Lynn Westmoreland

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Lynn A. Westmoreland
Lynn A. Westmoreland.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PredecessorJim Marshall (D)
Georgia House of Representatives, Republican Leader
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Cost per vote$4.54 in 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,882,819
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 8th District
Georgia House of Representatives
High schoolD.M. Therrell High School (1968)
BirthdayApril 2, 1950
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionConstruction Executive
Net worth$391,001.50
Office website
Campaign website
Lynn A. Westmoreland (b. April 2, 1950, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Westmoreland was elected by voters from Georgia's 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.[1]

He ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Georgia's 3rd District.[2][3] He won re-election on November 6, 2012.

He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the House Republican Leader from 2001 to 2003.[1]

Westmoreland is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[4]The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Westmoreland considered a run for the majority leader position to succeed Eric Cantor. He ultimately decided not to run for the post.[5]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Westmoreland is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning he can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current residence in Coweta County.[1] He attended Georgia State University, but he did not complete his degree.

Westmoreland owned a construction company, L.A.W. Builders, and worked as a real estate developer.[1]


Committee assignments

U.S. House


Westmoreland serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Key votes

113th Congress

The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Westmoreland's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Neutral/Abstain Westmoreland did not vote on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.[10]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[10]


Farm bill

Neutral/Abstain On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, also known as the Farm Bill.[12] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill reformed and continued various programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[13][14] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[14] Westmoreland did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[15][16] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[16] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[17] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Westmoreland voted with the majority of the Republican party in favor of the bill.[15]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[18] At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference.[19] Westmoreland voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[20]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funded the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies.[21] The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Westmoreland voted against HR 2775.[22]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]


Healthcare Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[10]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act of 2013. The bill passed through the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 232-185. The bill would prevent the IRS and Treasury Secretary from enforcing the powers provided to them in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The vote largely followed party lines.[10]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Westmoreland voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[10]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Westmoreland voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[23]


On The Issues Vote Match

Lynn Westmoreland's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members 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 quiz, Westmoreland is a Hard-Core Conservative. Westmoreland received a score of 16 percent on personal issues and 93 percent on economic issues.[24]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Strongly Favors
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Favors
Support & expand free trade Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Strongly Favors
Prioritize green energy Strongly Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Unknown Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[24]

National security

American response in Syria

See also: United States involvement in Syria

Westmoreland released a statement regarding the situation in Syria on September 2, 2013. In it he said: "As most of you know, Syria is in the middle of a violent civil war. According to the latest media reports, the Assad regime has used chemical weapons against its own people and now President Obama is considering some type of a military intervention in Syria.

However, Article II, Section 8 of the US Constitution clearly gives Congress, and not the president, the power to "provide for the common defense" and "to declare war." Therefore, any use of military force in or against Syria must be authorized by Congress. That is why I signed on to a letter with my colleagues in the House urging President Obama to "consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of US military force in Syria." We cannot allow this president to ignore the Constitution, once again, and get our country involved in what is clearly a religious-based civil war in an unstable region without authorization by Congress. It is our constitutional responsibility and I refuse to sit by and let President Obama trample all over our Constitution any more than he already has.

There is also a larger issue here as to whether or not the United States should so cavalierly be involving ourselves in every internal dispute in the Middle East. I agree that the reports out of Syria of the staggering death toll and the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime are troubling. But that does not mean that the United States should intervene. This is a complicated situation and there are conflicting reports about exactly what is happening. While it is certainly not easy to sit back and watch some of what is being reported on the news, we should not get involved without all of the information. We do not want a repeat of what happened with US military intervention in Libya back in March 2011. Then, President Obama bypassed Congress - like he is attempting to do now - and directed the military to conduct missile strikes to enforce a no-fly zone. Eighteen months later, the Libyan Ambassador and four other Americans were brutally murdered in Libya. And now, more than two years later, that country is still unstable and the situation is not getting any better.

Until we are able to get accurate information about exactly who the rebels are and what their long-term plans are if they win out, the United States needs to be very careful about getting involved in Syria. And the president should not unilaterally make a decision that could involve our country in an unwinnable war."[25]

Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Lynn Westmoreland endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [26]



See also: Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

Westmoreland is running for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[4] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland Incumbent 69.3% 36,321
Chip Flanagan 30.7% 16,080
Total Votes 52,401
Source: Results via Associated Press Vote totals above are unofficial and will be updated once official totals are made available.


