John Thurston

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John Thurston
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Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands
Incumbent
In office
January 11, 2011-Present
Term ends
2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$54,848
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsTwo lifetime terms
Education
High schoolSheridan High School
Bachelor'sHenderson State University/Agape College
Personal
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas
ProfessionCertified Religious Assistant, Arkansas state prison system
John Thurston (b. December 27, 1972, Little Rock, Arkansas) is the Republican Commissioner of State Lands for the state of Arkansas. He was first elected in 2010. Thurston ran for re-election in the 2014 elections.[1] John Thurston won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Before seeking elected office, Thurston worked as a Certified Religious Assistant in the Arkansas state prison system, as well as on the staff of Agape Church, West Little Rock, Alabama for 13 years.[2]

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Thurston graduated from Sheridan High School in 1991 and attended Henderson State University. He did not earn a bachelor's degree from that institution, but he later received his diploma in biblical studies from Agape College.[2]

Thurston was the first Republican to be elected Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands since the position was made an elected one in 1874. He was also elected vice president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association in 2013.[2]

Education

  • Sheridan High School (1991)
  • attended Henderson State University
  • Diploma in Biblical Studies from Agape College[2]

Political career

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (2011-Present)

Thurston was sworn into the office of Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands on January 11, 2011.[3]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Thurston ran for re-election in 2014.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Thurston Incumbent 57.2% 471,848
     Democratic Mark Robertson 36.6% 302,048
     Libertarian Elvis D. Presley 6.2% 51,518
Total Votes 825,414
Election Results via Arkansas Secretary of State.

2010

Thurston was elected to the office of Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic candidate L.J. Bryant.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thurston is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Thurston raised a total of $28,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[6]

John Thurston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Not up for election $0
2010 Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Won $28,677
Grand Total Raised $28,677

2010

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Wilcox
Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands
2011–present
Succeeded by
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