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Charlene Fite

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Charlene Fite
Charlene Fite.jpg
Arkansas House of Representatives District 80
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Tennessee
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas
Office website
Charlene Fite is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 80. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Fite earned her B.S. from the University of Tennessee and her M.S. in Education from the University of Arkansas.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs
Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Joint Performance Review, Vice-chair


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



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary 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 Charlene Fite was unopposed in the Republican primary and defeated Taylor Watkins (L) in the general election.[2][3]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlene Fite Incumbent 78.2% 6,615
     Libertarian Taylor Watkins 21.8% 1,845
Total Votes 8,460


Fite ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80. Fite defeated Terry Bibbs in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Jack Norton (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 80, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharlene Fite 57.4% 6,173
     Democratic Jack Norton 42.6% 4,575
Total Votes 10,748
Arkansas House of Representatives District 80 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCharlene Fite 54.2% 1,106
Terry Bibbs 45.8% 936
Total Votes 2,042

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fite is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Fite raised a total of $31,066 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[7]

Charlene Fite's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 80 Won $31,066
Grand Total Raised $31,066


Fite won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Fite raised a total of $31,066.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Charlene Fite's campaign in 2012
Fite, Thomas L$6,370
House Republican Caucus$2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$2,000
Arkansas Realtors Association$1,000
Washington County Republican Cmte$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$31,066
Source:Follow the Money


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

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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[8]

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.


Fite has five children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Linda Collins-Smith (R)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 80
Succeeded by