|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Georgia's 11th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Phil Gingrey|
|Member of the Georgia Senate|
from the 14th district
January 14, 2013 – August 27, 2013
|Preceded by||George Hooks|
|Succeeded by||Bruce Thompson|
|Member of the Georgia Senate|
from the 52nd district
January 10, 2011 – January 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Preston Smith|
|Succeeded by||Chuck Hufstetler|
|Member of the Georgia House of Representatives|
from the 14th district
January 10, 2005 – January 10, 2011
|Preceded by||Tom Knox|
|Succeeded by||Christian Coomer|
Barry Dean Loudermilk
December 22, 1963
Riverdale, Georgia, U.S.
|Residence(s)||Cartersville, Georgia, U.S.|
|Education||Community College of the Air Force (AAS) |
Wayland Baptist University (BS)
|Branch/service||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1984–1992|
Barry Dean Loudermilk // (born December 22, 1963) is an American politician from the state of Georgia. He is the U.S. representative from Georgia's 11th congressional district, serving since 2015. The district covers a large slice of Atlanta's northern suburbs, including Marietta, Acworth and Smyrna, and a sliver of Atlanta itself.
Loudermilk won the Republican nomination for the seat in a runoff on July 22, 2014, over Bob Barr, and won the general election on November 4, 2014. He was reelected to a second term on November 8, 2016.
Loudermilk was born in Riverdale, Georgia. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he worked as a Communications Operations Specialist for command, control and intelligence operations. Loudermilk served at duty stations in Texas, Hawaii and Alaska, and received numerous awards and decorations for exemplary service. He also received numerous awards and recognition for his service during the 1986 Philippine Crisis, the 1986 Air Raid on Libya, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Loudermilk left the Air Force in 1992.
Loudermilk attended the Community College of the Air Force to receive his Associate of Applied Science in 1987 before going on to receive his Bachelor of Science from Wayland Baptist University in 1992. He was a member of the Georgia State Senate for almost three years, representing the 14th district. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 until 2011. Loudermilk resigned from the state senate on August 27, 2013, to focus on his congressional bid.
Loudermilk is a native of Georgia. He entered politics in 2001, when he was elected chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party, serving until 2004. He was subsequently elected to the State House. Loudermilk was elected to the State Senate in 2010, and was sworn in in 2011. As a state senator, he served as chair of the Senate Science and Technology Committee and as Secretary to the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees. He was also a member of the Senate Transportation Committee. He holds an associate degree in telecommunications technology and a Bachelor of Science in occupational education and information systems technology.
Loudermilk is a former member of the Freedom Caucus and has been endorsed by evangelical Christian minister David Barton.
In February 2017, Loudermilk co-sponsored H.R. 861, which would eliminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by 2018.
In September 2017, the Georgia-based credit bureau Equifax revealed a data breach that affected 143 million Americans and was characterized by technology journalists as "very possibly the worst leak of personal info ever to have happened". Four months earlier, Loudermilk, who had received $2,000 in campaign contributions from Equifax as part of an extensive lobbying effort, introduced a bill that would reduce consumer protections in relation to the nation's credit bureaus, including capping potential damages in a class action suit to $500,000 regardless of class size or amount of loss. The bill would also eliminate all punitive damages. After criticism from consumer advocates, Loudermilk agreed to delay consideration of the bill "pending a full and complete investigation into the Equifax breach."
On May 19, 2022, the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack requested that Loudermilk appear for an interview about a tour he led of the United States Capitol on January 5, 2021, the day before the 2021 United States Capitol attack.
Loudermilk has an 83% score from conservative political advocacy group Heritage Action for his voting record.
Loudermilk supports reforming Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security. He wants to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare"). He compared the 2017 Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare to the American Revolutionary War and World War II.
Loudermilk did not vaccinate his children against the mumps or measles. He believes that it is up to parents, not the government, to decide whether children receive vaccines.
Loudermilk said he considers the presidency of Donald Trump a "movement" and has praised the concept of "Make America Great Again." He has credited Paul Ryan, rather than Trump, with Republican success in Congress. In 2017, Loudermilk called Ryan a "revolutionary thinker."
In December 2019, Loudermilk likened the impeachment of Trump to the crucifixion of Jesus. In a floor speech, he said, "When Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave Jesus the opportunity to face his accusers... During that sham trial, Pontius Pilate afforded more rights to Jesus than the Democrats have afforded this President in this process", a fact pattern disputed by religious scholarship and rated by PolitiFact as "false."
In December 2020, Loudermilk was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives to sign an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden defeated Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of an election held by another state.
On January 7, 2021, Loudermilk and 139 other House Republicans voted against certifying Arizona's and Pennsylvania's electoral votes, despite no evidence of widespread election fraud.
In 2016, the Club for Growth named Loudermilk a "defender of economic freedom" for his conservative voting record on the economy.
Loudermilk supports a balanced budget amendment but does not consider it "politically viable."
Loudermilk supports tax reform and voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. He called the act a "big Christmas present" for his constituents, claiming it would reduce the deficit, improve the lives of all Americans, and cause more companies to hire due to increased revenues. He said, "I could understand it if all we were doing was just giving a corporate tax break—you could make that argument. But the bulk of the tax reform is giving middle-income Americans a significant tax cut."
Loudermilk supports dismantling the IRS and establishing a flat tax system.
Loudermilk is anti-abortion and believes that life starts at conception. He supports the right to life movement and has said, "Life is the ultimate right endowed by God and it is the responsibility of governments to protect that right, not to destroy it."
Loudermilk opposes federal legalization of same-sex marriage, believing it should be decided by states. In 2015, Loudermilk condemned the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex marriage bans violated the constitution. He has supported the First Amendment Defense Act.