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James Salkeld

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James Salkeld
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Arkansas Director of Labor
Former officeholder
In office
1991 - January 2013
Base salary$117,308
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGovernor Bill Clinton
Term limitsN/A
Office website
James L. Salkeld was the Arkansas Director of Labor from 1991 until his retirement in January 2013.[1]


Before becoming director, Salkeld was secretary-treasurer of Arkansas State Building and Construction Trades, a trade union group. He also served on the executive board of the AFL-CIO, president of Central Arkansas Building and Construction Trades, and held several positions in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 295. Prior to becoming a union executive, Salkeld worked as an electrician. He holds a master's electrician license and completed the IBEW wireman apprenticeship program.[2]


  • Master's electrician license[2]

Political Career

Arkansas Director of Labor (1991-2013)

Salkeld was first appointed in 1991 by then Governor Bill Clinton.[1] He retired on January 18, 2013, stating, “It has been such a pleasure to serve the citizens of this state, and I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished. When I was appointed to this position, I never dreamed I’d still be here 21 years, 4 months and 17 days later, but who’s counting?”[3]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Arkansas Department of Labor, "Home," accessed May 22, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Official bio of James L. Salkeld, received from Arkansas Department of Labor on June 22, 2011 following e-mail request.
  3. Times Record, "Arkansas Labor Director James Salkeld To Retire," January 8, 2013
Political offices
Preceded by
Arkansas Director of Labor
Succeeded by
Ricky Belk