David J. Sanders

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David J. Sanders
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Arkansas State Senate District 15
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 13, 2019
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 6, 2018
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives District 31
Bachelor'sOuachita Baptist University (1997)
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Office website
David J. Sanders is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 15. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Sanders served in the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the District 31 from 2011 to 2013.


Sanders earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science/Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University in 1997. His professional experience includes working as a columnist for Stephens Media, policy and communications aide for the office of the governor of the State of Arkansas, communications director for Fay Boozman for United States Senate, Arkansas Healthcare Services, Johnson Controls, Incorporated, as creator/producer/host of "Unconventional Wisdom" for the Arkansas Educational Television Network, a columnist for Associated Baptist Press, and director of development for the Arkansas Baptist School System from 2006 to 2010.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development
Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Joint Performance Review
Joint Budget
Legislative Council
Legislative Joint Auditing


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


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


Campaign themes


Sanders' campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Taxes
Excerpt: "I’m the only candidate in the race who has committed to not raise taxes, and the only candidate in the race who has signed the “No New Taxes Pledge”"
  • State Government Taking and Spending Too Much
Excerpt: "We need more pro-growth policies that will make Arkansas the most appealing place in the region for capital investment. But don’t look for anything like that out of this government. Instead the prevailing mentality is tax more, spend more and grow state government. We need a change and that’s what I intend to do."
  • Life
Excerpt: "On Life, I’ll not compromise. I’m the Pro-Life candidate in the race. The protection of the unborn is the preeminent issue of our time. Life begins at conception and, we know, that abortion destroys life."



See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate 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 David J. Sanders was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Sanders ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 15. Sanders defeated state representative Ed Garner in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Johnny Hoyt (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6]

Arkansas State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Sanders 54.7% 17,759
     Democratic Johnny Hoyt 45.3% 14,700
Total Votes 32,459
Arkansas State Senate District 15 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Sanders 52.4% 2,413
Ed Garner 47.6% 2,196
Total Votes 4,609


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sanders defeated John Parke in the May 18 primary. He then defeated Debbie Murphy in the November 2 general election.[7][8]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 31 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David J. Sanders (R) 9,729
Debbie Murphy (D) 5,825
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 31 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David J. Sanders (R) 2,537
John Parke (R) 2,060

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Sanders is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Sanders raised a total of $250,001 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[9]

David J. Sanders's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 15 Won $169,494
2010 Arkansas State House, District 31 Won $80,507
Grand Total Raised $250,001


Sanders won election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Sanders raised a total of $169,494.


Sanders won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Sanders raised a total of $80,507.



Sanders was endorsed by the current incumbent of most of the district, Jason Rapert, in his primary battle.[10]


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

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Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.===2013=== In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[11]

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Sanders and his wife, Rebecca, have five children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Burnett (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 15
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Daniel Greenberg
Arkansas House District 31
Succeeded by
Andy Davis (R)