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Matthew Shepherd
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 6
Incumbent
In office
January 10, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Education
Bachelor'sOuachita Baptist University (1998)
J.D.University of Arkansas School of Law (2001)
Personal
Place of birthEl Dorado, Arkansas
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionSouthern Baptist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Matthew J. Shepherd is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Shepherd earned his B.A. in History/Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in 1998 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2001. His professional experience includes working as an attorney/partner for Thomas, Hickey and Shepherd, Limited Liability Partnership.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, Chair
Joint Budget
Joint Energy
Judiciary
Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight

2011-2012

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

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on May 20, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014. Incumbent Matthew Shepherd is unopposed in the Republican primary.[1]

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Shepherd ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 6. Shepherd ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Peter Sam Cyphers]] (I) in the November 6, 2012 general election as well.[2][3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatthew Shepherd Incumbent 82.4% 10,051
     Independent Peter Sam Cyphers 17.6% 2,149
Total Votes 12,200

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Shepherd defeated Ken Bridges in the November 2 general election.[5]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 6 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Matthew Shepherd (R) 4,780
Ken Bridges (D) 2,074

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Shepherd is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Shepherd raised a total of $174,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[6]

Matthew Shepherd's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 6 Won $67,850
2010 Arkansas State House, District 6 Won $106,977
Grand Total Raised $174,827

2012

Shepherd won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Shepherd raised a total of $67,850.

2010

Shepherd won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Shepherd raised a total of $106,977.

Scorecards

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%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[7] Shepherd received a score of 77% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 35th out of 97 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study. Shepherd received a score of 64% in the 2013 scorecard, ranking 41st out of 99 members of the Arkansas House of Representatives that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Shepherd and his wife, Alie, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Lowery, Jr.
Arkansas House District 6
2011–present
Succeeded by
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