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story.lead_photo.caption The Associated Press CAPITOL HILL: House Speaker Paul Ryan, of Wis., administers the House oath of office to Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Ark., during a mock swearing in ceremony Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. - Photo by The Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-District 4, was sworn in Tuesday for his second term in Congress, pledging in a statement to undo President Barack Obama's "executive overreach."

The official swearing in took place in the House chamber, followed by a ceremonial swearing in with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol, a news release said.

"It is a great honor and privilege to serve the hardworking taxpayers of the 4th Congressional District," Westerman said. "As we start the 115th Congress, I will continue the fight to undo President Obama's executive overreach. I will work with President-elect Donald Trump and my colleagues in Congress to restore constitutional authority granted to the legislative branch, to simplify our tax code, and to repeal Obamacare once and for all.

"The next two years will be full of action as I join my colleagues in executing the mandate the American people delivered" in the general election on Nov. 8, he said.

An open house was held Tuesday afternoon at Westerman's Washington office for constituents to have a chance to visit with Westerman and the 4th District staff.

A lifelong resident of Garland County, Westerman was elected to the 4th District in 2014 and serves on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where he is the vice chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He also serves on the Majority Whip Team under the leadership of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Twice elected to the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas' first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction. He was an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan, which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.

An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional Engineers.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. He earned a Master of Forestry degree from Yale University in 2001.

Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and serves as a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife, Sharon, and their four children.

Additional district offices for Westerman are located in Hot Springs at 101 Reserve St.; El Dorado at 101 N. Washington St., Suite 406; Ozark at 211 W. Commercial St.; and Pine Bluff at 101 E. Eighth Ave., Room 2521.

Local on 01/04/2017

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