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William Arnold
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Mississippi House of Representatives, District 3
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 3
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 8, 2011
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
William Tracy Arnold is a Republican member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, representing District 3. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011.


Arnold's professional experience includes working as a pastor at The Vineyard, a church in Booneville, Mississippi; and an administrator at the Vine Christian Academy.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Arnold served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2015
Banking and Financial Services
Conservation and Water Resources
Accountability, Efficiency, and Transparency
Youth and Family Affairs


During the 2012-2013 legislative session, Arnold served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Arnold's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

  • Spurring job growth
  • Protecting 2nd Amendment rights
  • Requiring photo identification to vote
  • Promoting alternative energy
  • Limiting illegal immigration
  • Preserving family values
  • Keeping taxes low.



See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2015

Elections for the office of Mississippi House of Representatives will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.[2]


See also: Mississippi House of Representatives elections, 2011

On November 8, 2011, Arnold won election to District 3 of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He ran unopposed in the August 2 primary and defeated Democrat Tommy Cadle in the November 8 general election.[3]

District 3 was targeted by the GOP as a possible pickup in its attempt to flip the state House to Republican control for the first time. He was first elected to the chamber in Reconstruction. The Mississippi GOP's push hoped to mirror successful efforts in other southern states, including North Carolina and Louisiana, to break the last vestiges of the old Democratic "solid south."[4]

Mississippi House of Representatives, District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Arnold 52.7% 3,899
     Democratic Tommy Cadle 47.3% 3,496
Total Votes 7,395

Campaign donors


In 2011, Arnold received $62,610 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]

Mississippi House of Representatives 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Arnold's campaign in 2011
Improve Mississippi$8,196
Mississippi House Republican Conference$7,000
Mississippi Republican Party$5,500
Prentiss County Republicans$4,000
Home Builders Association Of Mississippi$2,500
Total Raised in 2011 $62,610
Total Votes received in 2011 3,899
Cost of each vote received $16.06


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Mississippi

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In 2014, the Legislature was in session from January 7 through April 2.[6]

Legislators are scored on "economic growth, jobs and other broad job-related issues."[7]



In 2011, Arnold's endorsements included the Mississippi Tea Party. The 3rd is one of 10 districts the Tea Party’s Move the House Committee specifically targeted as necessary to win in order to gain conservative control of the House.[8]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William McCoy
Mississippi House of Representatives District 3
2012 – Present
Succeeded by