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|Position = U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
 
|Position = U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
 
|Status = Incumbent
 
|Status = Incumbent
|Tenure = January 3, 2007-Present
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|Tenure = January 3, 2005-Present
|Term ends = January 3, 2015
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|Term ends = January 3, 2017
 
|Assumed office = 2007
 
|Assumed office = 2007
 
|Political party = Republican
 
|Political party = Republican
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|Pension =
 
|Pension =
 
|Last election =November 6, 2012
 
|Last election =November 6, 2012
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|Cost per vote 2012 = $4.54
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|Cost per vote 2014 = $6.64
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed =
 
|Appointed by =
 
|Appointed by =
|First elected =2006
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|First elected =2004
 
|Term limits =
 
|Term limits =
|Next election = [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Next primary =
|Campaign $=5882819
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|Next election = November 8, 2016
|Prior office = [[U.S. House of Representatives]], Georgia's 8th district
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|Last election = [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]]
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|Campaign $=6,908,937
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|Prior office = [[U.S. House of Representatives]], Georgia's 8th District
 
|Prior office years =2005-2007
 
|Prior office years =2005-2007
 
|Prior office 2 = [[Georgia House of Representatives]]
 
|Prior office 2 = [[Georgia House of Representatives]]
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|Birthday = April 2, 1950
 
|Birthday = April 2, 1950
 
|Place of birth = Atlanta, Georgia
 
|Place of birth = Atlanta, Georgia
|Net worth = $248,501
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|Net worth = (2012) $391,001.50
 
|Profession = Construction Executive
 
|Profession = Construction Executive
 
|Religion = Baptist
 
|Religion = Baptist
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{{tnr}}'''Lynn A. Westmoreland''' (b. April 2, 1950) 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 2006.<ref name="biography"/>
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{{tnr}}'''Lynn A. Westmoreland''' (b. April 2, 1950, in Atlanta, [[Georgia|GA]]) 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.<ref name="biography"/>
  
Westmoreland ran in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012|Georgia's]] [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012|3rd District]].<ref>[http://www.times-herald.com/Local/Kingsley-announces-run-for-Third-District--2070755 ''Times Herald'' "Kingsley announces run for Third District Congressional seat" Accessed February 16, 2012]</ref><ref name="results">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2012/by_state/GA_US_House_0731.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'' "Results" Accessed July 31, 2012]</ref> He won re-election on November 6, 2012.
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He previously served in the [[Georgia House of Representatives]] from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the [[Georgia House of Representatives|House]] [[Republican]] Leader from 2001 to 2003.<ref name="biography"/>
  
Westmoreland previously served in the [[Georgia House of Representatives]] from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the [[Georgia House of Representatives|House]] [[Republican]] Leader from 2001 to 2003.<ref name="biography"/>
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Westmoreland {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He won the general election uncontested.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/house/ ''Politico'', "House Elections Results," accessed November 11, 2014]</ref> He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.<ref name="prim">[http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2014/by_state/GA_US_House_0520.html?SITE=CSPANELN&SECTION=POLITICS ''Associated Press'', "Georgia Election Results," accessed May 20, 2014]</ref>
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Westmoreland considered running for the majority leader position to succeed [[Eric Cantor]]. He ultimately decided not to run for the post.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/lynn-westmoreland-pete-sessions-house-whip-bid-107856.html ''Politico'', "Lynn Westmoreland, Pete Sessions weigh whip bid," accessed June 16, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Biography==
 
Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current residence in Coweta County.<ref name="biography"> [http://westmoreland.house.gov/Biography/ ''Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland, 3rd District of Georgia'' "Biography" Accessed October 25, 2011] </ref> Westmoreland owned a construction company, L.A.W. Builders, and worked as a real estate developer.<ref name="biography"/> Westmoreland attended Georgia State University, but did not complete his degree.
 
