Darrin Williams

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Darrin Williams
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 36
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Speaker of the House
2012
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Education
Bachelor'sHendrix College
Master'sGeorgetown University Law Center
J.D.Vanderbilt University School of Law
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionChurch of Christ
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Darrin Williams is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. He served as Speaker of the House from March 2012 to December 2012. Williams did not seek re-election in 2014.

Biography

Williams professional experience includes serving as Chief Deputy Attorney General/Chief of Staff for Attorney General Mark Pryor, General Counsel of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and Administrative Aide to United States Senator David Pryor.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Budget
Code Revision Commission
Judiciary
Insurance and Commerce
Rules
Management

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Williams served on these committees:

Issues

Williams's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1181 - "TO MANDATE THE PARTICIPATION IN THE ARKANSAS PUBLIC EMPLOYEES' RETIREMENT SYSTEM BY MUNICIPALITIES WITH MORE THAN 100,000 IN POPULATION."
  • HB 2135 - "THE ARKANSAS CAMPUS SECURITY ENHANCEMENT ACT."
  • HB 2203 - "TO CREATE THE REFUND ANTICIPATION LOAN ACT."

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

Campaign themes

2012

Williams' website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Prison Reform
Excerpt: "For some time now, Arkansas has been heading down a dangerous and unsustainable path in regards to our prison system. With an increasing number of prisoners being housed, costs for operating the facilities have been skyrocketing."
  • Tax Cuts
Excerpt: "Another major success that came out of this session was a further reduction in the state sales tax on groceries. Governor Beebe has long been an advocate for reducing this regressive tax that affects low-income families across the state."
  • Highway Improvements
Excerpt: "Arkansas’ Speaker of the House was a strong advocate this session for improving the state’s crumbling highway system. Having strong infrastructure is vitally important to creating jobs and attracting new industry."
  • Congressional Redistricting
Excerpt: "As happens every decade in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, state lawmakers took up the daunting task of redrawing Arkansas’ Congressional districts to better reflect the state’s shifting population based on the 2010 Census. Lawmakers waited until other legislation had been finalized before taking up this controversial topic."

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Williams ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives District 36. Williams ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the November 6, 2012 general election as well.[1][2][3]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Williams won re-election to the 36th District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.[4]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Williams won election to the 36th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[5]

Williams raised $80,923 for his campaign.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Williams is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Williams raised a total of $192,962 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[7]

Darrin Williams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 36 Won $67,612
2010 Arkansas State House, District 36 Won $44,427
2008 Arkansas State House, District 36 Won $80,923
Grand Total Raised $192,962

2012

Williams won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $67,612.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Darrin Williams's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Healthcare Association$3,000
Wal-Mart$3,000
Stephens Group$2,218
Copart$2,000
Mcentee, Gerald W$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$67,612
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Williams won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $44,427.

2008

Williams won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Williams raised a total of $80,923.

Scorecards

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2013

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.

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

Williams and his wife, Nicole Sippial, have two children.

He is a founding Board Member of 100 Black Men of Greater Little Rock, volunteer with the Arkansas Commitment Program, Board Chairman/Founding Board Member of the Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy, and Board Member of the Little Rock Central High Visitor's Center and Museum Board.[9]

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Williams one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.[10]

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Arkansas House District 36
2009–present
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