Via Cartersville Patch

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congress Saturday at the 11th District Republican Convention in Marietta.

“Washington has lost it’s way—taxes, regulations and deficits are out of control—but I believe that we can set this nation back on course,” Loudermilk said in a statement. “Most of you know me because we have served in the trenches together. Before I was elected to the State House and then Senate, I was Bartow County GOP Chairman.

“I’ve labored alongside so many of you as a grassroots worker—putting out the signs, licking envelopes and doing the hard work that has made us successful. If we felt our party went astray, we did not abandon it; we worked harder to get it back on track. We were—and are—in this together.”

Loudermilk’s Biography

State Sen. Barry Loudermilk is a Constitutional Conservative, currently serving in the Georgia State Senate.

Loudermilk serves as Chair to the Senate Science and Technology Committee and as Secretary to the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security and Public Safety Committees. He is also a member of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Loudermilk first entered elected public service in 2001, serving as chairman to the Bartow County Republican Party until 2004. He was then elected to the State House, where he served from 2004-2010. Barry was elected to the State Senate in 2010. Some of his recognitions as a legislator include, Georgia Wing Legislator of the Year and National Legislator of the Year by the Civil Air Patrol (2006 and 2012), Legislator of the Year by Advocates for Children (2007), “50 Most Influential Georgians” by James Magazine (2008), Sanctity of Life Award by the Bartow Republican Women’s Club (2010), Legislator of the Year by Technology Association of Georgia (2011), American Conservative Union “Defender of Liberty” Award (2012).

Barry is a native of Georgia. He holds an Associate degree in Telecommunications Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education and Information Systems Technology. Sen. Loudermilk proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years.

Loudermilk is a member of the NRA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the American Legion. He is a Lt. Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol, active in the Rome Composite Squadron and Commander of the Georgia Legislative Squadron.

He is a small business owner and a motivational speaker on American history, the Constitution, and our nation’s Christian heritage, and is on the Board of Directors for Barley Loaf Ministries and Firm Reliance. Barry recently published a book called “And Then They Prayed” featuring stories from America’ history. Barry and his wife Desiree have been married for 30 years. They reside in Cassville, Georgia, and have three grown children.