Ruth Whitaker

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Ruth Whitaker
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Arkansas State Senate District 3
Former member
In office
State Senate Minority Leader
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHendrix College (1958)
Date of birthDecember 13, 1936
Place of birthBlytheville, Arkansas
ProfessionCommunity Activist
Office website
Ruth Whitaker (b. December 13, 1936) is a former Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 3 from 2001 to 2013. She served as State Senate Minority Leader.

Whitaker is a former Alderman of the City of Cedarville. She worked as a Secretary for the Arkansas State Republican Party from 1992 to 1994.

Whitaker was ineligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012 due to term limits.


Whitaker earned her B.A. from Hendrix College in 1958. Her professional experience includes working as a political advisor and a community activist.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Claims


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Whitaker served on these committees:



On November 4, 2008, Whitaker won election to the 3rd District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[1]

Whitaker raised $31,243 for her campaign.[2]

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Whitaker raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Whitaker collected $31,243 in donations.[3]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Stephens Group $3,543
Friedkin Business Services $2,000
Rural Arkansas Telecommunications $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.[4] Whitaker received a score of 81% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 12th out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Whitaker is a widow. She has two children and two grandchildren.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Arkansas State Senate District 3
Succeeded by
Cecile Bledsoe (R)