David Whitaker

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David Whitaker
David Whitaker.jpg
Arkansas House of Representatives District 85
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
High schoolGranby High School, 1979
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mary Washington, 1992
J.D.University of Arkansas, 1999
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service1983-1989
Office website
Campaign website
David Whitaker is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 85. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


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.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development
Joint Performance Review


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


Campaign themes


Whitaker's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

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."

Note: Whitaker's campaign themes did not change from 2012.



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 David Whitaker was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


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.[4][5][6]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 85, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Whitaker 56% 6,450
     Republican Paul Graham 44% 5,067
Total Votes 11,517
Arkansas House of Representatives District 85 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Whitaker 74.1% 1,264
Maylon Rice 25.9% 441
Total Votes 1,705

Campaign donors

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.[7]

David Whitaker's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 85 Won $43,978
Grand Total Raised $43,978


Whitaker won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Whitaker raised a total of $43,978.


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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.
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Whitaker has a wife, Lisa, and two stepchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Burris (R)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 85
Succeeded by