Lynn Westmoreland

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Lynn Westmoreland ()
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Committees: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House Committee on Small Business, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
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Next election: Nov. 6, 2012

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Lynn A. Westmoreland, a Republican, has represented the 3rd Congressional district of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004.


Record and controversies

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Iraq War

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Environmental record

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Auto-industry Talking Points

In 2005, Westmoreland recieved criticism for spreading a memo to fellow House members which consisted of auto-industry talking points, verbatim, even using the same font as the auto-industry document. An aid defended him, saying, "such behavior is standard practice." [1]

Ten Commandments

In a February 19, 2004, editorial, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution commented that the "sponsor of Georgia's Ten Commandments law, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg), claims a law is needed to rebuff the 'judicial activism' that is attempting to erase God from U.S. history. But what Westmoreland is trying to do is rewrite U.S. history in hopes of riling voters and increasing his name recognition in the crowded political race for the 8th District U.S. congressional seat."

In 2005, Westmoreland, now the holder of that seat, co-sponsored "at least four pieces of legislation pushing the Ten Commandments" in CongressH.Con.Res 11 (introduced 1/4/2005), H.Con.Res. 12 (introduced 1/4/2005), H.RES.214 (introduced 4/14/2005), H.J.Res. 57 (introduced 6/30/2005)," AMERICAblog reported.

On a June 15, 2006, televised interview with Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's faux news show Colbert Report, Westmoreland said "I can't name them all." "when asked to name the Ten Commandments." (Crooks and Liars has the video.) [2]


Westmoreland was born April 2, 1950 in Atlanta, Georgia, but calls Grantville, Georgia his home. Prior to his election to Congress, Westmoreland owned a construction company and worked as a real estate developer. He also served in the Georgia House of Representatives beginning in 1993 and began serving as the House Republican Leader in 2001, until he resigned from that position to pursue his Congressional campaign in late 2003.

Westmoreland continued to serve in the Georgia House until his election to the U.S. House in 2004.

Westmoreland was the top vote-getter in his Republican primary election in 2004, but faced fellow Republican Dylan Glenn in a runoff. Westmoreland received 55.5% of the vote in the runoff, before going on to receive 75.6% of the vote in the general election against Democrat Silvia Delamar.

Westmoreland is a fiscal hawk concerned with taxes and government regulation. During his time as the Republican Leader in the Georgia House, he led the fight against redistricting by the Democratic majority in 2001, and then was instrumental in the re-redistricting that took place in Georgia in 2005 after Republicans won control of the Georgia legislature in the 2004 elections.[3]

2006 elections

In 2006, the Democrats nominated Michael Edward McGraw to face Westmoreland in his November 2006 bid for reelection. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [4] Westmoreland retained his seat.

Money in politics

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Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Synovus Financial Corp$ 15,000
Wells Real Estate Funds$ 14,090
AFLAC Inc$ 12,000
SunTrust Banks$ 10,500
United Technologies$ 10,500
Schuster Enterprises$ 10,400
Air Line Pilots Assn$ 10,000
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons$ 10,000
American Bankers Assn$ 10,000
American Financial Services Assn$ 10,000
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Lynn Westmoreland
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Fayette Board of Realtors
  • Fayette County Safe Kids Council
  • Georgia Homebuilders
  • National Board of Realtors
  • National Rifle Association
  • Member, Southcrest Baptist Church

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Lynn Westmoreland. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.


DC office
  • 2433 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515
    Ph: 202-225-5901 Fax: 202-225-2515
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District offices
  • 1601-B East Highway 34 Newnan, GA 30265
    Ph: 770-683-2033 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office

Articles and resources



Articles by Westmoreland

Local blogs and discussion sites

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