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{{Chambers infobox
 
{{Chambers infobox
|Partisan = Democrat
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|Partisan = Republican
 
|Chamber = Arkansas House of Representatives
 
|Chamber = Arkansas House of Representatives
 
|Seal =Seal of Arkansas.svg.png
 
|Seal =Seal of Arkansas.svg.png
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|Type = [[Lower house]]
 
|Type = [[Lower house]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|3 terms (6 years)]]
 
|Term limit = [[State legislatures with term limits|3 terms (6 years)]]
|Next session = [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions|February 13, 2012]]
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|Next session = [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions|January 14, 2013]]
 
|Website = [http://www.arkansashouse.org/ Official House Page]
 
|Website = [http://www.arkansashouse.org/ Official House Page]
 
<!--Level 3-->
 
<!--Level 3-->
|House speaker = [[Robert Moore]], (D)
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|House speaker = [[Davy Carter]], (R)
|Majority leader = [[Johnnie Roebuck]], (D)
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|Majority leader = [[Bruce Westerman]], (R)
|Minority leader = [[John Burris]], (R)
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|Minority leader = [[Greg Leding]], (D)
 
<!-- Level 4-->
 
<!-- Level 4-->
 
|Members = 100
 
|Members = 100
|Political groups = [[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Arkansas House of Representatives|State=Arkansas|Party=Democratic}}) <br>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Arkansas House of Representatives|State=Arkansas|Party=Republican}})
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|Political groups = [[Democratic Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Arkansas House of Representatives|State=Arkansas|Party=Democratic}}) <br>[[Republican Party]] ({{Party counter DPL|House=Arkansas House of Representatives|State=Arkansas|Party=Republican}})<br>[[Green Party]](1)
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state representatives|2 years]]
 
|Term length = [[Length of terms of state representatives|2 years]]
 
|Authority = [[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution|Art 5, Arkansas Constitution]]
 
|Authority = [[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution|Art 5, Arkansas Constitution]]
|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$15,362/year]] + per diem
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|Salary = [[Comparison of state legislative salaries|$15,362/year + $136/day]]
 
<!-- Level 5-->
 
<!-- Level 5-->
|Next election = [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]] (100 seats)
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|Next election = [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2014|November 4, 2014]] (100 seats)
|Last election = [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010|November 2, 2010]] (100 seats)
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|Last election = [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]] (100 seats)
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Arkansas | Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas Legislature]]
 
|Redistricting = [[Redistricting in Arkansas | Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas Legislature]]
 
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}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Arkansas House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Arkansas State Legislature]].  The House of Representatives consists of 100 members elected from 100 districts, which are apportioned on a one-person, one-vote basis. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|29,159 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|26,734 residents]]. <ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref> The House convenes in regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd-numbered year to begin the legislative session.
}}{{TOCnestright}}The '''Arkansas House of Representatives''' is the [[lower house]] of the [[Arkansas State Legislature]].  The House of Representatives consists of 100 members elected from 100 districts, which are apportioned on a one-person, one-vote basis. Each member represents an average of [[Population represented by state legislators|29,159 residents]], as of the 2010 Census.<ref>[http://2010.census.gov/news/pdf/apport2010_table4.pdf Population in 2010 of the American states]</ref> After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately [[Population represented by state legislators|26,734 residents]]. <ref>[http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t2/tables/tab01.pdf Population in 2000 of the American states]</ref> The House convenes in regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd-numbered year to begin the legislative session. In 2012, the House was [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions| in session]] from February 13 to March 13.
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In Arkansas, representatives serve two-year terms with a three term limit.  
 
In Arkansas, representatives serve two-year terms with a three term limit.  
  
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{{State trifecta status|state=Arkansas|control=None|= 13 states that are under divided government and do not have state trifectas}}
 
==Sessions==
 
==Sessions==
 
[[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution| Article V of the Arkansas Constitution]] establishes when the [[Arkansas General Assembly]], of which the House is a part, is to convene. Section 5 of Article V establishes the beginning date for regular sessions, but this date has been changed by law (as Section 5 allows).  Under the law, the Arkansas legislature convenes its regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd numbered year.  The fiscal session is convened on the second Monday in February of every even numbered year. <ref>[http://www.arkansashouse.org/about-the-house Arkansas House website]</ref>  
 
[[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution| Article V of the Arkansas Constitution]] establishes when the [[Arkansas General Assembly]], of which the House is a part, is to convene. Section 5 of Article V establishes the beginning date for regular sessions, but this date has been changed by law (as Section 5 allows).  Under the law, the Arkansas legislature convenes its regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd numbered year.  The fiscal session is convened on the second Monday in February of every even numbered year. <ref>[http://www.arkansashouse.org/about-the-house Arkansas House website]</ref>  
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Section 17 of Article V limits the length of sessions to sixty days, unless extended by a two-thirds vote of each legislative house.
 
