|Arkansas House of Representatives District 85|
|January 14, 2013-Present|
|January 12, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Granby High School, 1979|
|Bachelor's||University of Mary Washington, 1992|
|J.D.||University of Arkansas, 1999|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1983-1989|
Whitaker earned his B.A. from the University of Mary Washington in 1992 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1999. His professional experience includes working an attorney. Whitaker served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant from 1983 to 1989.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Whitaker served on the following committees:
|Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Public Transportation|
|• City, County and Local Affairs|
|• Advanced Communications and Information Technology, Alternate|
|• Joint Advanced Communications and Information Technology, Alternate|
Whitaker's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Good Schools
- Excerpt: "Northwest Arkansas has always been a good jobs magnet, but we need to do more to attract businesses to our area and providing the very best education for our children is the first step in making sure that quality jobs await them upon graduation."
- Good Jobs
- Excerpt: "David will stand strong with small businesses and workers and will always fight to bring new jobs to District 85."
- Good Government
- Excerpt: "Good government has the traditional meaning of transparency and efficiency, as well as an emphasis on reducing the amount of waste in spending taxpayer dollars."
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. Incumbent David Whitaker is unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Whitaker ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 85. Whitaker defeated Maylon Rice in the May 22 Democratic primary and defeated Paul Graham (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|Arkansas House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012|
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 85 Democratic Primary, 2012|
Comprehensive donor information for Whitaker is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Whitaker raised a total of $43,978 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.
|David Whitaker's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Arkansas State House, District 85||$43,978|
|Grand Total Raised||$43,978|
2012Whitaker won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitaker raised a total of $43,978.
|Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to David Whitaker's campaign in 2012|
|Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association||$4,000|
|Arkansas Democratic Party||$2,500|
|Whitaker, David J||$1,278|
|Arkansas Bar Association||$1,250|
|Total Raised in 2012||$43,978|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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. Whitaker received a score of 52% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 76th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.
Whitaker has a wife, Lisa, and two stepchildren.
- Office website
- Campaign website
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- YouTube Channel
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- Campaign website, Where We Stand
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed March 5, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State "Election Results 2012" Accessed November 7, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Arkansas State Primary Election, May 22, 2012," accessed July 11, 2012
- followthemoney.org, "Whitaker, David," accessed August 21, 2013
- Advance Arkansas Institute, "Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard 2012"
John Burris (R)
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 85
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