|Arkansas House of Representatives District 82|
|January 14, 2013-Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||County Line High School, 1975|
|Bachelor's||Arkansas Tech University, 1979|
|Master's||University of Arkansas|
Gossage earned his bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Arkansas Tech University in 1979 and his master's degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas. His professional experience includes working as an educator in various positions for 31 years.
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|
Gossage's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
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.
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.
|Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Leslee Milam Post||36.5%||3,909|
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.
|Bill Gossage's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arkansas State House, District 82||$55,516|
|Grand Total Raised||$55,516|
2012Gossage 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|
|House Republican Caucus||$1,750|
|Total Raised in 2012||$55,516|
|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. 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 and one granddaughter.
- Campaign website, Issues
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed March 5, 2014
- 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
- followthemoney.org, "Gossage, Bill," accessed August 21, 2013
- Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012"
Lori Benedict (R)
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
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