Ann Clemmer

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Ann Clemmer
Arkansas House of Representatives District 23
In office
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 5
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
BirthdayAugust 10, 1958
Place of birthBenton, Arkansas
Office website
Personal website
Ann V. Clemmer is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 23. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Clemmer sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas in 2014. She was defeated in the Republican primary by French Hill.[1]


Clemmer's professional experience includes working as a Professor of Political Science.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Legislative Council
State Agencies and Governmental Affairs


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


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



Clemmer's sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1869 - "An act concerning Arkansas public charter schools."
  • hb 1870 - "an act concerning Arkansas public school finance."
  • hb 1871 - "an act concerning Arkansas public school choice."

For a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Human Heartbeat Protection Act

On January 28, 2013, Senator Jason Rapert introduced Senate Bill 134, the proposed "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act." Clemmer was the chief sponsor in the House. The bill, now Act 301, would require all pregnant women considering abortion to undergoing medical testing to determine if the fetus has a heartbeat and would ban abortions in pregnancies past 12 weeks where the fetus has a heartbeat. Act 301 includes exemptions for abortions carried "to preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman," "due to the existence of a highly lethal fetal disorder as defined by the Arkansas State Medical Board," and in cases of rape and incest.[3] The House passed the bill in its final form 68-20 on February 23, and the Senate followed on February 28, with a vote of 26-8. Beebe vetoed SB 134 on March 4, asserting that "because it would impose a ban on a woman's right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion well before viability, Senate Bill 134 blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court."[4] More than the required simple majority voted to override his veto in each chamber, with the Senate doing so 20-14 on March 5 and the House 56-33 on March 6. The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act became law on March 6 as Act 301.[5] When enacted, the ban on most abortions after a fetus reaches 12 weeks of age was the earliest in the country.[6] The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced that they would challenge the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act before it goes into effect 90 days after the legislature's adjournment. Clemmer said the Act was "a statement consistent with what Arkansas voters want" and that she understood it was the courts' role to test legislation.[7]

Lottery proceeds

In 2011, Clemmer introduced HJR 1005, a proposed constitutional amendment to require that 35% of the proceeds of the Arkansas State Lottery go to scholarships.[8]


In 2008, Clemmer answered the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test's question about priorities, saying:

"My top three priorities when elected are as follows:

Improve educational opportunities for all children and college-aged people. Lower the tax burden on Arkansans and businesses.

Make government more accountable for wasteful spending."[9]



See also: Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Clemmer ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 2nd District. Clemmer was defeated by French Hill in the Republican primary on May 20, 2014.[1]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 55.1% 29,916
Ann Clemmer 22.8% 12,400
Conrad Reynolds 22.1% 11,994
Total Votes 54,310
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Clemmer ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 23. Clemmer ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and ran unchallenged in the general election on November 6, 2012, as well.[10][11][12]


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Clemmer won re-election to the 29th District seat in 2010. She faced no opposition.[13]


On November 4, 2008, Clemmer won election to the 29th District Seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, defeating opponent Scott Smith (D).[14]

Clemmer raised $62,034 for her campaign, while Smith raised $109,223.[15]

Arkansas State House, District 29 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ann Clemmer (R) 9,505
Scott Smith (D) 5,518

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clemmer is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Clemmer raised a total of $83,634 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[16]

Ann Clemmer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 23 Won $11,300
2010 Arkansas State House, District 29 Won $10,300
2008 Arkansas State House, District 29 Won $62,034
Grand Total Raised $83,634


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Clemmer's reports.

Ann Clemmer (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[17]January 31, 2014$0$94,856$(6,774)$88,081
April Quarterly[18]April 15, 2014$88,081$53,412$(40,959)$100,534
Pre-Primary[19]May 9, 2014$100,534$11,622$(60,527)$51,629
Running totals


Clemmer won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Clemmer raised a total of $11,300.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ann Clemmer's campaign in 2012
Stephens Group$1,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$1,000
Walker, William S$500
Delta Dental of Arkansas$500
Total Raised in 2012$11,300
Source:Follow the Money


Clemmer won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Clemmer raised a total of $10,300.


Clemmer won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Clemmer raised a total of $62,034.


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In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[20]


In 2011, the 88th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 10 to April 27.[21]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 The Arkansas CW, "Arkansas - Summary Vote Results," May 20, 2014
  2. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Clemmer Biography," accessed May 12, 2014
  3. Arkansas Legislature, "Text of Arkansas Act 301, formerly Senate Bill 134," accessed May 12, 2014
  4. Associated Press, "Ark. Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban," March 4, 2013
  5. Arkansas State Legislature, "Bill status information for Arkansas Senate Bill 134," accessed March 11, 2013
  6. Suzi Parker, Reuters, "Arkansas bans abortion at 12 weeks, earliest in nation," accessed March 6, 2013
  7. The New York Times, "Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks," accessed March 6, 2013
  8. Arkansas Times, "Amendment a lottery killer," February 9, 2011
  9. Project Vote Smart, "Rep. Clemmer Issue Positions," accessed May 12, 2014
  10. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012" accessed November 7, 2012
  11. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  12. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  14., "2008 general election results, Arkansas," November 4, 2008
  15. Follow the Money, "Arkansas House spending, 2008," November 4, 2008
  16., "Clemmer, Ann V," accessed August 7, 2013
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Year-End," accessed February 10, 2014
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer April Quarterly," accessed April 30, 2014
  19. Federal Election Commission, "Ann Clemmer Pre-Primary," accessed May 12, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  21. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Randy Stewart (D)
Arkansas House District 23
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arkansas House District 29
Succeeded by
Fredrick Love (D)