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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 12, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
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


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Advanced Communications and Information Technology
Joint Advanced Communications and Information Technology
Revenue and Taxation
Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs


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 will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Bill Gossage is unopposed in the Republican primary.[3]


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.[4][5][6]

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.[7]

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.


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.[8] Gossage received a score of 73% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 11th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


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

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