LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Republican House Caucus today elected Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) as Republican Leader of the Arkansas House of Representatives. Westerman will lead House Republicans through the 2012 election and the 89th Arkansas General Assembly.
“I am honored by the opportunity afforded to me by colleagues to lead our caucus and fight for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers by presenting common sense conservative solutions that reflect the values of our citizens,” Westerman said. “In the days ahead, House Republicans will present an agenda to the people of Arkansas that will bring greater transparency and reforms to state government, make our state more attractive to private sector employers, address the impending $400 million Medicaid shortfall, establish educational excellence and protect Arkansas’s future.”
Republicans also elected Rep. Lane Jean (R-Magnolia) as Republican Whip and Rep. Jeremy Gillam (R-Judsonia) as Caucus Secretary.
“Rep. Jean is a long-time public servant whose experience as a former mayor makes him a strong member of the House,” Westerman said. “His ability to quickly grasp the issues, organize and deliver solutions will be a major asset to our caucus as we work to pass common sense conservative legislation.
“Rep. Gillam is known for his work across party lines to craft solutions that benefit his constituents,” Westerman added. “He has the respect of members of both parties, and his perspective will greatly help us as we craft solutions to benefit Arkansans.”
Rounding out caucus leadership are the following committee chairmen appointed by Westerman:
- Policy Committee Chairman Mark Biviano (R-Searcy)
- Finance Committee Chairman Kelley Linck (R-Flippin)
- Campaign Committee Chairman John Burris (R-Harrison)
- Rules Committee Chairman Ann Clemmer (R-Benton)
“Rep. Biviano’s professionalism and business experience has been an asset to our policy committee and to the hardworking taxpayers he represents,” Westerman said. “Rep. Linck will continue his excellent work of ensuring we have the resources needed to establish a new conservative majority in the House.
“Rep. Burris has done a remarkable job recruiting a record number of high-quality candidates that we look forward to welcoming to the majority in 2013, and Rep. Clemmer’s experience as an educator and rock-solid conservative legislator will help our caucus put forward a common sense agenda Arkansans will support in November,” Westerman added.
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