  
 
==Career==
 
==Career==
*1993-2003: [[Georgia House of Representatives]]<ref name="Bio"/>
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Below is an abbreviated outline of Westmoreland's academic, professional and political career:<ref>[http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000796 ''Biographical Directory of the United States Congress'', "WESTMORELAND, Lynn A., (1950 - )," accessed February 9, 2015]</ref>
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*2007-Present: U.S. Representative from [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District]]
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*2005-2007: U.S. Representative, [[Georgia's 8th Congressional District]]
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*1993-2003: [[Georgia House of Representatives]]
 
**2001-2003: House Republican Leader
 
**2001-2003: House Republican Leader
*2005-2007: [[United States House of Representatives]], Georgia's 8th Congressional District<ref name="biography"/>
 
*2007-Present: [[United States House of Representatives]], Georgia's 3rd Congressional District<ref name="biography"/>
 
  
 
==Committee assignments==
 
==Committee assignments==
 
===U.S. House===
 
===U.S. House===
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====2015-2016====
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Westmoreland serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Clerk'', "Committee Information," accessed February 18, 2015]</ref>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Financial Services Committee]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services#Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit|Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit]]
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**[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services#Housing and Insurance|Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance]], ''Vice Chairman''
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)|Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence]]
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:*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)#CIA|Subcommittee on the CIA]]
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:*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)#NSA and Cybersecurity|Subcommittee on NSA and Cybersecurity]] ''Chairman''
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*Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi
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====2013-2014====
 
====2013-2014====
Westmoreland serves on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com,'' "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"]</ref>
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Westmoreland served on the following committees:<ref>[http://media.cq.com/pub/committees/ ''CQ.com'', "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013]</ref><ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/committee_info/oal.aspx ''U.S. House of Representatives'', "Committee Assignments," accessed March 29, 2014]</ref>
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Committee on Financial Services]]
 
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Committee on Financial Services]]
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
**Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
 
**Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance
 
**Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
 
**Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprises
*[[United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence]]
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*[[United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence|Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence]]
**Subcommittee on Oversight - ''Chair''
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**Subcommittee on Oversight - ''Chairman''
  
 
====2011-2012====
 
====2011-2012====
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Committee on Financial Services]] <ref name="biography"/>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services|Committee on Financial Services]]<ref name="biography"/>
 
** Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
** Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit
 
** Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
 
** Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity
*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)]] <ref name="biography"/>
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*[[United States House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select)]]<ref name="biography"/>
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==Key votes==
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===114th Congress===
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====Economic and fiscal====
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=====2016 Budget proposal=====
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{{House Budget Res GOP Yes|Name=Westmoreland}}
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====Foreign Affairs====
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=====Iran nuclear deal=====
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{{House Iran bill GOP No|Name=Westmoreland}}
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===113th Congress===
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===National security===
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====DHS Appropriations====
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{{Yea vote}} Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.<ref name="votes">[http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/8001/lynn-westmoreland#.Ukmac3_B_A4 ''Project Vote Smart'', "Lynn Westmoreland Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013]</ref>
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====Keystone Pipeline Amendment====
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{{Neutral vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====CISPA (2013)====
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{{Yea vote}} 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.<ref>[http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:h.r.624: ''The Library of Congress'', "Bill Summary & Status - 113th Congress (2013 - 2014) - H.R.624," accessed August 27, 2013]</ref> The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.<ref name="votes"/>
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====NDAA====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Economy===
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====Farm bill====
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{{Neutral vote}} On January 29, 2014, the [[United States House of Representatives|U.S. House]] approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, [http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d113:HR2642: H.R. 2642], also known as the Farm Bill.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.aspx?day=20140129&today=20140212 ''Clerk of U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/house-farm-bill-102806.html ''Politico'', "House clears farm bill," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref><ref name="farm">[http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/us/politics/senate-passes-long-stalled-farm-bill.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0 ''NY Times'', "Senate Passes Long-Stalled Farm Bill, With Clear Winners and Losers," accessed February 12, 2014]</ref> However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.<ref name="farm"/> Westmoreland did not vote on the bill.
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====2014 Budget====
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{{House Budget 2014 GOP Yes|Name=Westmoreland}}
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====Government shutdown====
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:: ''See also: [[United States budget debate, 2013]]''
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://www.buzzfeed.com/katenocera/government-shutdown-how-we-got-here?bffb ''Buzzfeed'', "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013]</ref> Westmoreland voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll504.xml ''Clerk of the U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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{{Nay vote}} The shutdown ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the [[United States Senate|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 [[United States Senate|Senate Democrats]] was to require income verification for [[Obamacare]] subsidies.<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/house-effort-to-end-fiscal-crisis-collapses-leaving-senate-to-forge-last-minute-solution/2013/10/16/1e8bb150-364d-11e3-be86-6aeaa439845b_story_1.html ''The Washington Post'', "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013]</ref> 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2013/roll550.xml ''U.S. House'', "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013]</ref>
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===Immigration===
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====Morton Memos Prohibition====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Healthcare===
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====Healthcare Reform Rules====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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====Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act====
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{{Yea vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Social issues===
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====Amash amendment====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref name="votes"/>
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===Government affairs===
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====HR 676====
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{{Obama lawsuit GOP Yes|Name=Westmoreland}}
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===Previous congressional sessions===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Nay vote}} 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.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'', "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff," accessed January 4, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Issues==
 
