John T. Vines

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John T. Vines
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 25
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas (1996)
J.D.University of Arkansas School of Law (1999)
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
John T. Vines is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 25. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Vines earned his B.S./B.A. in Finance/Banking from the University of Arkansas in 1996 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1999. His professional experience includes working as an attorney for Wood, Smith, Schnipper, Clay and Vines and as a small claims magistrate for the Hot Springs District Court.

Committee assignments


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Joint Budget
Code Revision Commission
Insurance and Commerce
Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight


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


Campaign themes


Vines ' website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Excerpt: "Here are the issues that are most important to me as your Representative
  • Further developing the economy in Hot Springs, Garland County and Arkansas.
  • Seeking new ways and industries to create more and better job opportunities.
  • Continuing the search for ways to cut wasteful spending and achieve greater efficiency in State government.
  • Finding ways to protect and enhance funding for our public schools and universities.
  • Making certain that the Legislature always maintains a balanced budget."



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Vines ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 25. Vines ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and defeated Michael Jones, Sr. (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 25, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn T. Vines Incumbent 62.4% 6,615
     Republican Michael A. Jones, Sr. 37.6% 3,985
Total Votes 10,600


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Vines defeated Richard Pellegrino in the May 18 primary. He then won unopposed in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 25 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John T. Vines (D) 2,033
Richard Pellegrino (D) 1,762

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Vines is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Vines raised a total of $247,453 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[7]

John T. Vines's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 25 Won $141,682
2010 Arkansas State House, District 25 Won $105,771
Grand Total Raised $247,453


Vines won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Vines raised a total of $141,682.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John T. Vines's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association$3,000
Arkansas Democratic Party$2,500
Cox Communications$2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$141,682
Source:Follow the Money


Vines won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Vines raised a total of $105,771.


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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[8]


In 2011, the 88th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 10 to April 27.[9]


Vines and his wife, Elizabeth, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Gene Shelby
Arkansas House District 25
Succeeded by