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|Arkansas House of Representatives District 85|
|January 14, 2013-Present|
|January 8, 2017|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|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.
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:
|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 highlighted the following campaign themes:
- 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."
- Excerpt: "David will stand strong with small businesses and workers and will always fight to bring new jobs to District 85."
- 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.
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.
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|
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Whitaker has a wife, Lisa, and two stepchildren.
- Arkansas House of Representatives
- House Committees
- Arkansas State Legislature
- Arkansas state legislative districts
- Office website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Facebook page
- Twitter feed
- YouTube Channel
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- whitakerfor85.com, "Where We Stand," accessed April 9, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Candidate Information," accessed March 5, 2014
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official primary election results," accessed June 26, 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
- StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
John Burris (R)
|Arkansas House of Representatives District 85
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