Lynn Westmoreland was born and raised in Atlanta where he attended Cascade Elementary and Therrell High School. He grew up during the 1950s in a middle-class home with his younger sister. His father was a firefighter and his mother a homemaker. The untimely deaths of his parents put Westmoreland on a fast track through adulthood, as he felt the pressure to take care of himself and his sister.
From humble beginnings, Westmoreland started L.A.W. Builders in 1982. Ten years later, he was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives, where he served 12 years. Then, in 2004, he was elected to the 109th U.S. Congress where he served 12 years in the House of Representatives. Westmoreland has also been a corporate political consultant, a mediator for a major automotive company and has contributed his building expertise in both insurance fraud and civil cases.
A MAN OF THE HOUSE After his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, he was re-elected to five more terms.
During my 12 years in Congress, I served on the House Financial Services Committee, Small Business Committee, Steering Committee, Transportation Committee and I served as the Deputy Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
MORE WORK TO BE DONE Once Westmoreland concluded his service in the House in 2016, he continued to influence change in the political arena.
After leaving Congress, I remained active in political consulting for companies and major organizations in various industries including environmental, technology and healthcare. Then in 2018 I was elected to represent west central Georgia’s Third Congressional District (CD 3) on the State Transportation Board.
TRANSPORTATION FORESHADOWED Westmoreland’s role in the House prepared him well for his role on the State Transportation Board.
The time I spent on the Transportation Committee in Congress gave me the opportunity to see the different aspects of the transportation industry, including its many complexities. I enjoy creating solutions, so I signed up for the challenge. Being on the House Transportation Committee afforded me the necessary insight to effectively collaborate with my fellow Board members and be an asset to the State Transportation Board.
Swearing in as a member of the State Transportation Board
NATURE’S PEACE Westmoreland is a self-proclaimed nature lover. Whenever he needs to recharge or simply relax, he partakes in outdoor activities.
I recharge best doing anything outside. I especially love being at any white sand beach! I enjoy working on the farm, hunting, fishing and trying to play golf. I also love to travel. While serving in Congress, I was blessed to travel to 22 countries including Afghanistan and Iraq. My favorite city is Prague. My wife Joan and I just returned from a 10-day Alaskan cruise. We loved it!
With grandson William on a fishing adventure
Attending the State Transportation Board monthly meeting
LIVING LIFE TO THE FULLEST Those who know him revere Westmoreland as a family man with a strong spiritual foundation. He has lived a great life and is optimistic about the future. Even with all he has accomplished, he’s still taking on new opportunities – like his newly appointed role as the chairman of the Advisory Board for Conservatives for Clean Energy Georgia (CCEGA).
I live a blessed life. God has been so good to Joan and me. We have been married for 50 years. We have three wonderful children and eight spoiled grandchildren. We hope to one day retire to the beach or mountains – preferably both!
LESSONS ALONG THE WAY Now more than ever before Westmoreland appreciates the fortune he has experienced. He attributes his accomplishments to his loving parents.
My daddy taught me about hard work and sacrifice. He always worked two jobs – sometimes three – and he never complained. My mama taught me to care for others. She never had much, but she always gave to others in need. Joan’s dad, my father-in-law, taught me how to have fun.
BALANCE IS KEY Westmoreland believes in a balanced life of pursuing education while being present to create phenomenal life experiences.
My life advice to anyone is find something you enjoy that can provide for your family. Get all the education you need to accomplish that. Though I attended Georgia State University, I did not receive a degree. I was an unusual, lucky case to be able to start my own company, but that is not everyone’s story. Be serious about getting a college education. However, also remember some folks get more education than they have the capacity to handle, bypassing their opportunity to enjoy life.