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Rep. Bruce Westerman

Representative for Arkansas’s 4th District

pronounced brooss // WEST-er-min

Westerman is the representative for Arkansas’s 4th congressional district (view map) and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Westerman is next up for reelection in 2020.

Photo of Rep. Bruce Westerman [R-AR4]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2018 Report Card for Westerman.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Westerman is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot is a member of the House of Representatives positioned according to our liberal–conservative ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Westerman has sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 6, 2015 to Jun 21, 2019. See full analysis methodology.

Ratings from Advocacy Organizations

Committee Membership

Bruce Westerman sits on the following committees:

Enacted Legislation

Westerman was the primary sponsor of 2 bills that were enacted:

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We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Westerman sponsors bills primarily in these issue areas:

Public Lands and Natural Resources (30%) Crime and Law Enforcement (17%) Health (17%) Science, Technology, Communications (13%) Armed Forces and National Security (13%) Government Operations and Politics (9%)

Recent Bills

Some of Westerman’s most recently sponsored bills include...

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Westerman voted Nay

Passed 366/52 on Jul 25, 2018.

The House Amendment to S. 1182 extends the National Flood Insurance Program, which is set to expire July 31, 2018, through November 30, 2018. This ...

Westerman voted No

Passed 240/186 on Feb 9, 2018.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of funding for the federal government through March 23, 2018, to avert a government shutdown that would have ...

Westerman voted Yea

Passed 229/177 on May 19, 2017.

H.R. 1039 amends the federal criminal code to authorize a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe ...

Westerman voted Aye

Westerman voted No

Passed 344/77 on Jul 10, 2015.

The 21st Century Cures Act is a bipartisan bill that would reform the current standards and appropriations for biomedical research, provide $1.75 billion annually for ...

Westerman voted Aye

Passed 218/208 on Jun 18, 2015.

This vote made H.R. 2146 the vehicle for passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal currently being negotiated. H.R. ...

Westerman voted Yea

Passed 338/88 on May 13, 2015.

The USA Freedom Act (H.R. 2048, Pub.L. 114–23) is a U.S. law enacted on June 2, 2015 that restored in modified form several provisions of ...

Missed Votes

From Jan 2015 to Jun 2019, Westerman missed 22 of 2,933 roll call votes, which is 0.8%. This is better than the median of 2.1% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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