See also: Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Westmoreland won re-election in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 3rd District. He defeated Kent Kingsley and Chip Flanegan in the primary on July 31, 2012. Westmoreland ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[27]

U.S. House, Georgia District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland Incumbent 100% 232,380
Total Votes 232,380
Source: Georgia Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
U.S. House, Georgia District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland Incumbent 71.6% 64,765
Chip Flanegan 14.5% 13,139
Kent Kingsley 13.8% 12,517
Total Votes 90,421

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Westmoreland is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Westmoreland raised a total of $5,882,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[32]

Lynn Westmoreland's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $1,067,726
2010 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $785,044
2008 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $762,003
2006 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $1,238,598
2004 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $2,029,448
Grand Total Raised $5,882,819


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Westmoreland's reports.[33]

Lynn A. Westmoreland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[34]April 15, 2013$424,755.10$140,283.60$(102,480.62)$462,557.98
July Quarterly[35]July 12, 2013$462,557.98$178,107.92$(176,834.96)$463,830.94
October Quarterly[36]October 13, 2013$463,830.94$151,010.00$(67,430.00)$547,410.94
Year-end[37]January 31, 2014$547,410$76,770$(120,855)$503,325
April Quarterly[38]April 15, 2014$503,325$63,720$(95,312)$471,733
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Westmoreland won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Westmoreland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,067,726 and spent $1,055,937.[39] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[40]

Cost per vote

Westmoreland spent $4.54 per vote received in 2012.


Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2010 election.

Westmoreland won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Westmorelands's campaign committee raised a total of $785,044 and spent $712,529.[41]

U.S. House, Georgia District 3, 2010 - Lynn Westmoreland Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $785,044
Total Spent $712,529
Total Raised by General Election Opponent $44,112
Total Spent by General Election Opponent $43,282
Top contributors to Lynn Westmoreland's campaign committee
AFLAC Inc$18,800
Southern Co$11,000
Georgia Crown Distributing$10,400
Home Depot$10,000
Honeywell International$10,000
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$55,583
Air Transport$37,399
Health Professionals$34,949

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have personally benefited from their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics pioneered by the Government Accountability Institute:

PGI: Net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Westmoreland's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-947,994 and $1,529,997. That averages to $291,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican representatives in 2012 of $6,956,438.47. Westmoreland ranked as the 201st most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2004 and 2012, Westmoreland's calculated net worth[43] decreased by an average of 12 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Lynn Westmoreland Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-97%
Average annual growth:-12%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Westmoreland is a "lonley far-right Republican follower," as of June 13, 2013.[47]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[48]

Westmoreland most often votes with:

Westmoreland least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Westmoreland missed 351 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[49]

Congressional staff salaries

See also: Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives

The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Westmoreland paid his congressional staff a total of $924,315 in 2011. He ranks 135th on the list of the lowest paid Republican representative staff salaries and ranks 169th overall of the lowest paid representative staff salaries in 2011. Overall, Georgia ranks 24th in average salary for representative staff. The average U.S. House of Representatives congressional staff was paid $954,912.20 in fiscal year 2011.[50]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.


Westmoreland ranked 25th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[51]


Westmoreland ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[52]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Lynn A. Westmoreland has voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 69th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[53]


Westmoreland and his wife Joan have been married for 41 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.[54]

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See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland, 3rd District of Georgia, "Biography," accessed October 25, 2011
  2. Times Herald, "Kingsley announces run for Third District Congressional seat," accessed February 16, 2012
  3. Associated Press, "Results" accessed July 31, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Politico, "Lynn Westmoreland, Pete Sessions weigh whip bid," accessed June 16, 2014
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  7. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Project Vote Smart, "Lynn Westmoreland Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. Politico, "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 NY Times, "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  17. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  18. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  20. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  21. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  22. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  23. U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013
  24. 24.0 24.1 On The Issues, "Lynn Westmoreland Vote Match," accessed June 25, 2014
  25. 11, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  26. Washington Post, "Gingrich gets Westmoreland endorsement," December 8, 2011
  27. Politico, "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  31. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  32. Open Secrets, "Lynn A. Westmoreland," accessed April 4, 2013
  33. Federal Election Commission, "Lynn A. Westmoreland 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013
  34. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  35. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  36. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  39. Open Secrets, "Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013
  40. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Lynn A. Westmoreland's 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011
  42. OpenSecrets, "Westmoreland, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below).
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. GovTrack, "Westmoreland," accessed June 13, 2013
  48. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lynn Westmoreland," accessed August 1, 2013
  49. GovTrack, "Lynn Westmoreland," accessed March 29, 2013
  50. LegiStorm, "Lynn Westmoreland," accessed 2012
  51. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013
  52. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012
  53. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed June 6, 2013
  54. Lynn Westmoreland--U.S. Congress, "Lynn's Bio," accessed October 25, 2011
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Jim Marshall
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U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 8
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