Bill Gossage

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Bill Gossage
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
Incumbent
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCounty Line High School, 1975
Bachelor'sArkansas Tech University (1979)
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas (1991)
Personal
ProfessionEducator
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Gossage is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 82. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

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

2013-2014

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

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

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."

Obamacare

  • 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."

Taxes

  • 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."

Jobs

  • 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."

Life

  • 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.

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014; a runoff election will take place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election will take place 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 is unchallenged in the general election.[3][4]

2012

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

2012

Gossage won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Gossage raised a total of $55,516.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Bill Gossage's campaign in 2012
Franklin County Republican Cmte$2,000
Simmons, Harold C$2,000
Gopac$2,000
Contran Corp$2,000
House Republican Caucus$1,750
Total Raised in 2012$55,516
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013

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

Personal

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
2013–present
Succeeded by
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