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Westerman Appointed To House Natural Resources Subcommittees

January 15, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) today issued the following statement on his appointment to the Public Lands and Environmental Regulations Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee under the House Committee on Natural Resources:

"I want to thank Chairman Bishop for the privilege to serve on these two important subcommittees.  With my new district office located within Hot Springs National Park — America's oldest federal reserve — it is an honor for me to serve on these panels. Additionally, as a professional engineer and forester, I will work for the citizens of Arkansas and America to enact common sense policies to improve our way of life through good stewardship and utilization of our natural resources."

Westerman was named to the subcommittees by the Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah).

Earlier this week, Westerman was previously appointed Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Environment, which is part of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He also serves on the House Budget Committee.

About Rep. Bruce Westerman

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.

Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.

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