Section 17 of Article V limits the length of sessions to sixty days, unless extended by a two-thirds vote of each legislative house.
  
===2012===
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===2013===
::''See also: [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions]]''
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions]]''
In 2012, the House of Representatives will be in session from February 13 to March 13.
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In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.
  
 
====Major issues====
 
====Major issues====
The main issue taken up by legislators will be [[Arkansas Governor|Governor]] [[Mike Beebe]]'s (D) $4.7 billion budget, which includes increases in Medicaid and education funding. Other issues include repealing a tax break for truckers and toughening sentencing guidelines for sex offenders.<ref>[http://arkansasnews.com/2012/02/12/fiscal-session-begins-monday-with-leaders-watching-calendar/ ''Arkansas News,'' "Fiscal session begins Monday with leaders watching calendar," February 12, 2012]</ref>
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Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included an agreement on expanding the Medicaid program by providing private insurance for low-income residents, a two percent increase in per-student funding for public schools and a bill that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls.<ref>[http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/92525/arkansas-lawmakers-to-formally-adjourn-session?page=all ''arkansasbusiness.com'', "Sine Die: Arkansas Lawmakers Formally End Legislative Session," May 17, 2013]</ref> During the first budget negotiations of the year, the Joint Budget Committee rejected a pay increase for elected officials.<ref>[http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2013/jan/16/state-lawmakers-look-officials-pay/ ''Arkansas online,'' " Legislative panel rejects pay rise for elected officials," January 16, 2013]</ref>
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===2012===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions]]''
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In 2012, the House of Representatives was in session from February 13 to March 13.
  
 
===2011===
 
===2011===
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::''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
 
::''See also: [[Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions]]''
 
In 2010, the House of Representatives convened for its Fiscal Session, meeting from February 8th to March 4th.
 
In 2010, the House of Representatives convened for its Fiscal Session, meeting from February 8th to March 4th.
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==Ethics and transparency==
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===Open States Transparency===
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{{Transparency card|State=Arkansas|Grade=A}}
  
 
==Elections==
 
==Elections==
 
 
===2012===
 
===2012===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012]]''
  
Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will be held in [[Arkansas]] on [[State legislative elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. All '''100 seats''' will be up for election.
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives were held in [[Arkansas]] on [[State legislative elections, 2012|November 6, 2012]]. All '''100 seats''' were up for election.
  
The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | signature filing deadline]] for the elections was March 1, 2012 and the [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections | primary date]] was May 22, 2012.
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The [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections|signature filing deadline]] for the elections was March 1, 2012 and the [[Signature requirements and deadlines for 2012 state legislative elections|primary date]] was May 22, 2012.
  
Arkansas state representatives are subject to [[State legislatures with term limits | term limits]], and may not serve more than three two-year terms.  In 2012, there are [[Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012 | 23 state representatives]] who will be termed-out.
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Arkansas state representatives are subject to [[State legislatures with term limits|term limits]], and may not serve more than three two-year terms.  In 2012, there were [[Impact of term limits on state representative elections in 2012|23 state representatives]] who were termed-out.
  
===2010===
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The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.
  
