Bruce Westerman

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Bruce Westerman
Bruce Westerman official congressional photo.jpg
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 4
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorTom Cotton (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Cost per vote$1.45 in 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$1,074,833
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives District 22
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas (1990)
OtherYale University (2001)
Date of birthNovember 18, 1967
Place of birthHot Springs, Arkansas
ProfessionEngineer/Forester, Mid-South Engineering Company
ReligionSouthern Baptists
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.


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.


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

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Westerman serves on the following committees:[4]

Arkansas House


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


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

Key votes

114th Congress


The first session of the 114th Congress has enacted into law 6 out of the 2,616 introduced bills (0.2 percent). Comparatively, the 113th Congress had 1.3 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[5] For more information pertaining to Westerman's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[6]

Economic and fiscal

2016 Budget proposal

Yea3.png On April 30, 2015, the House voted to approve SConRes11, a congressional budget proposal for fiscal year 2016, by a vote of 226-197. The non-binding resolution will be used to create 12 appropriations bills to fund the government before funding runs out on October 1. All 183 Democrats who voted, voted against the resolution. Westerman voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[7][8][9]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Yea3.png On May 14, 2015, the House approved HR 1191 - the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 by a vote of 400-25. The bill requires President Barack Obama to submit the details of a nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review, if negotiators reach a final agreement. Congress will have 30 days to review the deal and vote to approve or disapprove the deal. During the review period, sanctions on Iran cannot be lifted. Westerman voted with 222 other Republican representatives to approve the bill.[10][11]


On The Issues Vote Match

Bruce Westerman's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the analysis, Westerman is a Hard-Core Conservative.[12] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

On The Issues organization logo.

Campaign themes


Westerman's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[13]

  • 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."



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.[14] 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."[15]

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


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.[16][17][18]


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Westerman won uncontested in the November 2 general election.[19]

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 $1,074,833 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 27, 2015.[20]

Bruce Westerman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Arkansas, District 4) Won $1,030,441
2012 Arkansas State House, District 22 Won $35,446
2010 Arkansas State House, District 30 Won $8,946
Grand Total Raised $1,074,833


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.[21] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[22]

Cost per vote

Westerman spent $8.47 per general election 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
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Leadership PACs$102,600
Health Professionals$53,050
Oil & Gas$52,000
Securities & Investment$41,642

Below are Westerman's FEC reports.


Westerman won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Westerman raised a total of $35,446.


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


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arkansas scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[29]

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.


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.


Westerman and his wife, Sharon, have four children.

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See also

External links

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  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. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 113th Congress," accessed April 29, 2015
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the One Hundred Fourteenth Congress," April 13, 2015
  7., "S.Con.Res.11," accessed May 5, 2015
  8., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 183," accessed May 5, 2015
  9. The Hill, "Republicans pass a budget, flexing power of majority," accessed May 5, 2015
  10., "H.R.1191 - Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015," accessed May 16, 2015
  11., "Final Vote Results for Roll Call 226," accessed May 16, 2015
  12. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named ontheissues
  13. Bruce Westerman campaign website, "Issues," November 6, 2012
  14. The Arkansas CW, "Arkansas - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House Republicans Put 36 Recruits ‘On the Radar’," accessed November 21, 2013
  16. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
  17. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  18. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  19. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  20. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Bruce Westerman," accessed January 27, 2015
  21. Open Secrets, "Bruce Westerman 2014 Election Cycle," accessed February 24, 2015
  22. Open Secrets, "Winning vs. Spending," accessed February 23, 2015
  23. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman October Quarterly," accessed February 10, 2014
  24. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman July Quarterly," accessed July 24, 2014
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Bruce Westerman October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  29. 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
Preceded by
Nate Bell (R)
Arkansas House District 22
Succeeded by
Mickey Gates (R)
Preceded by
Bill Sample (R)
Arkansas House District 30
Succeeded by
Charles Armstrong