Westerman Congratulates Members of 90th General Assembly

January 12, 2015
Press Release


WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) today issued the following statement on the start of the 90th Arkansas General Assembly:

"I want to congratulate my former colleagues in the Arkansas House and Senate on the start of the 90th General Assembly. As this new year and new session begins, the state legislature is working for the same causes I am fighting for in Washington – less hassle from government and more freedom for the hardworking taxpayers we represent.

"As the new and returning representatives and senators begin the work their constituents sent them to Little Rock to complete, I commit myself to doing my part in Washington to expand federalism by loosening the ties that bind my friends in the legislature so they can successfully govern our state free from overly burdensome regulation by the federal government."

Congressman Westerman served in the General Assembly from 2011-2014, serving as the House Minority Leader in 2012 and as the House Majority Leader in 2013 – the first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction.

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 in. 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.

For more information on Rep. Bruce Westerman, please visit https://westerman.house.gov and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RepWesterman and Facebook at https://facebook.com/RepWesterman.