10 Questions: Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-4)

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America’s New Congress is filled with hundreds of Members and thousands of stories. Each week, GOP.gov will introduce you to a new House Republican with “10 Questions.”

Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas’s 4th District is this week’s featured member. He sits on the House Committee on the Budget, and  the House Committee on Natural Resources and the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Arkansas, Rep. Westerman was elected twice to serve in the State’s General Assembly as its first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction. An engineer and forester for 22 years in Hot Springs, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers in 2013.


We asked Rep. Westerman 10 Questions:

1. What inspired you to run for Congress?

I love America and want to secure the blessings of liberty to our posterity.

2. Who would you see in concert?

Don Williams, Air Supply, the Eagles, Journey, and Toby Mac.

3. If we were to empty your pockets, what would we find?

My wallet.

4. Who is your biggest influence?

My mom and dad, wife, coaches and teachers from the past, and friends.

5. What is your favorite way to beat the summer heat?

On the water at either Lake Ouachita or the Buffalo National River, fishing floating and swimming.

6. Describe your ultimate family vacation.

Anywhere with my family – preferably with no cell phone or WiFi.

7. Who is your favorite president?

It is hard to pick just one: My favorite of the Modern Era, and likely of all time, is Ronald Reagan. But how can I leave out Washington? I’m also a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge.

8. What is the most important–but under-reported—policy issue you work on?

Trying to get our fiscal house in order and modifying mandatory spending programs that are bankrupting America and taking away liberty and opportunity from our children and grandchildren.

9. Favorite Capitol Hill hotspot?

Seems like everywhere here is hot and muggy in the summer. It makes me wonder how our forefathers dealt with it before A/C.

10. How would you spend a day off?

On my farm doing manual labor, driving my tractor, cutting firewood and spending time with my family. I would also try to work in some hunting and fishing, depending on the time of year.

Check out our previous editions of 10 Questions:

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ)
Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA)
Rep. Bruce Poliquin (R-ME)
Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-NV)
Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI)
Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK)
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