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Barry Loudermilk

Barry Loudermilk
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 11th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Phil Gingrey
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 14th district
In office
2013 – August 27, 2013
Preceded by George Hooks
Succeeded by Bruce Thompson
Member of the Georgia Senate
from the 52nd district
In office
Preceded by Preston Smith
Succeeded by Chuck Hufstetler
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
from the 14th district
In office
Preceded by Tom Knox
Succeeded by Christian Coomer
Personal details
Born Barry Dean Loudermilk
(1963-12-22) December 22, 1963 (age 54)
Riverdale, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Cassville, Georgia

Barry Dean Loudermilk /ˈldərˌmɪlk/ (born December 22, 1963) is an American politician from the state of Georgia. He is the U.S. Congressman from Georgia's 11th congressional district, which covers part of Atlanta's northern suburbs. 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 won reelection to a second term in the U.S. House on November 8, 2016.


Loudermilk was a member of the Georgia State Senate for almost three years, representing the 14th district. He previously served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 until 2011.[2] Loudermilk resigned from the state Senate on August 27, 2013, to focus on his congressional bid.[3]

Loudermilk is a native of Georgia. He entered politics in 2001, when he was elected as Chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party until 2004. He was subsequently elected to the State House. Loudermilk was elected to the State Senate in 2010, and was sworn in during 2011. As a state senator, he served as Chair to the Senate Science and Technology Committee and as Secretary to the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees. He was also a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. He holds an associate degree in Telecommunications Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology.

Loudermilk is a former member of the Freedom Caucus[4] [5]and has been endorsed by evangelical Christian minister David Barton.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

Legislation and donors

In February 2017, Loudermilk co-sponsored H.R. 861, which would eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by 2018.[7]

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".[8] Four months earlier, Loudermilk, who had received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax as part of an extensive lobbying effort,[9][10] 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.[11][12] The bill would also eliminate all punitive damages.[11][12] Following criticism by consumer advocates, Loudermilk agreed to delay consideration of the bill "pending a full and complete investigation into the Equifax breach."[11]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Loudermilk has a 83 percent score from Heritage Action for America for his conservative voting record.[14]

Domestic issues

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 efforts by the Republicans to repeal the health care act to the American Revolutionary War and World War II.[15]

Loudermilk did not vaccinate his children against the mumps or measles. He believes that it's up to parents to decide if they want to vaccinate their children, not the government.[16]

Donald Trump

Loudermilk considers the presidency of Donald Trump a "movement" and praises the concept of "Make America Great Again." However, Loudermilk credits the success that he claims Republicans are having in the Congress to Paul Ryan, more than to Trump.[15]

Economic issues

In 2016, Loudermilk was named a "defender of economic freedom" by the Club for Growth for his conservative voting record around the economy.[17]

Budget & economy

Loudermilk supports a balanced budget amendment but does not consider it "politically viable."[15]

Tax reform

Loudermilk supports tax reform and voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[18] He called the legislature a "big Christmas present" for his constituents. He claims the bill will reduce deficit and improve the lives of all Americans. He believes that more companies will hire due to increased revenues. He says, “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.”[15]

He supports dismantling the IRS and establishing a flat tax system.[15]

Paul Ryan

In 2017, Loudermilk called Paul Ryan a "revolutionary thinker."[15]

Social issues


Loudermilk is pro-life and believes that life starts at conception. He supports the right to life movement and states that "Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right not to destroy it."[19]

LGBT rights

Loudermilk opposes same-sex marriage and opposes the government deciding to legalize it, believing it should be decided by states. He supports the First Amendment Defense Act.[20]

See also


  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. ^ "Senator Barry Loudermilk". Georgia State Senate. Retrieved January 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Loudermilk Resigns from Senate to Run Campaign". August 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bialik, Carl; Bycoffe, Aaron (25 September 2015). "The Hard-Line Republicans Who Pushed John Boehner Out". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2015-09-28. 
  5. ^ Hallerman, Tamar (2 March 2017). "Barry Loudermilk quietly leaves the House Freedom Caucus". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2017-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Barry Loudermilk, House GOP Candidate, Wins Endorsement From Controversial Historian David Barton". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Hensley, Nicole (5 February 2017). "Florida congressman pitches bill that would abolish the Environmental Protection Agency". New York Daily News. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Why the Equifax breach is very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever". CNBC. Retrieved 10 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Levin, Bess. "Equifax Lobbied to Gut Regulations Right Before Getting Hacked". 
  10. ^ "Equifax Inc Contributions to Federal Candidates, 2016 cycle - OpenSecrets". 
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ a b Lazarus, David (September 19, 2017). "Despite Equifax hack, GOP lawmakers want to deregulate credit agencies". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 21 December 2017. 
  14. ^ "Heritage Action Scorecard". Heritage Action for America. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f Ruch, John. "U.S. Rep. Loudermilk pitches, defends GOP tax reform plans - Reporter Newspapers". Reporter Newspapers. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  16. ^ Delaney, Arthur (27 February 2015). "Barry Loudermilk Says He Didn't Vaccinate His Children". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  17. ^ Hallerman, Tamar; Bluestein, Greg; Galloway, Jim. "When the congressional candidate is a convicted felon | Political Insider blog". AJC. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  18. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "Barry Loudermilk on Abortion". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "Barry Loudermilk on Civil Rights". On The Issues. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Phil Gingrey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 11th congressional district

January 3, 2015 – present
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Ted Lieu
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Mia Love