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Barry Loudermilk

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Barry Loudermilk
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 11
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
PredecessorPhil Gingrey (R)
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Georgia State Senate District 14
2011 - 2013
Georgia House of Representatives District 52
2005 - 2011
Education
Bachelor'sWayland Baptist University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1984 - 1992
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Barry Loudermilk is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Georgia's 11th Congressional District. He advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] He then defeated Bob Barr in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[2] Loudermilk won the general election uncontested on November 4, 2014.

He was a former Republican member of the Georgia State Senate and represented District 14 from 2011 to August 28, 2013. Loudermilk also served in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing the 14th District from 2005-2011. He was Chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party from 2000-2004.

Loudermilk is President and Co-owner of INSI Technologies. He served in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1992. He has been a businessman, Department Head of Mathematics and Information Technology at Charter College and a Regional Business Manager with Honeywell Federal Systems.

Biography

Loudermilk was born in Riverdale, Georgia. After graduating from high school, Loudermilk enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1992. He served as a Communications Operations Specialist in Texas, Hawaii and Alaska. According to Loudermilk's campaign website, he received awards for his roles in "the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm."[3] In June 2014, Loudermilk received accusations of a "consistent pattern of embellishment of his military service."[4]

After his military service ended in 1992, Loudermilk earned a B.S. from Wayland Baptist University.[5] He went on to become a small business owner in Georgia, founding a company called Innovative Network Systems, Inc., and becoming a co-owner of a flight training school called the Freedom Flight Center.[3] He served as chairman of the Bartow County Republican party from 2001-2004 and was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2005, serving District 14 until 2010. He was then elected as a senator to the Georgia State Senate and served from 2011 to 2013.[5]

During his time in the legislature, Loudermilk received various awards, including the Advocates for Children’s Public Servant of the Year award (2007), the Civil Air Patrol's National Legislator of the Year award (2006), the Blue Ridge Women's Center's Sanctity of Life Award (2010), the Technology Association of Georgia's Legislator of the Year award (2011) and the American Conservative Union's Defender of Liberty Award (2012)."[3]

Career

Below is an abbreviated outline of Loudermilk's academic, professional and political career:[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Loudermilk serves on the following committees:[6]

Georgia Legislature

2013-2014

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

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Science and Technology, Chair
Public Safety
Transportation
Veterans, Military and Homeland Security

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Loudermilk served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Loudermilk served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Loudermilk's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[7]

  • Work to Defund and Fully Repeal Obama Care
Excerpt: "The Affordable Health Care Act is not affordable, nor does it improve our health care. This poorly written, but strategically planned, government takeover of the private healthcare industry is an albatross on the neck of our economy. It has not yet taken full effect, but both large and small businesses are already feeling the financial weight this law is putting on their business. If it isn’t stopped, this program could be the final straw that breaks the back of our already fragile national economy."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Immigration must be controlled and sustainable. It should benefit America while protecting American workers and wages. Barry believes that the heart of our immigration problem is that we do not control our own borders and we do not enforce the laws that are already on the books."
  • Fight to abolish the IRS and Implement a Fair or Flat Tax
Excerpt: "The recent IRS scandal testifies to how out of control the federal government has become. This abuse of power is perpetuated by a convoluted tax code that redistributes wealth, punishes individual achievement and represses economic growth. True tax reform can only be achieved by abolishing both the IRS and the current tax code and replacing both with a simpler and equitable tax system such as the Flat Tax, Fair Tax or Simple Tax."
  • Fight to Balance the Budget and Reduce our National Debt
Excerpt: "For decades Congress has continued to expand government programs, agencies and bureaucracies, without any consideration of the costs. As Jefferson warned, allowing limitless borrowing will result in an overexpansion of government. Imposing a balanced budget requirement on Congress, will not only bring economic and fiscal stability, but will naturally constrain the growth of government."
  • Protect Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Excerpt: "Our Founding Fathers believed that the right to keep and bear arms was a natural right given to all men by God. The Second Amendment upholds this truth by restricting the federal government from passing any legislation that in any way infringes upon that natural right."
  • Work to Restore a Reverence for the Constitution
Excerpt: "Our nation was designed to operate under a federal government with limited powers which are clearly defined in our Constitution. We must return to a strict adherence to the original intent of the Constitution, not squeeze out of each clause whatever meaning best benefits the powerbrokers in Washington."

Presidential preference

2012

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

Barry Loudermilk endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [8]

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia's 11th Congressional District elections, 2014

Loudermilk ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 11th Congressional District of Georgia.[9][10] He advanced past the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1] He then defeated Bob Barr in the Republican runoff primary on July 22, 2014.[2] He ran uncontested in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 11 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk 100% 161,532
Total Votes 161,532
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 11 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk 36.6% 20,862
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Barr 25.8% 14,704
Tricia Pridemore 17.1% 9,745
Edward Lindsey 14.8% 8,448
Larry Mrozinski 4% 2,288
Allan Levene 1.7% 962
Total Votes 57,009
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 11 Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk 66.1% 34,641
Bob Barr 33.9% 17,794
Total Votes 52,435
Source: Results via Associated Press

Endorsements

See also: FreedomWorks PAC

FreedomWorks PAC announced its endorsement of Loudermilk on November 6, 2013.[11]

In the endorsement FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said, “Barry Loudermilk is a rare commodity in politics today. As a legislator he has proven time and time again a willingness to stand on principle over party and fight for conservative values even when it meant taking on Republican leadership and a Republican governor. As a small business owner he has survived the onslaught of federal overreach and understands firsthand what needs to be done to get our economy rolling...Some candidates run for Congress because of the lure of the title, while others run for a chance to earn redemption in the spotlight. This race has those candidates in spades. This race also has Barry Loudermilk, who cares more about fixing our fiscal problems and returning our nation to sound constitutional principles than the pomp and fame a congressional office holds. The choice is clear. Barry Loudermilk will be a clear voice for common sense fiscal policies and a return to limited government in Congress.”[11]

