|Arkansas State Senate District 1|
|January 14, 2013-Present|
|January 10, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Bachelor's||University of Arkansas, Sam Walton College of Business, 2001|
Hester earned his bachelor's degree in Business Management from the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in 2001. His professional experience includes working in real estate in northwestern Arkansas.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Hester served on the following committees:
|Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Children and Youth, Vice Chair|
|• Legislative Council|
|• Joint Budget|
|• Revenue and Taxation|
|• City, County and Local Affairs|
|• Game and Fish Commission Oversight|
|• Rules, Resolutions and Memorials|
Heser's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Jobs and the Economy
- Excerpt: "As a small business owner, Bart understands what it's like to build a business and create jobs. He will work to encourage job creation, entrepreneurship and investment in Arkansas by supporting lower taxes and a reduced regulatory burden."
- Taxes and Government Spending
- Excerpt: "As your State Senator, he will focus on freeing families and businesses from excessive taxation, government spending, and regulation, so that we can continue to make Arkansas a great place to live, work, and build a business. Bart has signed the No Tax Pledge and will not raise your taxes."
- Excerpt: "Bart believes that decisions should be made by parents and teachers at the local level and not by bureaucrats in Little Rock."
- Excerpt: "Bart opposes the federal takeover of healthcare and will fight against the implementation of 'Obamacare' in Arkansas."
- Protecting the Unborn
- Excerpt: "Bart believes that life begins at conception and is strongly pro-life."
- 2nd Amendment
- Excerpt: "As a gun owner and hunter, Bart is a strong supporter of the 2nd amendment. He is a member of the National Rifle Association."
Hester ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 1. Hester defeated state representative Tim Summers in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arkansas State Senate District 1 Republican Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Hester is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hester raised a total of $159,144 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 5, 2013.
|Bart Hester's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arkansas State Senate, District 1||$159,144|
|Grand Total Raised||$159,144|
2012Hester won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hester raised a total of $159,144.
|Arkansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Bart Hester's campaign in 2012|
|Crossland Heavy Contractors||$4,000|
|Arkansas Realtors Association||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$159,144|
|Source:Follow the Money|
Arkansas Freedom Scorecard
The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute. Hester received a score of 78% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 1st out of 35 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.
Hester and his wife, Ashley, have three children.
- Campaign website, Issues
- Arkansas Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 7, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Arkansas State Primary Election, May 22, 2012 ," accessed July 11, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Hester, Bart," accessed August 5, 2013
- Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012"
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