Gene Shelby

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Gene Shelby
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 25
Former member
Term in office began
2007
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Emergency Physician
Gene Shelby was a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the 25th District from 2007 to 2011.

Shelby currently works as an Emergency Physician with the National Park Medical Center. He has previously served as Coroner of Garland County, Emergency Physician with St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, and was a Medical Officer with the Peace Corps in Zaire.

Shelby is President of the Arkansas Coroner's Association, member of the Hot Springs National Park Rotary, Chairman/member of the Hot Springs/Garland County Emergency Medical Services Board, Board Member/member of the Arkansas Medical Society, and President/member of the Arkansas American College of Emergency Physicians.[1]

Issue positions

Shelby answered the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2006 National Political Awareness Test. When asked his legislative priorities he responded:

."..my focus will be healthcare issues...I will be working on ways to improve trauma care around the state....We are one of the few states in the country that doesn't have a level one trauma center. I will be working with hospitals, physicians, EMS personnel, and consumers to find ways to improve our system. I am looking at possibly adding a fee to all moving vehicle citations to help fund these initiatives...I am working...on a bill to improve the work of coroners and death investigations around the state. This bill will create a standerdized coroner's report as well develop a code of ethics for all coroners."[2]

Committee assignments

Shelby's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1481 - "TO REQUIRE MOTORCYCLE PASSENGERS AND OPERATORS TO WEAR PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR."
  • HB 1603 - "TO IMPROVE THE INVESTIGATION AND CERTIFICATION OF DEATH IN ARKANSAS."
  • HB 2089 - "AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM."

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

Elections

2010

Shelby was eligible but did not seek re-election in 2010. He sought election to the District 19 seat of the Arkansas State Senate. He defeated Q. Byrum Hurst in the May 18 primary but was defeated by Bill Sample in the general election.[3][4]

Arkansas State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Gene Shelby (D) 4,798
Q. Byrum Hurst (D) 3,746

Campaign themes

Shelby's website highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "We in Garland County are fortunate to have a very diverse economy. Certainly, the tourism industry is vital for our local economy and I will work to promote and grow segment, that has been vital to this whole area for many years."
  • Education
Excerpt: "I have always been a huge supporter of education in both my public and private life."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "Arkansas has the one of the highest death rates for trauma in the whole country. In fact, it is the number one cause of death for people age 1-44 in Arkansas. I was talking about the need for a statewide trauma system in Arkansas while I was running for my first term in the House in 2006."
  • Jobs in Garland County
  • Public Safety

[5]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Shelby won re-election to the 25th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, running unopposed in the general election.[6]

Shelby raised $18,688 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

2008

Below are Shelby's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[8]

Contributor 2008 total
Arkansas Medical Society $4,000
Arkansas Healthcare Assoc $2,000
Stephens Group $2,000
Southwestern Energy Co $1,500
Wal-Mart $500

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 25
2007-2011
Succeeded by
John T. Vines