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:650px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="5" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2012 Margin of Victory, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |District
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Winner
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Margin of Victory
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Total Votes
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Top Opponent
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|-
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| District 52||{{reddot}} [[John Hutchison]]||0.4%||10,073||L.J. Bryant
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|-
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| District 69||{{bluedot}} [[Betty Overbey]]||1.6%||9,387||Dwight Hoyle
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|-
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| District 13||{{bluedot}} [[David Hillman]]||2.1%||9,591||Garland Derden, Jr.
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|-
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| District 61||{{bluedot}} [[Scott Baltz]]||2.9%||10,552||Lori Benedict
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|-
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| District 41||{{bluedot}} [[Jim Nickels]]||3.9%||12,892||Alan L. Pogue
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|-
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| District 73||{{bluedot}} [[John Catlett]]||4.3%||7,838||Mary Bentley
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|-
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| District 39||{{reddot}} [[Mark Lowery]]||4.8%||12,758||Kelly Halstead
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|-
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| District 60||{{bluedot}} [[James Ratliff]]||5.5%||9,761||Ronald Cavenaugh
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|-
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| District 18||{{reddot}} [[Richard Womack]]||5.6%||11,112||Fred W. Harris
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|-
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| District 58||{{bluedot}} [[Harold Copenhaver]]||6%||10,719||Jon Hubbard
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|}
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===2010===
 
:: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010]]''
  
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In 2010, candidates running for the House raised a total of $5,568,912 in campaign contributions.  Their top 10 contributors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=AR&y=2010&f=H ''Follow the Money'': "Arkansas House 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
 
In 2010, candidates running for the House raised a total of $5,568,912 in campaign contributions.  Their top 10 contributors were: <ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/state_candidates.phtml?s=AR&y=2010&f=H ''Follow the Money'': "Arkansas House 2010 Campaign Contributions"]</ref>
  
{{legislative donor box}}
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="2" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2010 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
 
|-
 
|-
 
| [[Arkansas Health Care Association]]s
 
| [[Arkansas Health Care Association]]s
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|}
 
|}
  
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===2008===
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: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2008]]''
  
===Qualifications===
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 20, 2008 and a general election on November 4, 2008.
  
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During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $5,071,811. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/state_overview.phtml?s=AR&y=2008 ''Follow the Money'', "Arkansas 2008 Candidates," Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2008 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Arkansas Health Care Association
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| align="right" | $182,920
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|-
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| Stephens Group
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| align="right" | $179,962
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|-
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| Arkansas Realtors Association
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| align="right" | $89,675
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|-
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| Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
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| align="right" | $83,504
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|-
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| Smith, Scott A
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| align="right" | $82,508
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|-
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| Wal-Mart
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| align="right" | $76,691
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|-
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| Walters, Bill
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| align="right" | $73,357
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|-
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| Southwestern Energy Co
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| align="right" | $67,500
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|-
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| Arkansas Democratic Party
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| align="right" | $52,500
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|-
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| Akin, Thomas
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| align="right" | $50,181
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|}
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===2006===
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: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2006]]''
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 5, 2006 and a general election on November 7, 2006.
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During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,666,062. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/state_overview.phtml?s=AR&y=2006 ''Follow the Money'', "Arkansas 2006 Candidates," Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2006 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Arkansas Health Care Association
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| Align="Right" | $155,050
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|-
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| Southwestern Energy Co
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| Align="Right" | $116,450
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|-
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| Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
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| Align="Right" | $89,100
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|-
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| Arkansas Realtors Association
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| Align="Right" | $74,125
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|-
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| Stephens Group
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| Align="Right" | $68,104
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|-
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| Arkansas Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $63,250
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|-
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| Arkansas Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $63,225
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|-
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| Entergy
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| Align="Right" | $50,301
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|-
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| Arkansas Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $47,500
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|-
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| Wal-Mart
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| align="right" | $47,500
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|}
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===2004===
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: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2004]]''
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 18, 2004 and a general election on November 2, 2004.
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During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $3,956,366. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/state_overview.phtml?s=AR&y=2004 ''Follow the Money'', "Arkansas 2004 Candidates," Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2004 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Arkansas Health Care Association
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| Align="Right" | $76,750
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|-
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| Arkansas Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $64,050
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|-
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| Mccutchen, Joey
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| Align="Right" | $53,850
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|-
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| Stephens Group
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| Align="Right" | $52,617
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|-
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| Sample, Betty Ann
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| Align="Right" | $52,000
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|-
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| Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
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| Align="Right" | $49,350
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|-
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| Wilkes & Mchugh
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| Align="Right" | $47,000
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|-
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| Arkansas Realtors Association
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| Align="Right" | $45,750
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|-
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| Glidewell, Frank
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| Align="Right" | $42,500
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|-
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| Entergy
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| Align="Right" | $40,000
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|}
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===2002===
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: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2002]]''
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 21, 2002 and a general election on November 5, 2002.
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During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $2,775,317. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/state_overview.phtml?s=AR&y=2002 ''Follow the Money'', "Arkansas 2002 Candidates," Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2002 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Arkansas Health Care Association
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| Align="Right" | $58,450
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|-
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| Arkansas Realtors Association
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| Align="Right" | $56,650
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|-
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| Arkansas Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $48,650
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|-
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| Entergy
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| Align="Right" | $41,250
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|-
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| Lewis, Bea
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| Align="Right" | $37,076
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|-
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| Beverly Enterprises
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| Align="Right" | $33,450
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|-
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| Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
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| Align="Right" | $32,250
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|-
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| Southwestern Bell
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| Align="Right" | $32,100
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|-
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| Stephens Group
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| Align="Right" | $26,000
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|-
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| Clerget, Harry
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| Align="Right" | $25,295
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|}
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===2000===
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: ''See also: [[Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2000]]''
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Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 23, 2000 and a general election on November 7, 2000.
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During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $2,748,032. The top 10 contributors were:<ref>[http://www.followthemoney.org/database/state_overview.phtml?s=AR&y=2000 ''Follow the Money'', "Arkansas 2000 Candidates," Accessed May 28, 2013]</ref>
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{| class="wikitable collapsible collapsed sortable" style="background:none; text-align: center; width:450px;collapsible=Y;"
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|-
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''2000 Donors, Arkansas House of Representatives
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|-
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Donor
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!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Amount
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|-
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| Arkansas Republican Party
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| Align="Right" | $80,417
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|-
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| Stephens Group
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| Align="Right" | $43,150
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|-
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| Conservative Leadership for Arkansas
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| Align="Right" | $39,000
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|-
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| Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
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| Align="Right" | $37,000
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|-
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| Arkansas Democratic Party
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| Align="Right" | $35,350
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|-
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| Entergy
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| Align="Right" | $33,923
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|-
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| Southwestern Bell
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| Align="Right" | $29,400
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|-
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| Arkansas Medical Society
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| Align="Right" | $29,352
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|-
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| Arkansas Realtors Association
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| Align="Right" | $28,500
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|-
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| Arkansas Education Association
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| align="right" | $26,049
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|}
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===Qualifications===
 
