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Bob Ballinger

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Bob Ballinger
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 97
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$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sNortheastern State University
J.D.University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Bob Ballinger is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 97. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Ballinger earned his B.A. in Social Studies from Northeastern State University and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in 2004. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Performance Review
Judiciary
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development
Joint Energy, Alternate

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Ballinger's campaign website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Life

  • Excerpt: "Bob is a strong pro-life, pro-family candidate. He has worked with state leaders to ensure that the sanctity of life is respected, protected, and upheld."

Jobs

  • Excerpt: "The people of Arkansas are resourceful and hardworking, and possess a creative and entrepreneurial spirit. With the natural advantages of our great state, we have all the resources to lead the nation in job creation."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Having taught in public schools, no one knows better than Bob that opportunities for a quality education are crucial if our children and, in return, our state, is to have a successful future, and if our republic will be preserved."

Spending

  • Excerpt: "We've watched in disbelief as Washington politicians have driven the Federal debt to historic levels. Compared to Washington politicians, Arkansas has demonstrated some restraint in government spending, but the fact remains we can do more."

Farms

  • Excerpt: "Bob understands that the best stewards of the land are farmers and ranchers who depend on it for their livelihood -- in some cases, for generations. These are the people who understand what it means to protect the land's viability and who understand its importance to our Arkansas heritage and our economic stability and strength."

Note: Ballinger'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 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. Sonny Carter is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Bob Ballinger is unopposed in the Republican primary.[2]

2012

Ballinger ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 97. Ballinger defeated Jeremy Miller in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Robert Berry (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 97, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ballinger 56.2% 6,706
     Democratic Robert "Butch" Berry 43.8% 5,226
Total Votes 11,932
Arkansas House of Representatives District 97 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Ballinger 52.4% 1,362
Jeremy Miller 47.6% 1,238
Total Votes 2,600

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ballinger is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ballinger raised a total of $36,760 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[6]

Bob Ballinger's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 97 Won $36,760
Grand Total Raised $36,760

2012

Ballinger won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Ballinger raised a total of $36,760.

Scorecards

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.[7] Ballinger received a score of 77% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 5th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Ballinger and his wife, Jessica, have six children.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Barnett (R)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 97
2013–present
Succeeded by
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