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Debra Hobbs

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Debra Hobbs
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Date of primaryMay 20, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Arkansas House of Representatives District 94
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of the Ozarks, 1977
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas, 1987
Personal
BirthdayJuly 8, 1955
Place of birthHershing, Austria
ProfessionSmall Business Owner
ReligionProtestant-Nazarene
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Debra M. Hobbs (b. July 8, 1955) is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 94. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Hobbs is running for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas in the 2014 elections, having announced her candidacy on February 12, 2014.[1] She had originally planned to seek the governorship in 2014, but switched races after the resignation of former Lt. Gov Mark Darr left the seat open.[2]

Hobbs formerly served on the Benton County Quorum Court.

Biography

Hobbs earned her B.S. in Science Composite from the University of the Ozarks in 1977 and her M.S. in Counseling Education from the University of Arkansas in 1987. Her professional experience includes working as a former school counselor/teacher and as small business owner.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Council
Joint Performance Review
Education
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Hobbs's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1055 - "TO ALLOW A CHURCH OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION TO PURCHASE TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY AND SERVICES EXEMPT FROM SALES AND USE TAX WHEN THE CHURCH OR CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDING A COMMUNITY SERVICE TO THE PUBLIC."
  • HB 1056 - "TO EXEMPT SALES AND USE TAX ON THE MANUFACTURER'S OR DEALER'S REBATE OF A MOTOR VEHICLE."
  • HB 2049 - "TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE INFORMED OF GUARDIANSHIP OPTIONS AVAILABLE UPON THE STUDENT'S REACHING EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE."

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

Political courage test

Hobbs provided answers to the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked her legislative priorities she replied:

"Since Arkansas ranks 5th in the nation in poverty, 49th in percapita income, 24th in tax burden, and 50th in percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher, we, as leaders in the state need to do what we can to address these broad issues. A top priority is to do what I can to allow citizens of Arkansas to keep more of their hard earned money by controlling government spending as much as possible. Assuring property rights and personal liberties are important. It is important to keep in touch with constituents to discover their concerns."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Hobbs announced on May 13, 2013 that she would run for governor in 2014. She switched races after the January 2014 resignation of former Lt. Gov Mark Darr. She launched her bid for the recently opened lieutenant governor seat on February 12, 2014.[1] She is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[4] She is ineligible to run for re-election to her state house seat because of term limits.

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Hobbs ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 94. Hobbs ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012, general election as well.[5][6][7]

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Hobbs won re-election to the 96th District seat in 2010. She faced no opposition.[8]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Hobbs won election to the 96th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[9]

Hobbs raised $10,733 for her campaign.[10]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hobbs is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Hobbs raised a total of $57,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 21, 2013.[11]

Debra Hobbs's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 94 Won $21,506
2010 Arkansas State House, District 96 Won $25,346
2008 Arkansas State House, District 96 Won $10,733
Grand Total Raised $57,585

2012

Hobbs won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $21,506.

2010

Hobbs won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $25,346.

2008

Hobbs won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Hobbs raised a total of $10,733.

Scorecards

Arkansas’s 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.[12] Hobbs received a score of 91% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 5th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study. Hobbs received a score of 73% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 12th out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Hobbs and her husband, Ray, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Les Carnine (R)
Arkansas House District 94
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 96
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Duncan Baird (R)