Lori Benedict

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Lori Benedict
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
Former member
In office
2011 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSaint Ann High School, 1964
Place of birthChicago, IL
ProfessionBusiness Owner
Personal website
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Lori Benedict is a former Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 82 from 2011 to 2013.


Benedict attended Saint Ann High School in 1964. Her professional experience includes working in the checking department of the Federal Reserve Bank from 1963 to 1966, payroll/insurance for Hines Lumber Company, owner/manager of Corral Western Wear from 1973 to 1979, owner of Sunrise Cattle Company and Benedict Dairy from 1980 to 1991 and president/general manager of Mountain Home Flight Service of the Ozark Regional Flight Service Incorporated.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Children and Youth
  • Subcommittee on Motor Vehicle and Highways



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Benedict ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 61. Benedict ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by Scott Baltz (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 61, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngScott Baltz 51.4% 5,429
     Republican Lori Benedict Incumbent 48.6% 5,123
Total Votes 10,552


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Benedict defeated George Wiggam in the May 18 primary. She then defeated Robert Hutchison in the November 2 general election.[4][5]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lori Benedict (R) 5,187
Robert Hutchison (D) 4,184
Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lori Benedict (R) 771
George Wiggam (R) 559

Campaign donors


In 2010, Benedict raised $25,099 in contributions.[6]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Rep Party Of Ar Little Rock $2,179
Ar Rep Caucus $2,000
Benedict, Don $2,000
Mountaire Corp $2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association $2,000


Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100 percent) to the lowest (0 percent). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[7] Benedict received a score of 83 percent in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 23rd out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.


Benedict and her husband, Don, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Curren Everett
Arkansas House District 82
Succeeded by
Bill Gossage (R)