James Luker

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James Luker
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Arkansas State Senate District 17
Former member
In office
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2008
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
J.D.University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Date of birthFebruary 4, 1942
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas
Office website
James Luker (b. February 4, 1942) is a former Democratic member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 17 from 2003 to 2013. He served as Senate Assistant President Pro Tempore.

Luker is a former Mayor of the City of Wayne. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1995 to 2000.

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


Luker's professional experience includes working as an attorney for the City of Wynne.

Committee assignments


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

  • Subcommittee on Personnel


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



On November 4, 2008, Luker won re-election to the 17th District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[1]

Luker raised $109,976 for his campaign.[2]

Campaign donors

2010 (Off-cycle)

Luker raised no money in the 2010 election cycle.


In 2008, Luker collected $109,976 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Stephens Group $3,442
Arkansas Healthcare Association $3,000
Arkansas State Farm Insurance $2,000
Wal-Mart $2,000
Arkansas Trial Lawyers 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] Luker received a score of 69% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 20th out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.


Luker and his wife, Myra, have three children.

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Preceded by
Arkansas State Senate District 17
Succeeded by
Johnny Key (R)