Westerman On Reagan: "Definition of what it means to be a statesman"

February 6, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman issued the following statement Friday (February 6) commemorating the birthday of former President Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 104th birthday.

"Today we remember our nation's 40th president, the man who defined what it means to be a conservative in the modern era. But Ronald Reagan was more than a great president who stood for conservative principals and won the Cold War. He was a loving father, an adoring husband and the man who wrote the definition of what it means to be a statesman. And he shaped who I am politically and ideologically. As we mark his birthday, we look back on a time of growth, prosperity and greatness and I join my fellow Arkansans in working to advance his legacy and bring America back to those conservative governing principals during Reagan's eight years in the White House."

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.

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.