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Barry Loudermilk

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Barry Loudermilk
Official portrait, 2018
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byPhil Gingrey
Member of the Georgia State Senate
from the 14th district
In office
January 14, 2013 – August 27, 2013
Preceded byGeorge Hooks
Succeeded byBruce Thompson
Member of the Georgia State Senate
from the 52nd district
In office
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2013
Preceded byPreston Smith
Succeeded byChuck Hufstetler
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
January 10, 2005 – January 10, 2011
Preceded byTom Knox
Succeeded byChristian Coomer
Personal details
Born
Barry Dean Loudermilk

(1963-12-22) December 22, 1963 (age 60)
Riverdale, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse
Desiree Loudermilk
(m. 1983)
Children3
Residence(s)Cartersville, Georgia, U.S.
EducationCommunity College of the Air Force (AAS)
Wayland Baptist University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1984–1992

Barry Dean Loudermilk (/ˈldərˌmɪlk/ LOW-dər-MILK; born December 22, 1963) is an American politician from the state of Georgia who has been the U.S. representative from Georgia's 11th congressional district since 2015. The district covers a large slice of Atlanta's northern suburbs, including Marietta, Acworth and Smyrna, and a sliver of Atlanta itself.

Loudermilk won the Republican nomination for the seat in a runoff on July 22, 2014, over Bob Barr, and won the general election on November 4, 2014.[1] He was reelected to successive terms in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2022.[2][3][user-generated source?]

Early life and career

Loudermilk was born in Riverdale, Georgia. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1984, where he worked as a communications operations specialist for command, control, and intelligence operations.[4] He served at duty stations in Texas, Hawaii and Alaska.[4] Per his campaign website, he was awarded for his participation in "the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield, and Operation Desert Storm."[3] While in the Air Force, he attended the Community College of the Air Force to earn his Associate of Applied Science in telecommunications technology in 1987 before going on to earn his Bachelor of Science in occupational education and information systems technology from Wayland Baptist University in 1992.[4][3] He was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 1992. After his military service he founded a company called Innovative Network Systems, Inc.[3]

Loudermilk entered politics in 2001, when he was elected chairman of the Bartow County Republican party, serving until 2004. He served district 14 in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 until 2010,[5] and was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2011 to 2013, representing the 52nd district for the first two years and the 14th district from January to August 2013. He served as chair of the senate science and technology committee, as secretary of the veterans, military and homeland security, and public safety, committees, and as a member of the transportation committee. During his time in the Georgia legislature, he received awards including the Civil Air Patrol's National Legislator of the Year award (2006), the Advocates for Children’s Public Servant of the Year award (2007), the Blue Ridge Women's Center's Sanctity of Life Award (2010), the Technology Association of Georgia's Legislator of the Year award (2011) and the American Conservative Union's Defender of Liberty Award (2012).[3] Loudermilk resigned from the state senate on August 27, 2013, to focus on his congressional bid, winning repeatedly from 2014 through 2022.[6]

Loudermilk is a former member of the Freedom Caucus[7][8] and has been endorsed by the evangelical author and political activist for Christian nationalist causes, David Barton.[9] Loudermilk is a Baptist.[10]

U.S. House of Representatives

Tenure

In February 2017, Loudermilk co-sponsored H.R. 861, which would eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by 2018.[11]

In September 2017, the Georgia-based credit bureau Equifax revealed a data breach that affected 143 million Americans and was characterized by technology journalists as "very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever to have happened".[12] Four months earlier, Loudermilk, who had received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax as part of an extensive lobbying effort,[13][14] introduced a bill that would reduce consumer protections in relation to the nation's credit bureaus, including capping potential damages in a class action suit to $500,000 regardless of class size or amount of loss.[15][16] The bill would also eliminate all punitive damages.[15][16] After criticism from consumer advocates, Loudermilk agreed to delay consideration of the bill "pending a full and complete investigation into the Equifax breach."[15]

Committee assignments

For the 118th Congress:[17]

Caucus memberships

Allegations of aiding the January 6 United States Capitol attack

On May 19, 2022, the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack requested that Loudermilk appear for an interview about a tour he led of the United States Capitol Complex on January 5, 2021, the day before the 2021 United States Capitol attack.[21] House Democrats had suggested Loudermilk aided in the attack, which he and House Republicans disputed. In June, Capitol police concluded that there was nothing suspicious about Loudermilk's tour. Capitol police chief Tom Manger said, "There is no evidence that Rep. Loudermilk entered the U.S. Capitol with this group on January 5, 2021."[22] The next day, the committee released video of Loudermilk leading the tour of the Capitol complex on January 5 in areas "not typically of interest to tourists, including hallways, staircases, and security checkpoints";[23] the footage showed the group walking through tunnels underneath the Capitol, but not within the main building. A man in the tour group can also be seen taking photos of hallways. The committee then shared footage claiming the man was at the riot, showing footage of a man at the storming of the Capitol the next day.[24]

