State Senator Gene Jeffress announces bid for Congress

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August 30, 2011

Gene Jeffress has declared his intention to run for Congress from Arkansas.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Current Arkansas State Senator Gene Jeffress has announced an intention to run for U.S. House of Representatives in 2012 for the district being vacated by Mike Ross (D).[1]

Jeffress is termed-out in 2012 and therefore ineligible to run for re-election to the Arkansas State Senate.

There are currently three Republican candidates who have announced an intention to run for the seat. Beth Anne Ranking, Tom Cotton and Marcus Richmond have already said that will run for the GOP nomination.[1]

There are four total members of the congressional delegation from Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives.

A total of 10 senators are termed out in 2012, 7 of whom are Democrats while 3 are Republicans.

The Democratic Party has a slim 5-seat hold on the partisan advantage of the Arkansas State Senate.

Party As of December 2014
     Democratic Party 13
     Republican Party 20
     Vacancy 2
Total 35

The 2012 elections will likely be a contentious battle for control of the Senate. The GOP picked up 7 seats in the 2010 state senate election. With all 35 seats up for election on November 6, 2012 the stage is set for a heated battle for chamber control.

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