Gene Jeffress

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Gene Jeffress
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Arkansas State Senate District 25
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
ProfessionRetired teacher
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Harmon "Gene" Jeffress (b. October 18, 1948) is a former Democratic member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 25 from 2003 to 2013

Jeffress served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.

Jeffress was ineligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012 due to term limits. He instead ran for election to the U.S. House.


Jeffress earned his BME from the University of Arkansas, Monticello, in 1971. His professional experience includes working as a teacher.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Claims


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



Jeffress was defeated by Republican Tom Cotton.[1] Jeffress ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 4th District. He and Q. Byrum Hurst defeated D.C. Morrison in the May 22, 2012, Democratic primary and advanced to the June 12, 2012, primary runoff election. Jeffress defeated Q. Byrum Hurst in the runoff and faced Tom Cotton (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2]

Jeffress was termed-out in 2012 and therefore ineligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Gene Jeffress 36.7% 95,013
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTom Cotton 59.5% 154,149
     Green Joshua Drake 1.9% 4,807
     Libertarian Bobby Tullis 1.9% 4,984
Total Votes 258,953
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


On November 4, 2008, Jeffress won re-election to the 25th District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[3]

Jeffress raised $56,375 for his campaign.[4]

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Jeffress's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Jeffress did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Jeffress's campaign committee raised a total of $100,330 and spent $98,040.[5]

2010 (Off-cycle)

Jeffress raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Jeffress collected $56,375 in donations.[6]

His eight largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Stephens Group $3,000
Arkansas Hospital Association $2,250
RATS $2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association $2,000
Wal-Mart $2,000
SATCO $2,000
Michael S. Morton $2,000
Friedkin Business Services $2,000


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 percent) to the lowest (0 percent). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[7] Jeffress received a score of 57% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 25th out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

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Jeffress and his wife, Cynthia, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arkansas State Senate District 25
Succeeded by
Stephanie Flowers (D)