Loudermilk filed an ethics complaint against Representative Mikie Sherrill and other members for alleging he gave a reconnaissance tour of the Capitol on January 5.[25][26]

Political positions

Loudermilk has an 83% score from conservative political advocacy group Heritage Action for his voting record.[27]

Health care

Loudermilk supports reforming Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. He wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). He compared the 2017 Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare to the American Revolutionary War and World War II.[28]

Loudermilk did not vaccinate his children against the mumps or measles. He believes that it is up to parents, not the government, to decide whether children receive vaccines.[29]

Donald Trump

Loudermilk said he considers the presidency of Donald Trump a "movement" and has praised the concept of "Make America Great Again." He has credited Paul Ryan, rather than Trump, with Republican success in Congress.[28] In 2017, Loudermilk called Ryan a "revolutionary thinker."[28]

In December 2019, Loudermilk likened the impeachment of Trump to the crucifixion of Jesus. In a floor speech, he said, "When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers... During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this president in this process", a fact pattern disputed by religious scholarship and rated by PolitiFact as "false."[30]

In December 2020, Loudermilk was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated[31] Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.[32][33][34]

On January 7, 2021, Loudermilk and 139 other House Republicans voted against certifying Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes, despite no evidence of widespread election fraud.[35]

Economic issues

In 2016, the Club for Growth named Loudermilk a "defender of economic freedom" for his conservative voting record on the economy.[36]

Loudermilk supports a balanced budget amendment but does not consider it "politically viable."[28]

Loudermilk supports tax reform and voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[37] He called the act a "big Christmas present" for his constituents, claiming it would reduce the deficit, improve the lives of all Americans, and cause more companies to hire due to increased revenues. He said, "I could understand it if all we were doing was just giving a corporate tax break—you could make that argument. But the bulk of the tax reform is giving middle-income Americans a significant tax cut."[28]

Loudermilk supports dismantling the IRS and establishing a flat tax system.[28]

Abortion

Loudermilk is anti-abortion and believes that life starts at conception. He supports the right to life movement and has said, "Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right, not to destroy it."[38]

LGBT rights

Loudermilk opposes federal legalization of same-sex marriage, believing it should be decided by states. In 2015, Loudermilk condemned the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution.[39] He has supported the First Amendment Defense Act.[40]

Veterans

The PACT ACT which expanded VA benefits to veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during their military service, received a "nay" from Loudermilk.[41] Regarding cannabis, despite lobbying from VSOs such as the DAV[42] Loudermilk also voted against 2022 MORE Act.[43][44]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Barry Loudermilk wins Georgia GOP runoff to succeed Rep. Gingrey". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Associated Press. July 22, 2014. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  2. ^ "Representative Barry Loudermilk". congress.gov. Library of Congress. Retrieved August 10, 2023.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Barry Loudermilk". ballotpedia.org. Ballotpedia. Retrieved August 10, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c "Meet Barry". Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Senator Barry Loudermilk". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  6. ^ "Loudermilk Resigns from Senate to Run Campaign". Daily-Tribune.com. August 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  7. ^ Bialik, Carl; Bycoffe, Aaron (September 25, 2015). "The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Hallerman, Tamar (March 2, 2017). "Barry Loudermilk quietly leaves the House Freedom Caucus". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on April 15, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "Barry Loudermilk, House GOP Candidate, Wins Endorsement From Controversial Historian David Barton". The Huffington Post. September 11, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2015.
  10. ^ "Religious affiliation of members of 118th Congress" (PDF). Pew Research Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 16, 2023.
  11. ^ Hensley, Nicole (February 5, 2017). "Florida congressman pitches bill that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
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  13. ^ Levin, Bess (September 12, 2017). "Equifax Lobbied to Gut Regulations Right Before Getting Hacked". Vanity Fair.
  14. ^ "Equifax Inc Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2016 cycle – OpenSecrets". Opensecrets.org.
  15. ^ a b c Weisbaum, Herb, "Republicans in Congress Want to Roll Back Regulations on Credit Bureaus", NBC News, September 11, 2017, Retrieved September 18, 2017
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  18. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
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  20. ^ "Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute".
  21. ^ Beitsch, Rebecca (May 19, 2022). "House Jan. 6 committee asks GOP Rep. Loudermilk to appear". The Hill.
  22. ^ Balsamo, Michael (June 14, 2022). "Police: Republican's tour of Capitol complex not suspicious". The Hill.
  23. ^ Wu, Nicholas (June 15, 2022). "Loudermilk tour group taking basement photos 'raises concerns' for Jan. 6 panel". Politico. Retrieved June 17, 2022.
  24. ^ Beitsch, Rebbeca (June 15, 2022). "Jan. 6 panel releases Loudermilk tour footage". The Hill.
  25. ^ The Editorial Board (June 14, 2022). The Capitol ‘Reconnaissance’ Smear. The Wall Street Journal. [1]
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