Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Georgia, living more than 25 years in Fayette County before moving to his current residence in Coweta County. A true American entrepreneur, Lynn began his own building company, L.A.W. Builders.
While running his business, Lynn was elected to the Georgia State House, where he served proudly for 12 years. In the state House, Lynn developed a reputation for fighting for lower taxes and smaller government. He was eventually elected to serve as the Republican Leader, a position he held for three years. His hard work and dedication is credited as one of the major reasons the Republican Party was able to win the majority in the Georgia State House for the first time.
In 2004, Lynn was elected to the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District. After a long redistricting battle, the Eighth District was converted into the Third District, which stretches from the southern suburbs of metro Atlanta into Middle Georgia and down to Columbus. In 2012, Lynn was re-elected to his fifth term in Congress and in 2015 will begin his sixth term.
Lynn and his wife Joan have been married for 45 years. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
In the 114th Congress, Lynn serves on the House Financial Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Select Committee on Benghazi, and the Steering Committee.
Congressman Westmoreland serves as Committee Whip for the House Financial Services Committee, and serves on the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit, Housing and Insurance, and Capital Markets and Government Sponsored Enterprise Subcommittees where he is a voice for community banks and staunch defender of small business. The House Financial Services Committee has jurisdiction over the housing and financial services sectors, including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. Georgia has been hit especially hard by the current economic downturn and Westmoreland believes it is important that our great state is represented by a conservative, free-market voice on the committee.
On the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Congressman Westmoreland serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, leading the investigation into the 2012 attacks on the US Embassy in Benghazi. The House Intel Committee is charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community, including the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency. Westmoreland understands that ensuring our nation’s security at home and around the world requires a strong intelligence community and works with his fellow committee members to make sure they have the resources they need to carry out their important mission.
In 2014, Congressman Westmoreland was selected by Speaker Boehner to serve on the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Congressman Westmoreland’s involvement in an informal working group and his work on the Intel Committee proved he was one of the most knowledgeable on the attacks and he is honored to work alongside Chairman Trey Gowdy to uncover the truth.
As part of the Steering Committee, Congressman Westmoreland is tasked with selecting members and leadership for each of the House committees at the start of each Congress or when seats on the committees become available.
In the 113th Congress, Congressman Lynn Westmoreland served as the Deputy Chairman at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), helping Chairman Greg Walden and the NRCC to gain the largest Republican majority in the House since 1928. Westmoreland has served in a leadership role at the NRCC for the 111th and 112th Congress, leading the redistricting effort as the Vice Chairman for Redistricting and assisting Congressman Kevin McCarthy with candidate recruitment.