Ruth Whitaker

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Ruth Whitaker
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Arkansas State Senate District 3
Former officeholder
In office
2001-January 10, 2013
PartyRepublican
Leadership
State Senate Minority Leader
2011-Present
Compensation
Base salary$15,869 per year
Per diem$136 per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
First elected2001
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sHendrix College (1958)
Personal
BirthdayDecember 13, 1936
Place of birthBlytheville, Arkansas
ProfessionCommunity Activist
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ruth Whitaker (b. December 13, 1936) was a 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 earned her B.A. from Hendrix College in 1958. Whitaker has worked as a Political Advisor and a Community Activist.

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

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

  • Subcommittee on Claims

2009-2010

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

Elections

2008

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.

2008

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

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.[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.

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Personal

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

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Arkansas State Senate District 3
2001–2013
Succeeded by
Cecile Bledsoe (R)