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Mary Bentley

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Mary Bentley
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Arkansas House of Representatives, District 73
In office
January 12, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 8, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sHarding University
ProfessionSmall business owner
Mary Bentley is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 73. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Bentley earned her B.S. in Nursing from Harding University. Her professional experience includes working as a Registered Nurse for Arkansas Children's Hospital in the Cardiovascular Intesive Care Unit and owning Bentley Plastics.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Bentley served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2015
City, County and Local Affairs, Vice chair
Public Health, Welfare and Labor
Legislative Joint Auditing


Campaign themes


Bentley's campaign website listed the following issues:

  • Pro-Life
Excerpt: "Mary is a born again Christian who believes in the sanctity of human life just as the majority of Arkansans do."
  • Pro-2nd Amendment
Excerpt: "Mary is a defender of the 2nd amendment and every American’s right to bear arms."
  • Jobs and Taxes
Excerpt: "Mary knows that Arkansas has the 6th highest income tax in the nation along with nearly stagnant job growth since 2004. She believes that if Arkansas wants to attract jobs, then it must have a business friendly environment. This is why it is imperative to reform Arkansas tax code."



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent John Catlett was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Mary Bentley was unopposed in the Republican primary. Bentley defeated Catlett in the general election.[1][2]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 73 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMary Bentley 51.4% 3,588
     Democratic John Catlett Incumbent 48.6% 3,392
Total Votes 6,980


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Bentley ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 73. Bentley ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and was defeated by John Catlett (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 73, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wayne Catlett Incumbent 52.2% 4,088
     Republican Mary Bentley 47.8% 3,750
Total Votes 7,838


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Bentley and her husband, Ted, have three children and live in Williams Junction.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Catlett (D)
Arkansas House District 73
Succeeded by