Jim Nickels

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Jim Nickels
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 41
Incumbent
In office
2009-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Education
Bachelor'sHenderson State University (1970)
Master'sHenderson State University (1976)
J.D.University of Arkansas (1981)
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 10, 1947
Place of birthHot Springs, Arkansas
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Jim Nickels is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 41. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Biography

Nickels' professional experience includes working as an attorney with the Nickels Law Firm and as a Professor at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Joint Budget
Public Retirement and Social Security Programs
Judiciary
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Nickels's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1464 - "AN ACT TO AMEND THE MINIMUM WAGE TO PARALLEL THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE LAW."
  • HB 1891 - "TO ESTABLISH A UNIFIED HEALTH CARE BENEFIT PROGRAM FOR ALL PUBLICLY FUNDED EMPLOYEES AND RETIRED EMPLOYEES."
  • HB 1935 - "TO REPEAL THE CHECK-CASHERS ACT"

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

Political courage test

Nickels 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 his legislative priorities he responded:

  • 1. Strengthen lobbyist and candidate disclosure. Limit campaign contributions to $1000.
  • 2. Pay day lending: define interest to include fees charged.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Nickels ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 41. Nickels ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and defeated Alan Pogue (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 41, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Nickels Incumbent 52% 6,700
     Republican Alan L. Pogue 48% 6,192
Total Votes 12,892

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Nickels won re-election to the 43rd District seat in 2010. He faced no opposition.[5]

2008

On November 4, 2008, Nickels won election to the 43rd District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, defeating opponent Steven Meckfessel (R).[6]

Nickels raised $59,903 for his campaign, while Meckfessel raised $26,863.[7]

Arkansas State House, District 43 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jim Nickels (D) 7,181
Steven Meckfessel (R) 6,552

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nickels is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Nickels raised a total of $209,331 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[8]

Jim Nickels's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 41 Won $125,125
2010 Arkansas State House, District 43 Won $24,303
2008 Arkansas State House, District 43 Won $59,903
Grand Total Raised $209,331

2012

Nickels won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Nickels raised a total of $125,125.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Nickels's campaign in 2012
Afscme$4,000
Brad Hendricks Law Firm$3,000
Arkansas Democratic Party$2,500
Communications Workers$2,500
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$125,125
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nickels won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Nickels raised a total of $24,303.

2008

Nickels won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Nickels raised a total of $59,903.

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[9]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.

2011

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.

Personal

Nickels serves on the Executive Board of the Little Rock Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of a number of organizations, including the Labor and Employment Relations Association, American Association for Justice, American Association of University Professors, and Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Garner (R)
Arkansas House District 41
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas House District 43
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Davy Carter (R)