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Westerman Co-Sponsors Jerusalem Embassy Act

January 29, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement in regarding his co-sponsorship of H.R. 114, the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 2015:

"It high time that the United States lead the charge among global powers in recognizing Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel. As the center of government in America's oldest ally in the region, it only makes sense to have our embassy located in Jerusalem. Furthermore, placing our embassy in Jerusalem will tell the Israeli people, the American people, and the rest of the world that we continue to stand with Israel."

Current law states that the embassy should be in Jerusalem, but the president has the power to wave the stated location every six months. H.R. 114 removes the president's waiver authority.

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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