A former Razorback & Yale graduate is now the highest ranking Republican in the Arkansas House. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) was elected as the new minority leader on Friday. Should Republicans take the House in November, Westerman would presumably become the first GOP majority leader since Reconstruction.
Upon hearing the news on Friday, I reached out to Rep. Westerman for comment on his election & also his plans as minority leader (and potentially as majority leader).
Westerman told me:
I’m honored that my colleagues have entrusted me to be their leader. I accept it as a challenge to do a job worthy of their support and respect.
My first objective is to support our members and candidates so that we can enter the 89th General Assembly with a majority, which will help with the remaining objectives of implementing sound conservative policy that will make state government more efficient and effective for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers.
Westerman also added:
Our caucus policy committee has been working very diligently to develop a plan that promotes our goals and objectives as we prepare to govern. We have kept our Republican Senators involved in our plans, and we believe we have a policy platform that will strike a chord with conservatives across the state. We plan to unveil the plan by the end of the month.
We’ll have more details about the House caucus’ policy plans as they become available.