Current Position: US Representative for AR 4th District since 2015
Former Position(s): State Delegate from 2011 – 2015
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Rep. Bruce Westerman Chats Forest Management and More
KATV, – August 25, 2021 (Medium)
LITTLE ROCK (TB&P) — U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, says the Aug. 31 deadline to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is arbitrary and unfeasible.
In an interview with Talk Business & Politics on Tuesday (Aug. 24), Westerman said he was fresh out of an intelligence briefing that confirmed his belief that the Biden administration’s Afghanistan withdrawal was impractical.
“No, I do not agree with the August 31st deadline. I don’t think that deadlines should have ever been put in place. I think it was okay to withdraw from Afghanistan, but to do that in a much better planned method using the intelligence that we had and not setting arbitrary deadlines,” he said. “We’ve seen it play out before our eyes, the tragedies that are happening there. And I don’t think we can get all the Americans out by August 31st. And we certainly can’t get all the Afghans out who helped us for 20 years there in Afghanistan.”
Source: Government page
U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman is a Hot Springs native currently serving his fourth term as representative from the Fourth District of Arkansas, having first been elected in 2014. Westerman serves on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and as Ranking Member of the Committee on Natural Resources. Westerman also serves on the Minority Whip Team under the leadership of House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.
Prior to serving in Congress, Westerman was elected to two terms in the Arkansas General Assembly, where he was the state’s first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction following the 2013 GOP takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
An engineer and forester by trade, Westerman worked for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers in 2013.
A 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback football team. He was awarded the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. Westerman is also a graduate of Yale University, earning a Master of Forestry degree in 2001.
Westerman lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Sharon, and their four children. He enjoys hunting and fishing.
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus (Vice-Chair)
- Congressional Western Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Working Forests Caucus (Co-Chair, Co-Founder)
- Dyslexia Caucus (Co-Chair)
- Road Safety Caucus (Co-Chair)
- HBCU Caucus
- U.S. Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- Congressional Chicken Caucus
- Congressional Aluminum Caucus
- Air Cargo Caucus
- Association for Career and Technical Education Caucus
- Alzheimer’s Task Force
- U.S. – Japan Caucus
- Congressional Tire Caucus
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Bruce Eugene Westerman (born November 18, 1967) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district. Previously, he served as member and the Majority Leader of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Westerman was raised in and resides in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He graduated as valedictorian of Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs. He attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he played college football for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1990 and subsequently received a master’s degree in forestry from Yale University.
Westerman worked as an engineer and forester before being elected to the Arkansas House in 2010. He was formerly employed as an engineer and forester by the Mid-South Engineering Company. He served as president of the Arkansas chapter of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He is also a former chair of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers, and served on the Fountain Lake School District school board.
Arkansas House of Representatives
With the 2012 election, Westerman was transferred to his current District 22, in which he also ran without opposition in both the Republican primary and the general election. The incumbent District 22 lawmaker, Republican Nate Bell of Polk County, was switched to District 20.
Westerman served as the House Minority Leader in 2012 and House Majority Leader in 2013.
- Revenue And Taxation Committee
- Subcommittee on Sales, Use, Miscellaneous Taxes and Exemptions (chair)
- State Agencies And Governmental Affairs Committee
- Insurance and Commerce Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Westerman won the Republican primary on May 20, defeating Tommy Moll, 54%–46%. In November, he defeated Democratic nominee James Lee Witt, a former associate of U.S. President Bill Clinton, 54%-43%.
On June 20, 2017, as the only certified forester in the House, Westerman introduced H.R.2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, providing for the culling of overgrown federally managed woods. After passing the House, it was introduced in the Senate on November 2, 2017, where it stalled because of opposition from Democrats lobbied by anti-logging environmentalists.
In December 2020, Westerman was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
During the 2021 Capitol riot, Westerman, left behind in House minority leader Kevin McCarthy‘s office when he was evacuated by security, took a Civil War sword from a shattered display for protection and hid from rioters on a toilet.
In the 117th Congress, Westerman serves on the:
- Committee on Natural Resources (Ranking Member)
- As Ranking Member of the full committee, Westerman can sit as an ex officio member on all subcommittees.
- Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
In the 114th Congress, Westerman served on the:
- Committee on the Budget
- Committee on Natural Resources
- Committee on Science, Space and Technology
- Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Congressional Western Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- Working Forests Caucus (co-chair, co-founder)
- Dyslexia Caucus (co-chair)
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
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- “About”. Congressman Bruce Westerman. December 3, 2012.
- “Bruce Westerman’s Biography”. votesmart.org. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- Westerman plans to run for Sample’s seat in House. Hot Springs Village Voice. September 30, 2009
- Westerman to resign from Fountain Lake school board. Hot Springs Village Voice. March 24, 2010
- “State Representative District 030 – Certified, 2010”. sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- “Arkansas House Of Representatives”. Arkanhouse.org. Archived from the original on January 2, 2015. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- “Arkansas Primary Election Results, May 20, 2014”. KATV. Retrieved May 21, 2014.
- “RealClearPolitics – Election 2014 – Arkansas 4th District – Westerman vs. Witt”. Realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- Westerman, Bruce (November 2, 2017). “H.R.2936 – 115th Congress (2017-2018): Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017”. www.congress.gov. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- “Bruce Westerman faults forest-management bill blocks on Democrats”. The Washington Times. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). “How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill”. The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- Blood, Michael R.; Riccardi, Nicholas (December 5, 2020). “Biden officially secures enough electors to become president”. AP News. Archived from the original on December 8, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- Liptak, Adam (December 11, 2020). “Supreme Court Rejects Texas Suit Seeking to Subvert Election”. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 12, 2020.
- “Order in Pending Case” (PDF). Supreme Court of the United States. December 11, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on December 11, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Diaz, Daniella. “Brief from 126 Republicans supporting Texas lawsuit in Supreme Court”. CNN. Archived from the original on December 12, 2020. Retrieved December 11, 2020.
- Leibovich, Mark (April 25, 2021). “Kevin McCarthy, Four Months After Jan. 6, Still on Defensive Over Trump”. The New York Times. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
- Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (October 22, 2021). “Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?”. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
- “Membership”. Republican Study Committee. December 6, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
- “Committees and Caucuses”. Congressman Bruce Westerman. December 13, 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
- U.S. Representative Bruce Westerman[permanent dead link] official U.S. House website
- Bruce Westerman for Congress
- Bruce Westerman at Curlie
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
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- House Committee on Natural Resources (Ranking Member)
- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee