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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland

Former Representative for Georgia’s 3rd District

Westmoreland was the representative for Georgia’s 3rd congressional district and was a Republican. He served from 2007 to 2016.

He was previously the representative for Georgia’s 8th congressional district as a Republican from 2005 to 2006.

Photo of Rep. Lynn Westmoreland [R-GA3, 2007-2016]

Analysis

Legislative Metrics

Read our 2016 Report Card for Westmoreland.

Ideology–Leadership Chart

Westmoreland is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the House of Representatives in 2016 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 Westmoreland sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 5, 2011 to Dec 30, 2016. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Westmoreland was the primary sponsor of 3 bills that were enacted:

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Does 3 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

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

Westmoreland sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Finance and Financial Sector (80%) Government Operations and Politics (20%)

Recent Bills

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

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Voting Record

Key Votes

Westmoreland voted No

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. ...

Westmoreland 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 ...

Westmoreland voted Yea

Passed 219/206 on Dec 11, 2014.

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 [pdf], which was approved by the House on December ...

Westmoreland voted No

Westmoreland voted Nay

Westmoreland voted Aye

Passed 304/117 on Jun 23, 2011.

The Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA) is a United States federal statute that was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack ...

Westmoreland voted Nay

Westmoreland voted Nay

Westmoreland voted Nay

Passed 414/3 on May 9, 2007.

Missed Votes

From Jan 2005 to Dec 2016, Westmoreland missed 652 of 8,880 roll call votes, which is 7.3%. This is much worse than the median of 2.4% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Dec 2016. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses and major life events.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: