Arkansas House of Representatives District 50

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Arkansas House District 50
Current incumbentFred Smith Green Party
Ethnicity6.5% Black, 3.9% Hispanic
Voting age78% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas's fiftith state house district is represented by Green Party Representative Fred Smith.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 32,318 civilians reside within Arkansas's fiftieth house district.[1] Arkansas state representatives represent an average of 29,159 residents.[2] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 26,734 residents.[3]

About the office

Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives serve two-year terms with term limits. Representatives may not serve more than three two-year terms.[4] Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session: the second Monday of January.


Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.[5]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas representatives are subject to term limits of no more than three two-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[4]


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the house, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay.[6] For all special elections in the house, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election.[7]

All special elections must be held on the Second Tuesday of each month. The only other dates an election can be held if the second Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday or is in June during an even-numbered year.[8]



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 22, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012.[9][10]

Fred Smith won election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House, District 50. Smith would have faced District 54 incumbent Hudson Hallum in the May 22 Democratic primary but was removed from the Democratic primary ballot in April 2012.[11][12][13] However, Smith got on the ballot as a Green Party candidate.[14]

Smith won the general election without opposition. Smith was set to face Hallum, who withdrew from the race and resigned his seat on September 5, 2012 after pleading guilty to election fraud.[15] Hallum remained on the general election ballot, but an Election Day court order rendered him ineligible with no votes to be counted for him, leaving Smith effectively unopposed.[16] [17]

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Arkansas House of Representatives District 50 have raised a total of $320,949. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $24,688 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas House of Representatives District 50
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $27,101 2 $13,551
2010 $47,527 2 $23,764
2008 $92,740 3 $30,913
2006 $11,950 1 $11,950
2004 $7,250 1 $7,250
2002 $32,729 1 $32,729
2000 $101,652 3 $33,884
Total $320,949 13 $24,688

See also

External links


  1. Public Mapping Project, “Arkansas 2010 Census Statistics,” October 17, 2013
  2. United States Census 2010, "Population in 2010 of the American states," November 22, 2013
  3. 'United States Census 2010, "Population in 2000 of the American states," November 27, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arkansas State Constitution, pg. 16, accessed December 16, 2013
  5., "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013
  6. Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 10-2-118 and 10-2-119)
  7. Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 10-2-120(a)(1))
  8. Arkansas Legislature "Arkansas Code," accessed December 16, 2013(Referenced Statutes, 7-11-105 1 (a)-(c))
  9. Arkansas Secretary of State, “2012 General Election,” October 21, 2013
  10. Arkansas Secretary of State, “2012 General Primary,” October 21, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named filing
  12. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  14. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed July 3, 2012
  15. The City Wire, "Arkansas legislator guilty of election fraud," September 5, 2012
  16. WREG, "Candidate Wins After Late Court Ruling," November 7, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012
  17. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012