==Issues==
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===On The Issues Vote Match===
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[[File:s010_100.gif|right|290px|thumb|Lynn Westmoreland's Vote Match results from ''On The Issues''.]]
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:: ''See also: [[On The Issues Vote Match]]''
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'On The Issues'' conducts a [http://www.ontheissues.org/ 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, Westmoreland is a '''Hard-Core Conservative'''.<ref name="ontheissues"/>
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{{Ontheissues vote quiz|Name=Westmoreland|Philosophy=Hard-Core Conservative|Image=s010_100.gif|Date=May 20, 2015|Link=http://house.ontheissues.org/GA/Lynn_Westmoreland.htm|Ref=<ref name="ontheissues">[http://house.ontheissues.org/GA/Lynn_Westmoreland.htm ''On The Issues'', "Lynn Westmoreland Vote Match," accessed May 20, 2015]</ref>
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|Abortion= Strongly Opposes
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|Hiring= Strongly Opposes
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|Marriage= Strongly Opposes
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|God= Strongly Favors
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|ObamaCare= Strongly Opposes
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|Social Security= Strongly Favors
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|School Choice= Strongly Favors
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|Environment= Strongly Favors
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|Crime= Favors
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|Guns= Strongly Favors
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|Taxes= Strongly Opposes
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|Citizenship= Strongly Opposes
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|Free Trade= Favors
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|United Nations= Strongly Favors
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|Military= Strongly Favors
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|Vote= Favors
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|Iran= Strongly Opposes
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|Energy= Strongly Opposes
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|Marijuana= Strongly Favors
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|Stimulus= Strongly Opposes
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===National security===
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====American response in Syria====
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: ''See also: [[United States involvement in Syria]]''
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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 [[Barack Obama|Obama]] is considering some type of a military intervention in Syria.
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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.
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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.
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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."<ref>[http://www.11alive.com/news/article/305057/40/No-Ga-House-members-so-far-approve-of-military-strike-on-Syria ''11 Alive.com'', "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013]</ref>
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===Presidential preference===
 
===Presidential preference===
{{presendorse|2012|Newt Gingrich}}<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/gingrich-gets-westmoreland-endorsement/2011/12/08/gIQAPjf9eO_blog.html ''Washington Post,'' "Gingrich gets Westmoreland endorsement," December 8, 2011]</ref>
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{{presendorse|2012|Newt Gingrich}}<ref>[http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/election-2012/post/gingrich-gets-westmoreland-endorsement/2011/12/08/gIQAPjf9eO_blog.html ''Washington Post'', "Gingrich gets Westmoreland endorsement," December 8, 2011]</ref>
===Specific votes===
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====Fiscal Cliff====
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{{Oppose vote}}
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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 one of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.<ref>[http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2012/roll659.xml ''U.S. House'' "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.]</ref>
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==Elections==
 
==Elections==
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===2014===
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014]]''
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Westmoreland {{2014isrunning}} for [[U.S. Congress elections, 2014|re-election]] to the [[U.S. House elections, 2014|U.S. House]] in 2014. He He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.<ref name="prim"/> He ran uncontested in the general election.
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===2012===
 
===2012===
:: ''See also: [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012]]''
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:: ''See also: [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012]]''
  
Westmoreland won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012|Georgia's]] [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012|3rd District]]. He defeated [[Kent Kingsley]] and [[Chip Flanegan]] in the primary on July 31, 2012. Westmoreland ran unopposed in the November 6, 2012 general election.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'' "2012 Election Map"]</ref>
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Westmoreland won re-election in the [[U.S. Congress elections, 2012|2012 election]] for the [[U.S. House elections, 2012|U.S. House]], representing [[United States House of Representatives elections in Georgia, 2012|Georgia's]] [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012|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.<ref>[http://www.politico.com/2012-election/map/#/House/2012/ ''Politico'', "2012 Election Map," accessed November 6, 2012]</ref>
 
