Bill Gossage

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Bill Gossage
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCounty Line High School, 1975
Bachelor'sArkansas Tech University (1979)
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas (1991)
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Gossage is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 82. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Gossage earned his B.S. in History and Political Science from Arkansas Tech University in 1979 and his M.S. in Counseling from the University of Arkansas in 1991. His professional experience includes working as an educator in various positions for 31 years.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Gossage served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Insurance and Commerce
Management, Chair


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gossage served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Gossage's campaign website listed the following issues:[2]

Second Amendment Rights

  • Excerpt: "The right to keep and bear arms is designed to safeguard freedom so that no government can take away from you the rights which God has given you. Our Constitution is a sacred contract with the people that provides a means for us to keep ourselves safe and free."


  • Excerpt: "We have had such great healthcare in America because the markets have been successful in providing us with the best healthcare in the world."


  • Excerpt: "Taxation in Arkansas controls the size of government because we are required to always have a balanced budget. If tax revenues decrease, so does state government. I support lowering of the income tax rates so that working Arkansans can take more money home to spend or save as they choose."


  • Excerpt: "Arkansas has the potential to become a leader in economic growth. Our state has not had the reputation as a business friendly state and that has to change. Our citizens have a great work ethic, we have an improving education system, and we have great natural resources."


  • Excerpt: "For those of us in the pro-life movement, the right to life is a foundational issue guaranteed in our Constitution. The concept of inalienable rights was that what God had given man, the government could not take away."

Note: Gossage's campaign themes did not change from 2012.



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Bill Gossage was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]


Gossage ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82. Gossage ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Leslee Milam Post (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Gossage 63.5% 6,804
     Democratic Leslee Milam Post 36.5% 3,909
Total Votes 10,713

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gossage is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Gossage raised a total of $55,516 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[8]

Bill Gossage's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 82 Won $55,516
Grand Total Raised $55,516


Gossage won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gossage raised a total of $55,516.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.


Gossage and his wife, Tonya, have one son.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lori Benedict (R)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
Succeeded by