Deep-rooted in Arkansas, Bruce Westerman was born and raised in Garland County. He graduated from Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs before attending the University of Arkansas where he played football for the Razorbacks.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, he received his Master's degree in forestry from Yale University.
For more than 22 years, Bruce worked in engineering and forestry at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs. Developing a passion for public service, Bruce served as a board member on the Fountain Lake School District.
That dedication to public service grew, and in 2010, he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives. In 2012, he was elected by his peers as the House Minority Leader, becoming the first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction in 2013. In the Arkansas legislature, Bruce championed conservative principles: lower taxes, limited government, and strong family values.
When the 4th District Congressional seat opened up in late 2013, Bruce was encouraged to take his conservative leadership to Congress. He won single-handedly, defeating both primary and general election opponents. In Washington, Congressman Westerman currently serves on the Committee on the Budget, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is the Vice Chair of the Federal Lands Subcommittee.
Bruce continues to call Hot Springs home. He has been married to Sharon Westerman for 26 years and they have four children. They are members of Walnut Valley Baptist Church where Bruce is a deacon and teaches Sunday school. Besides spending time serving his family and the people of the 4th district of Arkansas, Bruce loves spending time hunting and fishing, especially on Lake Ouachita.