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==Campaign donors==
 
==Campaign donors==
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===Fundraising events===
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The below chart from [http://members-of-congress.findthebest.com/l/309/Lynn-A-Westmoreland Find The Best] tracks the fundraising events Westmoreland attends.
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===Comprehensive donor history===
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
{{Comprehensive donor history
 
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|link=<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=Career&cid=N00026163&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Lynn A. Westmoreland," accessed April 4, 2013]</ref>
 
|party=Republican
 
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|totalraised2012=1067726
 
|totalraised2012=1067726
 
|result2012=Won
 
|result2012=Won
|office2012=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district|District 3]])
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|totalraised2010=785044
 
|totalraised2010=785044
 
|result2010=Won
 
|result2010=Won
|office2010=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district|District 3]])
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|totalraised2008=762003
 
|totalraised2008=762003
 
|result2008=Won
 
|result2008=Won
|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district|District 3]])
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|office2008=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd Congressional District|District 3]])
 
|totalraised2006=1238598
 
|totalraised2006=1238598
 
|result2006=Won
 
|result2006=Won
|office2006=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district|District 3]])
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|totalraised2004=2029448
 
|totalraised2004=2029448
 
|result2004=Won
 
|result2004=Won
|office2004=[[U.S. House]] (Georgia, [[Georgia's 3rd congressional district|District 3]])
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===2014===
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Westmoreland won re-election to the [[U.S. House]] in 2014. During that election cycle, Westmoreland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,026,118 and spent $1,037,842.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cid=N00026163&cycle=2014 ''Open Secrets'', "Lynn Westmoreland 2014 Election Cycle," accessed April 1, 2015]</ref> This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/overview/bigspenders.php?cycle=2014&display=A&Memb=H&sort=O ''Open Secrets'', "Winning vs. Spending," accessed April 1, 2015]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Westmoreland spent $6.64 per general election vote received in 2014.
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{{Congress donor box 2014
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|winner = Y
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|Chamber = U.S. House, Georgia District 3
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|party = Republican
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|total raised = $1,026,118
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|total spent = $1,037,842
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|opponent raised = $0
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|opponent spent = $0
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|org1 = Synovus Financial Corp
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|org2 = Wells Real Estate Funds
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|org3 = AFLAC Inc
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|org4 = SunTrust Banks
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|org5 = United Technologies
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|orgdonor1 = $15,000
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|orgdonor2 = $14,090
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|orgdonor3 = $12,000
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|orgdonor4 = $10,500
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|orgdonor5 = $10,500
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|ind1 = Real Estate
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|ind2 = Commercial Banks
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|ind3 = Accountants
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|ind4 = Insurance
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|ind5 = Food & Beverage
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|inddonor1 = $88,990
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|inddonor2 = $73,050
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|inddonor3 = $45,750
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|inddonor4 = $43,000
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|inddonor5 = $39,500
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|}}
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Lynn Westmoreland Donors 2014.JPG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2014 election.]]}}
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Below are Westmoreland's FEC reports.<ref>[http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/fecimg/?C00387126 ''Federal Election Commission'', "Lynn A. Westmoreland 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 23, 2013]</ref>
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{{Lynn Westmoreland 2014 FEC}}
  
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
[[File:Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00026163&type=I ''Open Secrets'', "Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 20, 2013]</ref> This was less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/06/2012-overview.html ''Open Secrets'', "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," accessed June 19, 2013]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/elections.php?cycle=2012&cid=N00026163&type=I ''Open Secrets'' "Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013]</ref>
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====Cost per vote====
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Westmoreland spent $4.54 per vote received in 2012.
  
