Bart Hester

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Bart Hester
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Arkansas State Senate District 1
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas, Sam Walton College of Business, 2001
ProfessionReal Estate
Office website
Bart Hester is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


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.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Heser's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • 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."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Bart believes that decisions should be made by parents and teachers at the local level and not by bureaucrats in Little Rock."
  • Healthcare
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.[2][3][4][5]

Arkansas State Senate District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBart Hester 53.8% 4,506
Tim Summers 46.2% 3,869
Total Votes 8,375

Campaign donors

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.[6]

Bart Hester's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 1 Won $159,144
Grand Total Raised $159,144


Hester won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hester raised a total of $159,144.


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.[7] 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.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Johnny Key (R)
Arkansas State Senate District
Succeeded by