Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) has served Georgia’s 11th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2015. He ran for reelection in 2022 with Trump’s endorsement and won in the solidly Republican district.
Previously, Loudermilk was a member of the Georgia State Senate from 2011–13 and the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005–11. An Air Force veteran, he later owned an information technology services business.
In 2019, during Trump’s first impeachment trial over his interference with providing foreign aid to Ukraine, Loudermilk claimed that “when Jesus was falsely accused of treason, Pontius Pilate gave [him] 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.” Politifact rated this statement false, noting that Trump was given ample opportunity to present a defense before being impeached by the House.
After the 2020 presidential election, Loudermilk continued to show his unequivocal loyalty to Trump by spreading the Big Lie and voting against certifying Biden’s Electoral College win, impeaching Trump for inciting the mob, and establishing a special House committee to investigate the insurrection, among other measures.
January 6, 2021
- Just hours after pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol, Loudermilk joined 146 other congressional Republicans in refusing to certify Biden’s win of the 2020 presidential election.
- Loudermilk voted against impeaching Trump for his role in instigating the attack on Congress and the Capitol, and for fanning the flames once the riot broke out. He called the proceedings a “waste of time.”
- Loudermilk voted against establishing a House committee to investigate what led to the violent assault on the Capitol and disruption of the congressional procedure underway that day. He tweeted, “What can Pelosi’s partisan committee tell us that they haven’t? NOTHING.” He also noted that the insurrection was already under investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Justice.
- In October 2021, Loudermilk made the odd claim that Trump “didn’t have anything to do with January 6,” adding: “I think that’s a far-fetched idea.”
The Big Lie
- On Dec. 10, 2020, Loudermilk signed an amicus brief in a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the results of the presidential election in four swing states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
- In objecting to the certification of the 2020 Electoral College results, Loudermilk justified his decision by saying that he “received numerous reports of election irregularities, mismanagement of the election system, and multiple incidents of voter fraud“ from constituents in Georgia.
- A day before the certification vote, Loudermilk tweeted: “This is about the rule of law and fair elections. I do not have full confidence that the Georgia electors truly represent the voters of Georgia.”
- On Nov. 23, 2020, Loudermilk said that Georgia needed a “deep forensic audit” of the election, including the use of Dominion voting machines, which he blamed for false election tabulations.
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