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
{{Congress donor box 2012
 
|winner = Y
 
|winner = Y
|Chamber =  U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 3rd Congressional District
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|party = Republican
 
|party = Republican
 
|total raised =  $1,067,726
 
|total raised =  $1,067,726
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|inddonor5 = $32,250
 
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Donor Breakdown.PNG|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2012 election.]]}}
  
 
===2010===
 
===2010===
[[File:Lynn A Westmoreland 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|right|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]
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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?type=I&cid=N00000245&newMem=N&cycle=2008 ''Open Secrets'', "Lynn A. Westmoreland's 2010 Election Cycle," accessed October 26, 2011]</ref>
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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?type=I&cid=N00000245&newMem=N&cycle=2008 ''Open Secrets'' "Lynn A. Westmoreland's 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011]</ref>
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|Chamber = U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 3rd Congressional District
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|party = Republican  
 
|party = Republican  
 
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|inddonor4 = $35,200
 
|inddonor5 = $34,949
 
|inddonor5 = $34,949
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{{Collapsible donor graphic|Content=[[File:Lynn A Westmoreland 2010 Donor Breakdown.jpg|left|375px|thumb|Breakdown of the source of Westmoreland's campaign funds before the 2010 election.]]}}
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==Personal Gain Index==
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[[File:Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png|right|200px|link=Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]
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::''See also: [[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''<br>
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The '''[[Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)]]''' is a two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the [[United States Congress|U.S. Congress]] have prospered during their tenure as public servants. <br>
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It consists of two different metrics:
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*[[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)|Changes in Net Worth]]
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*[[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)|The Donation Concentration Metric]]
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===PGI: Change in net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index)]] and [[Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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[[File:Net Worth Metric graphic.png|left|170px]]
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Based on [[Household net worth (Member of Congress)|congressional financial disclosure forms]] and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Westmoreland's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-947,994 and $1,529,997. That averages to '''$291,001.50''', which was 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026163&year=2012 ''OpenSecrets'', "Westmoreland, (R-GA), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014]</ref> Between 2004 and 2012, Westmoreland's calculated net worth<ref>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).</ref> 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.<ref>This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.</ref>
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===PGI: Donation Concentration Metric===
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:: ''See also: [[The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)]]''
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Filings required by the [[Federal Election Commission]] report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by ''OpenSecrets.org'', Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Westmoreland received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the ''Real Estate'' industry.
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From 2003-2014, '''22.53 percent of Westmoreland's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.'''<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/summary.php?cycle=Career&type=I&cid=N00026163&newMem=N ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland," accessed September 23, 2014]</ref>
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|total raised = 6632685
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|total spent = 6139052
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|ind1 = Real Estate
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|ind2 = Health Professionals
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|ind3 = Retired
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|ind4 = General Contractors
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|ind5 = Commercial Banks
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|inddonor1 = 490023
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|inddonor2 = 285130
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|inddonor3 = 266923
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|inddonor4 = 232575
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:: ''See also: [[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking]]''
  
Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Westmoreland is a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|lonley far-right Republican follower]]," as of June 13, 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lynn_westmoreland/400627 ''Gov Track'' "Westmoreland" Accessed June 13, 2013]</ref>
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Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by ''GovTrack'', Westmoreland was a "[[GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking|lonely far-right Republican follower]]," as of July 29, 2014. This was the same rating Westmoreland received in June 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lynn_westmoreland/400627 ''GovTrack'', "Lynn Westmoreland," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
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===Like-minded colleagues===
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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.<ref>[http://www.opencongress.org/people/show/400627_Lynn_Westmoreland ''OpenCongress'', "Rep. Lynn Westmoreland," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Matheson]]
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Westmoreland least often votes with:
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*{{reddot}} [[Chris Gibson]]
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*{{bluedot}} [[Jan Schakowsky]]
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===Lifetime voting record===
 
===Lifetime voting record===
 
::''See also: [[Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 Jan 2005 to Mar 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lynn_westmoreland/400627 ''GovTrack,'' "Lynn Westmoreland," Accessed March 29, 2013]</ref>
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According to the website ''GovTrack,'' Westmoreland missed 419 of 7,448 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 5.6 percent, which was worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.<ref>[http://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/lynn_westmoreland/400627 ''GovTrack'', "Lynn Westmoreland," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
  
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
===Congressional staff salaries===
 
::''See also: [[Staff salaries of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
 
::''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 he 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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/530/Rep_Lynn_Westmoreland.html LegiStorm "Lynn Westmoreland"]</ref>
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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.<ref>[http://www.legistorm.com/member/530/Rep_Lynn_Westmoreland.html ''LegiStorm'', "Lynn Westmoreland," accessed 2012]</ref>
 
