Lynn Westmoreland

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Lynn A. Westmoreland
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U.S. House, Georgia, District 3
Incumbent
In office
January 3, 2005-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
Cost per vote$4.54 in 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$5,882,819
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House of Representatives, Georgia's 8th District
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, in Atlanta, Georgia) is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Westmoreland was elected by voters from Georgia's 3rd Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in 2004.[1]

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

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

Westmoreland is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.

Biography

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

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

Career

Committee assignments

U.S. House

2013-2014

Westmoreland serves on the following committees:[5]

2011-2012

Issues

Legislative actions

113th Congress

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The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1 percent) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[6] For more information pertaining to Westmoreland's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[7]

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."[8]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security 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.[9]

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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]

NDAA

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in support of HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.[9]

Economy

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201.[11] 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.[12] Westmoreland voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[13]

Voted "No" The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds 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.[14] 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.[15]

Immigration

Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.[9]

Healthcare

Health Care Reform Rules

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of House Amendment 450 - Requires Congressional Approval for Any Rules Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The amendment was adopted by the House on August 2, 2013, with a vote of 227-185. The amendment requires all changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act be approved by Congress before taking effect. The vote was largely along party lines.[9]

Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act

Voted "Yes" Westmoreland voted in favor of HR 2009 - Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care 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.[9]

Social issues

Amash amendment

Voted "No" Westmoreland voted against House Amendment 413 - Prohibits the National Security Agency from Collecting Records Under the Patriot Act. The amendment failed on July 4, 2013, by a vote of 205-217. The amendment would have prohibited the collection of records by the National Security Agency under the Patriot Act. Both parties were split on the vote.[9]

Previous congressional sessions

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "No" Westmoreland voted against the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was 1 of 151 Republicans that voted against the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257 - 167 vote on January 1, 2013.[16]

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. [17]

Elections

2014

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

Westmoreland is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

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.[18]

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

Full history


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Westmoreland is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Westmoreland raised a total of $5,882,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 4, 2013.[23]

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

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Westmoreland's reports.[24]

Lynn A. Westmoreland (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]April 15, 2013$424,755.10$140,283.60$(102,480.62)$462,557.98
July Quarterly[26]July 12, 2013$462,557.98$178,107.92$(176,834.96)$463,830.94
October Quarterly[27]October 13, 2013$463,830.94$151,010.00$(67,430.00)$547,410.94
Year-end[28]January 31, 2014$547,410$76,770$(120,855)$503,325
April Quarterly[29]April 15, 2014$503,325$63,720$(95,312)$471,733
Running totals
$609,891.52$(562,912.58)

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.[30] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[31]

Cost per vote

Westmoreland spent $4.54 per vote received in 2012.

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.[32]

Analysis

Ideology and leadership

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

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Westmoreland is a "lonley far-right Republican follower," as of June 13, 2013.[33]

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.[34]

Westmoreland most often votes with:

Westmoreland least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Westmoreland missed 351 of 6,440 roll call votes from January 2005 to March 2013. This amounts to 5.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[35]

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.[36]

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, 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.[37]

2010

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[38]

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.

2012

Westmoreland ranked 25th in the conservative rankings in 2012.[39]

2011

Westmoreland ranked 1st in the conservative rankings.[40]

Voting with party

2013

Lynn A. Westmoreland voted with the Republican Party 96.8% of the time, which ranked 69th among the 233 House Republican members as of June 2013.[41]

Personal

Westmoreland and his wife Joan have been married for 41 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren. [4]

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See also

External links


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Congressman Lynn A. Westmoreland, 3rd District of Georgia "Biography" Accessed October 25, 2011
  2. Times Herald "Kingsley announces run for Third District Congressional seat" Accessed February 16, 2012
  3. Associated Press "Results" Accessed July 31, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lynn Westmoreland--U.S. Congress "Lynn's Bio" Accessed October 25, 2011
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  8. 11 Alive.com, "Georgia lawmakers explain their positions on Syria," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 9.6 9.7 Project Votesmart, "Lynn Westmoreland Key Votes," accessed September 30, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  14. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  15. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  17. Washington Post, "Gingrich gets Westmoreland endorsement," December 8, 2011
  18. Politico "2012 Election Map"
  19. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2004," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Lynn A. Westmoreland" Accessed April 4, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Lynn A. Westmoreland 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 23, 2013
  25. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  26. Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly" accessed July 23, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2013
  28. Federal Election Commission, "Year End Report," accessed February 10, 2014
  29. Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 21, 2014
  30. Open Secrets "Lynn Westmoreland 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 20, 2013
  31. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  32. Open Secrets "Lynn A. Westmoreland's 2010 Election Cycle," Accessed October 26, 2011
  33. Gov Track "Westmoreland" Accessed June 13, 2013
  34. OpenCongress, "Rep. Lynn Westmoreland," Accessed August 1, 2013
  35. GovTrack, "Lynn Westmoreland," Accessed March 29, 2013
  36. LegiStorm "Lynn Westmoreland"
  37. OpenSecrets.org, "Westmoreland (R-Ga), 2011"
  38. OpenSecrets.org, "Westmoreland, (R-Georgia), 2010"
  39. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 27, 2013
  40. National Journal, "Searchable Vote Ratings Tables: House," February 23, 2012
  41. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Marshall
U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 3
2007–present
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U.S. House of Representatives - Georgia District 8
2005–2007
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Georgia House of Representatives
1993–2003
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