Congressman Barry Loudermilk, who describes himself as a “Constitutional Conservative,” represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, which includes all of Bartow and Cherokee counties as well as portions of Cobb and Fulton counties.
In the 115th Congress, U.S. Rep. Loudermilk serves as a member of three important U.S. House Committees: Financial Services, House Administration, and Space, Science and Technology. Barry also serves on the steering committee for the Republican Study Committee (RSC), conservative caucus of the House Republicans.
Before being elected to Congress in 2014, Barry Loudermilk was a small business owner for over 20 years. He also served in the Georgia State House and Senate for over 9 years.
A native of Georgia, U.S. Representative Loudermilk holds an Associate Degree in Telecommunications Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.
Congressman Loudermilk is the former owner of an Information Technology services business, and is an author, historian, and motivational speaker.
Barry and his wife Desiree have been married since 1983. They reside in northwest Georgia, and have three grown children and two grandchildren.
Congressman Loudermilk's Scoring
Congressman Barry Loudermilk communicates himself as a staunch Christian constitutional conservative, and yet his conservative base in his district has not always been pleased with his decisions. Shortly after first being elected to Congress, he disappointed many of his supporters by voting in favor of John Boehner as U.S. Speaker of the House, as many constitutional conservatives considered Boehner a “moderate” tax and spend statist lacking the courage to boldly lead the Republican Congress in a principled and long-term healthy direction for our country. Loudermilk made further disappointments early on by reneging on a pledge to Georgia Right to Life, a pledge that was that organization’s basis for endorsing him in the 2014 election. The dispute caused a splinter in the pro-life community. Later he dropped out of the Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, most conservative rating organizations from Americans for Prosperity to Club for Growth, to the NRA, to the American Family Association have given Congressman Loudermilk consistently high scores. Even those that do not typically rate him above average.
The New American magazine has rated Loudermilk around 70 percent, compared to leading constitutionalists such as U.S. Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee who score typically in the 90th percentile. The same magazine scores Loudermilk’s fellow Georgian Republican Congressman Jody Hice, who has remained a part of the Freedom Caucus, usually between 80 and 90 percent.
The Heritage Foundation presently scores Loudermilk at 87 percent. He supported President Donald Trump’s tax cut, but has been reluctant on aspects of his effort to build a border wall. On spending, he has sometimes been willing to approve federal budgets that would increase the deficit, although he voted against the deficit budget Congress voted on near the end of the first 2018 business quarter.
Congressman Loudermilk’s proponents argue that he meets his lofty conservative ideals with the practical ability to get things accomplished, similar to President Ronald Reagan. His conservative critics point out that Reagan was forced to work with a Democrat-controlled Congress in his day, and Congressman Loudermilk has served in a Republican-controlled Congress, so compromise of one’s ideals should not be so necessary, and conceding ground should not begin before one reaches the bargaining table.
In spite of these concerns, when Congressman Loudermilk stood for his first re-election, no candidate was able to win enough support to best him in the Republican primary. In his second re-election, no Republican opposed him in the primary.