U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman (R) has won the U.S. House of Representatives race for the 4th District of Arkansas.
Westerman defeated Democratic opponent William Hanson and Libertarian opponent Frank Gilbert. Westerman had no Republican challenger in the primary.
Westerman has been projected to win in the 4th district since early October.
If reelected, Westerman says that he will continue to advocate for a “conservative, free market approach to solving problems,” and not the “big government approach” he said his opponent Hanson favors.
On Oct. 24, Westerman stated “I certainly don’t mean to disparage my opponent. He seems like a nice guy and I think he believes in the things he’s pushing, but I just don’t believe that [his philosophy] aligns with what the voters in the 4th District expect.”
The 4th Congressional District has gone Republican the past four congressional elections. It was previously held by Democrat Mike Ross from 2001-2013.
Westerman was first elected to his House seat in 2014. On May 20th, 2014, Westerman won the Republican congressional primary, defeating Tommy Moll 54 to 46 percent. That November, he defeated Democratic nominee James Lee Witt, a former associate of U.S. President Bill Clinton 54 to 43 percent.
Westerman is the only certified forester in the House, and on June 20, 2017, he introduced H.R.2936 – Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017, which provided for the culling of overgrown federally managed woods.