|Arkansas House of Representatives District 25|
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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.
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."
- Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, Arkansas House (Vice Chair)
- Public Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee, Arkansas Assembly
- State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, Arkansas House
- Subcommittee on Health Services (Chair)
- Subcommittee on State Agencies and Reorganization
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.
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.
|Arkansas State Senate, District 19 Democratic Primary (2010)|
|Gene Shelby (D)||4,798|
|Q. Byrum Hurst (D)||3,746|
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."
- Excerpt: "I have always been a huge supporter of education in both my public and private life."
- 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
Shelby raised $18,688 for his campaign.
Below are Shelby's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:
|Arkansas Medical Society||$4,000|
|Arkansas Healthcare Assoc||$2,000|
|Southwestern Energy Co||$1,500|
- Gene Shelby's personal website
- Arkansas House of Representatives - Rep. Gene Shelby
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart bio
- Campaign Contributions: 2008
- Gene Shelby on Facebook
|Arkansas House District 25
| Succeeded by|
John T. Vines
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