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===Net worth===
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:: ''See also: [[Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives]]''
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====2011====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Westmoreland's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between -$7,982,994 and $8,279,997. That averages to $248,501, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232. His average net worth decreased by 14.60% from 2010.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026163&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Westmoreland (R-Ga), 2011"]</ref>
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====2010====
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Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics'', Westmoreland's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between  $-3,947,995 and $4,529,998. That averages to $291,001.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2010 of $7,561,133.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00026163&year=2010 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Westmoreland, (R-Georgia), 2010"]</ref>
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===National Journal vote ratings===
 
===National Journal vote ratings===
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[National Journal vote ratings]]''
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Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year.
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====2013====
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Westmoreland ranked 63rd in the conservative rankings in 2013.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2013-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014]</ref>
  
 
====2012====
 
====2012====
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.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal,'' "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013]</ref>
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Westmoreland ranked 25th in the conservative rankings in 2012.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-vote-ratings ''National Journal'', "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed February 27, 2013]</ref>
  
 
====2011====
 
====2011====
Each year ''National Journal'' publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Westmoreland ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal,'' "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012]</ref>
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Westmoreland ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.<ref>[http://www.nationaljournal.com/voteratings2011/searchable-vote-ratings-tables-house-20120223 ''National Journal'', "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," accessed February 23, 2012]</ref>
  
 
===Voting with party===
 
===Voting with party===
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The website ''OpenCongress'' tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.
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====2014====
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==Personal==
 
Westmoreland and his wife Joan have been married for 41 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. <ref name= "Bio"> [http://www.lynnwestmoreland.org/about.aspx ''Lynn Westmoreland--U.S. Congress'' "Lynn's Bio" Accessed October 25, 2011] </ref>
 
  
 
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Lynn A. Westmoreland
Lynn A. Westmoreland.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 8
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Marshall (D)
Leadership
Georgia House of Representatives, Republican Leader
2001-2003
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Cost per vote$6.64 in 2014
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$6,908,937
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 8th District
2005-2007
Georgia House of Representatives
1993-2003
Education
High schoolD.M. Therrell High School (1968)
Personal
Date of birthApril 2, 1950
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionConstruction Executive
Net worth(2012) $391,001.50
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Lynn A. Westmoreland (b. April 2, 1950, in Atlanta, GA) 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 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 ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the general election uncontested.[2] He won the nomination in the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014.[3]

Westmoreland considered running for the majority leader position to succeed Eric Cantor. He ultimately decided not to run for the post.[4]

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.

Career

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

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2015-2016

Westmoreland serves on the following committees:[6]

  • Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi

2013-2014

Westmoreland served on the following committees:[7][8]

2011-2012

Key votes

114th Congress

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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.[9] For more information pertaining to Westmoreland's voting record in the 114th Congress, please see the below sections.[10]

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. Westmoreland voted with 225 other Republicans to approve the bill.[11][12][13]

Foreign Affairs

Iran nuclear deal

Nay3.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. Westmoreland voted with 18 other Republican representatives against the bill.[14][15]

113th Congress

The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 224 out of the 3215 introduced bills (7 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[16] For more information pertaining to Westmoreland's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[17]

National security

DHS Appropriations

Yea3.png Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[18]

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.[18]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png 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 permitted federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[19] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[18]

NDAA

Yea3.png 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.[18]

Economy

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.[20] 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.[21][22] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[22] Westmoreland did not vote on the bill.

2014 Budget

Yea3.png 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.[23][24] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582-page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[24] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[25] It increased the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel by 1 percent, increased Head Start funding for early childhood education by $1 billion, 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.[23]

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Yea3.png 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.[26] 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.[27] Westmoreland voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[28]

Nay3.png The shutdown 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.[29] 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.[30]

Immigration


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Morton Memos Prohibition

Yea3.png 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.[18]

Healthcare

Healthcare Reform Rules

Yea3.png 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.[18]

Keep the IRS Off Your Healthcare Act

Yea3.png 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.[18]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Nay3.png 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.[18]

Government affairs

HR 676

See also: Boehner's lawsuit against the Obama administration

Yea3.png On July 30, 2014, the U.S. House approved a resolution 225 to 201 to sue President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional authority. Five RepublicansThomas Massie of Kentucky, Paul Broun of Georgia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey, Walter Jones of North Carolina and Steve Stockman of Texas—voted with Democrats against the lawsuit.[31] Westmoreland joined the other 224 Republicans in favor of the lawsuit. All Democrats voted against the resolution.[32][33]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Nay3.png 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.[34]

Issues

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 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, Westmoreland is a Hard-Core Conservative.[35] Note: We are working to resolve inaccuracies with this information. Thank you for your patience.

