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.
Our Member of the Week is Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia’s 11th District.
Prior to his congressional service, Congressman Loudermilk served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Georgia state senator from 2011-2013.
1.) What inspired you to run for Congress?
My father always taught me that complaining never accomplishes anything. If there is something you don’t like, you have two choices, you can do something to change the situation, or just accept it as inevitable and go on with your life; but never only complain. Clearly, our nation is way off track and our children and grandchildren deserve better than the government we are passing on to them. So I could either complain, or try to do something to change the situation, and be a part of the solution.
2.) What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was always interested in aviation. Although I never pursued aviation as a career, I did obtain a private pilot’s license, and also became a partner in an aviation services business.
3. ) What has surprised you most about life on Capitol Hill?
How busy it is when we are in session. And that’s a good thing…I like to be busy.
4.) Do you have any hidden talents?
I love doing any outdoor activity, especially with my family. We hike, rock climb, and like to play ultimate frisbee with friends.
5.) What is the last book you read that you simply could not put down until you finished?
I am currently reading ‘Congress and the American Tradition,’ by James Burnham, which was one of Ronald Reagan’s recommended books. I also read the Bible on a daily basis, but the last book I read straight through was ‘The Shemitah’ by Jonathon Cahn.
6. ) Who is your biggest influence in your life?
My father who was a veteran of WWII, and very wise.
7.) When did you know you were a Republican?
I guess it was when my parents were supporting Gerald Ford in the 1976 Presidential election. Living in Georgia, virtually all our friends and neighbors were supporting Jimmy Carter. My parents explained the difference between the two parties and why they supported the Republicans. I haven’t strayed from their advice since.
8.) What is the most important–but under-reported—policy issue you work on?
Reining in the out of control federal regulatory agencies.
9.) Describe your ideal “day-off”.
My ideal day off involves doing anything with my family.
10. ) What is your most favorite meal that you like to cook?
I don’t do much cooking, but anything that you can cook on a charcoal grill, I can do.