Wes Westmoreland

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Theodore G. "Wes" Westmoreland, II
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North Carolina Senate, representing District 46
In office
2012–2012
Preceded byDebbie Clary
Succeeded byWarren Daniel
Personal details
Born
Theodore Garmon Westmoreland, II

(1964-05-04) May 4, 1964 (age 54)
Shelby, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceShelby, North Carolina
EducationGardner-Webb University, Bachelor of Arts, Political science, 1988
OccupationPrinter, former state senator

Theodore Garmon "Wes" Westmoreland, II is a printer, entrepreneur, businessman and former state senator.[1][2] Westmoreland was appointed to the North Carolina Senate by Governor Beverly Perdue to fill the unexpired term of North Carolina Senator Debbie Clary in 2012.[2] He is the second great grandson of John Franklin Westmoreland, also a printer, who also served in the North Carolina Senate 26th District from 1895 through 1896.[3][4] Westmoreland is the founder and president of Westmoreland Printers, Inc. based in Shelby, North Carolina.[3] He is a founding board member of Pinnacle Classical Academy, a college preparatory charter school in Cleveland County.[5]

Career[edit]

Westmoreland completed his undergraduate degree at Gardner-Webb University in 1988.[6] He is a fifth-generation printer and founded Westmoreland Printers, Inc. in 1999.[7] Westmoreland was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce in 2004.[8]

Political career[edit]

North Carolina Senate[edit]

In 2006, Westmoreland ran for the 46th Senate District seat against incumbent Senator Walter Dalton.[8] In 2012, Westmoreland was appointed to the North Carolina Senate by Governor Beverly Perdue to serve the remainder of North Carolina Senator Debbie Clary’s two-year term for the 46th Senate District, at that time comprised Cleveland and Rutherford counties.[1][2]

Legislative service[edit]

In January 2012, Westmoreland was appointed to six standing committees including Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources, Appropriations on Natural and Economic Resources, Commerce, Finance, Judiciary II and Program Evaluation.[9] During the short session of 2012, Westmoreland was the primary sponsor of two bills passed into law, SB 805 and SB 951.[10][11] As a member of the Program Evaluation Committee, Westmoreland added a study to review the process of opening charter schools in North Carolina.

Other activities[edit]

Westmoreland is a founding board member of Pinnacle Classical Academy, a college preparatory charter school in Cleveland County, serving as board chair from 2014-2017.[5] In 2013, Westmoreland was appointed to the Rural Infrastructure Authority for the North Carolina Department of Commerce, and elected Vice-Chairman in August of 2017.[12] He also served on the board of the directors of the Printing Industries of the Carolinas from 2013-2017 and as a trustee for Cleveland Community College serving as chair for the 2017-18 academic year.[13][5]

Previously, Westmoreland served on the Board of Directors of Cleveland County Communities in Schools and the Commercial Graphics Advisory Committee of Spartanburg Technical College.[5][14] He also served as President of the Gardner-Webb University Alumni Association and was a Trustee for Gardner-Webb from 2006 through 2009.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NC Senate leader talks jobs after Shelby visit". WSOCTV. February 24, 2012. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Cacky Catlett (January 13, 2012). "NC Senator's replacement will only serve one year". WWAYTV3. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Index to Politicians". Political Graveyard. December 15, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Friedman, Corey (January 29, 2012). "'Time to go to work' - Sen. Westmoreland takes office". The Star. State and regional news.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Meet the board". Pinnacle Classical Academy. 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  6. ^ "Garnder-Webb University: The ninety-ninth annual official commencement program". Gardner-Webb University. August 5, 2006. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  7. ^ "History". Westmoreland Printers, Inc. 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Wes Westmoreland". Kings Mountain Herald. November 2, 2011. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  9. ^ "Journal of the Senate of the 2011 General Assembly of the State of North Carolina Second Session 2012" (PDF). North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Senate Bill 805". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "Senate Bill 951 / S.L. 2012-177". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  12. ^ Bryan Warner (December 5, 2013). "McCrory announces appointments to Rural Infrastructure Authority". The Voter Update. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  13. ^ "Cleveland Community College Board of Trustees". Cleveland Community College. February 6, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Senate Bill 951 / S.L. 2012-177". North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved August 21, 2015.