Nate Steel

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Nate Steel
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Current candidacy
Running for Attorney General of Arkansas
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arkansas House of Representatives District 19
In office
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 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
J.D.University of Arkansas
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Nate Steel is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Steel is a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Arkansas in the 2014 elections. He ran unopposed in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Steel earned his B.A. in Psychology and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas. His professional experience includes working as deputy prosecutor for the State of Arkansas, the vice president of Cossatot Community College and as a partner of Steel and Steel since 2007.

Committee assignments


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, Vice Chair
Joint Budget
Joint Performance Review


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



See also: Arkansas attorney general election, 2014

Steel is running for election to the office of Arkansas Attorney General. Steel ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Race background

In December 2013, Arkansas' attorney general race was given its second consecutive "toss-up" rating by Governing. In March 2013, the open seat - held by term limited Democrat Dustin McDaniel - was first rated as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in the 2014 elections based on predictions that McDaniel's personal issues would cause a substantial number of fed-up voters to reevaluate their usual choosing methods as well as the merits of electing a Republican attorney general next time around. Shortly before the March rating came out, McDaniel was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure. The scandal forced him to end a long-anticipated campaign for the governor's office, which is open in 2014 due to incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe having also reached his term limit.[1]

Five candidates - three Republican, one Democratic and one Libertarian - filed for the election to replace McDaniel. A primary was held on May 20 to decide which of the three Republican hopefuls would move on to the general election with the party's nomination. It was a close contest between the race's two Little Rock lawyers, Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling, neither of whom received a sufficient share of the vote to avoid a primary runoff election on June 10.

Rutledge and Sterling both ran on their legal resumes and previous efforts made on behalf of the Republican Party and its interests. Rutledge has claimed she is the more qualified candidate because she is “the only one with experience fighting crime, the only one with experience fighting the overreaching federal government.” Sterling, meanwhile, claims his federal court experience makes him the superior candidate, touting his ample courtroom experience. “The AG’s office is essentially Arkansas’ largest law firm, and I think that the voters want a serious and responsible and experienced attorney leading that law firm,” Sterling said.[2]

Rutledge ultimately defeated Sterling in the Republican primary runoff, earning over 58 percent of the vote.[3] She will face unopposed Democratic nominee Nate Steel and Libertarian Aaron Cash in the general election on November 4.


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Steel ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 19. Steel ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012 general election as well.[4][5][6]


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Steel defeated Frank Scott in the May 18 primary. He then won unopposed in the November 2 general election..[7][8]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 21 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nate Steel (D) 2,382
Frank Scott (D) 2,144

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Steel is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Steel raised a total of $57,765 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[9]

Nate Steel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 19 Won $10,450
2010 Arkansas State House, District 21 Won $47,315
Grand Total Raised $57,765


Steel won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Steel raised a total of $10,450.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nate Steel's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$1,000
Arkansas Pharmacists Association$600
Stephens Group$500
Total Raised in 2012$10,450
Source:Follow the Money


Steel won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Steel raised a total of $47,315.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[10]


In 2011, the 88th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 10 to April 27.[11]


Steel is a 6th generation Arkansas lawyer.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Pierce (D)
Arkansas House District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arkansas House District 21
Succeeded by
Terry Rice (R)