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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."[36]

Presidential preference

2012

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

Lynn Westmoreland endorsed Newt Gingrich in the 2012 presidential election. [37]

Elections

2014

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

Westmoreland ran 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.[3] He ran uncontested in the general election.

U.S. House, Georgia District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland Incumbent 100% 156,277
Total Votes 156,277
Source: Georgia Secretary of State
U.S. House, Georgia District 3 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngLynn Westmoreland Incumbent 69.5% 37,106
Chip Flanagan 30.5% 16,294
Total Votes 53,400
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

2012

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.[38]

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

Fundraising events

The below chart from Find The Best tracks the fundraising events Westmoreland attends.


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.


Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Westmoreland is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Westmoreland raised a total of $6,908,937 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[43]

Lynn Westmoreland's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 U.S. House (Georgia, District 3) Won $1,026,118
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 $6,908,937


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

2014

Westmoreland won re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Westmoreland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,026,118 and spent $1,037,842.[44] This is less than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[45]

Cost per vote

Westmoreland spent $6.64 per general election vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Georgia District 3, 2014 - Lynn Westmoreland Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $1,026,118
Total Spent $1,037,842
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $0
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $0
Top contributors to Lynn Westmoreland's campaign committee
Synovus Financial Corp$15,000
Wells Real Estate Funds$14,090
AFLAC Inc$12,000
SunTrust Banks$10,500
United Technologies$10,500
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$88,990
Commercial Banks$73,050
Accountants$45,750
Insurance$43,000
Food & Beverage$39,500

Below are Westmoreland's FEC reports.[46]

2012

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.[53] This was less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[54]

Cost per vote

Westmoreland spent $4.54 per vote received in 2012.


2010

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.[55]


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 two-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of two different metrics:

PGI: Change in 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 OpenSecrets.org, Westmoreland's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $-947,994 and $1,529,997. That averages to $291,001.50, which was 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.[56] Between 2004 and 2012, Westmoreland's calculated net worth[57] 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.[58]

Lynn Westmoreland Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
2004$8,670,245
2012$291,001
Growth from 2004 to 2012:-97%
Average annual growth:-12%[59]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[60]
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.

PGI: Donation Concentration Metric

See also: The Donation Concentration Metric (U.S. Congress Personal Gain Index)

Filings required by the Federal Election Commission report on the industries that give to each candidate. Using campaign filings and information calculated by OpenSecrets.org, Ballotpedia calculated the percentage of donations by industry received by each incumbent over the course of his or her career (or 1989 and later, if elected prior to 1988). Westmoreland received the most donations from individuals and PACs employed by the Real Estate industry.

From 2003-2014, 22.53 percent of Westmoreland's career contributions came from the top five industries as listed below.[61]

Donation Concentration Metric graphic.png
Lynn Westmoreland Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $6,632,685
Total Spent $6,139,052
Top five industries that contributed to campaign committee
Real Estate$490,023
Health Professionals$285,130
Retired$266,923
General Contractors$232,575
Commercial Banks$219,550
% total in top industry7.39%
% total in top two industries11.69%
% total in top five industries22.53%

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Westmoreland was a "lonely far-right Republican follower," as of July 29, 2014. This was the same rating Westmoreland received in June 2013.[62]

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.[63]

Westmoreland most often votes with:

Westmoreland least often votes with:


Source: This graphic was generated by Find The Best.

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Westmoreland missed 419 of 7,448 roll call votes from January 2005 to July 2014. This amounts to 5.6 percent, which was worse than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[64]

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.[65]

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.

2013

Westmoreland ranked 63rd in the conservative rankings in 2013.[66]

2012

Westmoreland ranked 25th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[67]

2011

Westmoreland ranked 1st in the conservative rankings in 2011.[68]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.

2014

Westmoreland voted with the Republican Party 93.9 percent of the time, which ranked 135th among the 234 House Republican members as of July 2014.[69]

2013

Westmoreland voted with the Republican Party 96.8 percent of the time, which ranked 69th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[70]

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External links


References

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  58. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  59. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
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2007–present
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