On July 14, 2014, Loudermilk was endorsed by Liberty Conservatives.[12]

Polls

Republican primary
Poll Barry Loudermilk Bob BarrTricia PridemoreEd LindseyLarry MrozinskiAllan LeveneUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Magellan Strategies
July 7-8, 2014
49%28%0%0%0%0%23%+/-3.65719
Landmark Communications
May 19, 2014
28%25%12%16%1.4%1.7%16%+/-4.9400
Landmark/RosettaStone
April 17, 2014
25%23%11%8%0%0%26%+/-4.5500
RightPath
March 20-24, 2014
12.3%12.2%3.7%2.7%0.3%0.3%65.5%+/-4.08600
McLaughlin & Associates
March 10-11, 2014
13%25%4%15%0%0%41%+/-5.7300
AVERAGES 25.46% 22.64% 6.14% 8.34% 0.34% 0.4% 34.3% +/-4.57 503.8
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2012

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2012

Loudermilk ran in the 2012 election for Georgia State Senate District 14. Loudermilk ran unopposed in the Republican primary on July 31, 2012. No Democratic candidate filed to run for this seat. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14] Loudermilk won re-election in the general election.[15]

Georgia State Senate, District 14, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Loudermilk Incumbent 100% 54,871
Total Votes 54,871

2010

See also: Georgia State Senate elections, 2010

Loudermilk won election to the 52nd District seat of the Georgia State Senate in 2010. He defeated Mike Burton (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[16]

Georgia State Senate, District 52
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Barry Loudermilk (R) 27,782 75.1%
Mike Burton (D) 9,231 24.9%

Loudermilk defeated Jeff Knight in the July 20 primary.[17]

Georgia State Senate, District 52 - Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Barry Loudermilk 8,869 72.4%
Jeff Knight 3,386 27.6%

2008

In 2008 Loudermilk was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 14. Loudermilk (R) finished with 15,511 votes while his opponent Richard Darezzo (D) finished with 5,262 votes.[18] Loudermilk raised $80,040 for his campaign fund.[19]

Georgia House of Representatives District 14
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barry Loudermilk (R) 15,511
Richard Darezzo (D) 5,262
State legislative candidates endorsed by Tea Party organizations

Endorsements

Loudermilk was endorsed by:

  • The Newsvine Tea Party[20]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Loudermilk is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Loudermilk raised a total of $311,240 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 22, 2013.[21]

Barry Loudermilk's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State Senate, District 14 Won $47,159
2010 Georgia State Senate, District 52 Won $66,521
2008 Georgia State House, District 14 Won $80,040
2006 Georgia State House, District 14 Won $38,588
2004 Georgia State House, District 14 Won $78,932
Grand Total Raised $311,240

2014

Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Loudermilk's reports.[22]


2012

Loudermilk won re-election to the Georgia State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Loudermilk raised a total of $47,159.
Georgia State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Barry Loudermilk's campaign in 2012
Georgia Optometric Association$2,500
Wal-Mart$2,500
At&T$2,000
Anheuser-Busch$2,000
Temple-Inland$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$47,159
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Loudermilk won election to the Georgia State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Loudermilk raised a total of $66,521.

2008

Loudermilk won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Loudermilk raised a total of $80,040.

2006

Loudermilk won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Loudermilk raised a total of $38,588.

2004

Loudermilk won election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Loudermilk raised a total of $78,932.

Personal

Loudermilk and his wife Desiree have three children.[3]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Associated Press, "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Runoff Primary Results," accessed July 22, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Loudermilk for Congress, "Meet Barry," accessed February 3, 2015
  4. ACJ.com, "In face of challenge, Barry Loudermilk releases his military resume," June 24, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Barry Loudermilk," accessed January 26, 2015
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk, "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015
  7. 'Barry Loudermilk, "Issues," accessed February 3, 2015
  8. Newt Gingrich 2012, "Slate of Georgia Officials Back Newt Gingrich for President," December 13, 2011
  9. Macon.com, "Ga. state Senator resigns for congressional bid," accessed August 28, 2013
  10. Atlanta Journal Constitution, "Your daily jolt: Barry Loudermilk makes it a trio in GOP's 11th District race" accessed April 25, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Peach Pundit, "FreedomWorks PAC Endorses Loudermilk," accessed November 12, 2013
  12. Liberty Conservatives, "Liberty Conservatives Interview and Endorsement of Barry Loudermilk," July 14, 2014
  13. Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed May 29, 2012
  14. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 31, 2014
  15. Georgia Elections Division, "2012 Election Results" accessed November 16, 2012
  16. Georgia Secretary of State, "2010 Election results," accessed December 31, 2014
  17. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed March 24, 2014
  18. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  19. Follow the Money, "Loudermilk, Barry"
  20. Newsvine.com, "The Newsvine Tea Party"
  21. followthemoney.org, "Loudermilk, Barry," accessed August 22, 2013
  22. Federal Election Commission, "Barry Loudermilk 2014 Summary reports," accessed November 4, 2013
  23. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed July 29, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "Year End," accessed May 3, 2014
  26. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed May 3, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Phil Gingrey (R)
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia's 11th Congressional District
2015–Present
Succeeded by
NA
Preceded by
George Hooks (D)
Georgia Senate District 14
2013–August 2013
Succeeded by
Bruce Thompson (R)
Preceded by
Preston Smith
Georgia Senate District 52
2011–2013
Succeeded by
Chuck Hufstetler (R)
Preceded by
-
Georgia House of Representatives District 14
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Christian Coomer