Bill Sample

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Bill Sample
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Arkansas State Senate District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
2005-2011
Personal
Date of birthApril 16, 1946
ProfessionOwner, Termite/Pest Control Company
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bill Sample (b. April 16, 1946) is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Sample served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the District 30 from 2005 to 2011.

Biography

Sample's professional experience includes working as the Owner of a termite/pest control company, and as Vice President and Regional Director for the Arkansas Pest Management Association.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Revenue and Taxation
Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs, Chair
Efficiency
Public Retirement and Social Security Programs
Joint Budget
Legislative Council, Chair
Legislative Joint Auditing

2013-2014

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

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sample served on these committees:

Issues

Sample's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1039 - "AN ACT CONCERNING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION."
  • HB 1153 - "TO ALLOW CONFISCATED GOODS TO BE SOLD OVER THE INTERNET FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE CITY'S POLICEMEN'S PENSION AND RELIEF FUND."
  • HB 2109 - "TO PROVIDE INCENTIVES TO PROMOTE THE GENERATION OF ELECTRICITY FROM BIOMASS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION AGRICULTURAL WASTE, WOOD WASTE, POULTRY WASTE, AND OTHER ANIMAL WASTE."

For a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place 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 Sample defeated Jerry Neal in the Republican primary and defeated George Pritchett (I) in the general election.[2][3]

Arkansas State Senate, District 14 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sample Incumbent 71.2% 20,547
     Independent George Pritchett 28.8% 8,299
Total Votes 28,846

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Sample ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 14. Sample ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

2010

Sample was ineligible to run for re-election in 2010 due to the term limits of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He instead won election to District 19 of the Arkansas State Senate. He defeated Democrat Gene Shelby in the November 2 general election.[7]

Arkansas State Senate, District 19 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Bill Sample (R) 14,071
Gene Shelby (D) 10,550

2008

On November 4, 2008, Sample won re-election to the 30th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[8]

Sample raised $13,150 for his campaign.[9]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sample is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Sample raised a total of $309,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[10]

Bill Sample's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 14 Won $67,250
2010 Arkansas State Senate, District 19 Won $103,139
2008 Arkansas State House, District 30 Won $13,150
2006 Arkansas State House, District 30 Won $34,830
2004 Arkansas State House, District 30 Won $91,100
Grand Total Raised $309,469

2012

Sample won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sample raised a total of $67,250.

2010

Sample won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Sample raised a total of $103,139.

2008

Sample won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Sample raised a total of $13,150.

2006

Sample won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Sample raised a total of $34,830.

2004

Sample won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Sample raised a total of $91,100.

Scorecards

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

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[11]

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.

2011

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.

Personal

Sample and his wife, Betty Ann, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Bookout (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 14
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Terry Smith
Arkansas State Senate District 19
2011–2013
Succeeded by
David Wyatt (D)
Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 30
2005–2011
Succeeded by
Bruce Westerman