3. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "WESTERMAN, Bruce Eugene, (1967 - )," accessed January 21, 2015
  4. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  5. Bruce Westerman campaign website, "Issues," November 6, 2012
  6. The Arkansas CW, "Arkansas - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  7. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  8. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
  9. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  10. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  11. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  12. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bruce Westerman," accessed January 27, 2015
  13. Open Secrets, "Bruce Westerman 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  14. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman October Quarterly," accessed February 10, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  20. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Tom Cotton (R)
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
January 3, 2015-Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
Nate Bell (R)
Arkansas House District 22
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Mickey Gates (R)
Preceded by
Bill Sample (R)
Arkansas House District 30
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Charles Armstrong