Lynn Westmoreland

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Lynn A. Westmoreland
Lynn A. Westmoreland.jpg
U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJim Marshall (D)
Leadership
Georgia House of Representatives, Republican Leader
2001-2003
Compensation
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,882,819
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
BirthdayApril 2, 1950
Place of birthAtlanta, Georgia
ProfessionConstruction Executive
Net worth$248,501
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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.

Westmoreland ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Georgia's 3rd District. He sought re-election on the Republican ticket.[1] He defeated Kent Kingsley and Chip Flanegan in the July 31, 2012 Republican primary.[2]

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Westmoreland is a "far-right Republican".[3]

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.[4] Westmoreland owned a construction company, L.A.W. Builders, and worked as a real estate developer.[4] Westmoreland attended Georgia State University, but did not complete his degree.

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Westmoreland serves on the following committees:[6]

2011-2012

Issues

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. [7]

Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Westmoreland voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 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.[8]

Elections

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 November 6, 2012 general election.[9]

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"

Full history


Personal

Westmoreland and his wife Joan have been married for 41 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. [5]


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Westmoreland is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Westmoreland raised a total of $5,882,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[13]

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

2012

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

Westmoreland won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Westmoreland's campaign committee raised a total of $1,067,726 and spent $1,055,937.[14]

2010

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

Westmoreland won re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. During that re-election cycle, Westmorelands's campaign committee raised a total of $785,044 and spent $712,529.[15]

Analysis

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Westmoreland missed 351 of 6,440 roll call votes from 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.[16]

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 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.[17]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

2011

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.[18]

2010

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.[19]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

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.[20]

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.[21]

Political Positions

Percentage voting with party

Lynn A. Westmoreland voted with the Republican Party 94 of the time, which ranked 78 among the 242 House Republican members as of November 2011.[22]

External links


References

  1. Times Herald "Kingsley announces run for Third District Congressional seat" Accessed February 16, 2012
  2. Associated Press "Results" Accessed July 31, 2012
  3. Gov Track "Westmoreland" Accessed May 23, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland, 3rd District of Georgia "Biography" Accessed October 25, 2011
  5. 5.0 5.1 Lynn Westmoreland--U.S. Congress "Lynn's Bio" Accessed October 25, 2011
  6. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Washington Post, "Gingrich gets Westmoreland endorsement," December 8, 2011
  8. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  9. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  10. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  11. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  12. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  13. Open Secrets "Lynn A. Westmoreland" Accessed April 4, 2013
  14. Open Secrets "Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  15. Open Secrets "Lynn A. Westmoreland's 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  16. GovTrack, "Lynn Westmoreland," Accessed March 29, 2013
  17. LegiStorm "Lynn Westmoreland"
  18. OpenSecrets.org, "Westmoreland (R-Ga), 2011"
  19. OpenSecrets.org, "Westmoreland, (R-Georgia), 2010"
  20. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  21. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  22. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Marshall
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 3
2007–present
Succeeded by
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