Arkansas House of Representatives District 85

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Arkansas House District 85
Current incumbentDavid Whitaker Democratic Party
Ethnicity0.2% Black, 1.5% Hispanic
Voting age76.6% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas's eighty-fifth state house district is represented by Democratic Representative David Whitaker.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 29,806 civilians reside within Arkansas's eighty-fifth 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. David Whitaker defeated Maylon Rice in the May 22 Democratic primary before defeating Paul Graham (R) in the general election. Graham ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary election.[9][10]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Whitaker 56% 6,450
     Republican Paul Graham 44% 5,067
Total Votes 11,517
Arkansas House of Representatives District 85 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Whitaker 74.1% 1,264
Maylon Rice 25.9% 441
Total Votes 1,705

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Arkansas House of Representatives District 85 have raised a total of $276,953. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $23,079 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Arkansas House of Representatives District 85
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $94,149 3 $31,383
2010 $15,700 1 $15,700
2008 $82,885 3 $27,628
2006 $15,488 1 $15,488
2004 $14,068 1 $14,068
2002 $45,413 2 $22,707
2000 $9,250 1 $9,250
Total $276,953 12 $23,079

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