[[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution#Section 4|Article 5, Section 4]] of the [[Arkansas Constitution]] states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.
 
[[Article 5, Arkansas Constitution#Section 4|Article 5, Section 4]] of the [[Arkansas Constitution]] states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.
  
 
===Vacancies===
 
===Vacancies===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
 
:: ''See also: [[How vacancies are filled in state legislatures]]''{{Vacancies map}}
  
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==Redistricting==
 
==Redistricting==
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Arkansas]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Redistricting in Arkansas]]''
  
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===2010 census===
 
===2010 census===
 
 
The Census Bureau releases population data to Arkansas the week of February 7, 2011.  Arkansas' population increased by 9.1 percent to 2,926,229 between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www.thecitywire.com/index.php?q=node/13243 ''The City Wire'' "Census: Arkansas population up 9.1%," December 21, 2010]</ref> On July 29, 2011, the Board of Apportionment approved new state legislative maps by a 2-1 vote along party lines.  The number of majority-minority districts in the House was reduced from 13 to 11.
 
The Census Bureau releases population data to Arkansas the week of February 7, 2011.  Arkansas' population increased by 9.1 percent to 2,926,229 between 2000 and 2010.<ref>[http://www.thecitywire.com/index.php?q=node/13243 ''The City Wire'' "Census: Arkansas population up 9.1%," December 21, 2010]</ref> On July 29, 2011, the Board of Apportionment approved new state legislative maps by a 2-1 vote along party lines.  The number of majority-minority districts in the House was reduced from 13 to 11.
  
==Representatives==
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==Representatives==  
     
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===Partisan composition===
 
===Partisan composition===
 
:: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state houses]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Partisan composition of state houses]]''
 
{{arhousepartisan}}
 
{{arhousepartisan}}
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Arkansas State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.<br>
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[[File:Partisan composition of the Arkansas State House.PNG]]
  
 
===Leadership===
 
===Leadership===
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====Current leadership====
 
====Current leadership====
 
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
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|-
 
|-
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Position
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! colspan="3" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current Leadership, Arkansas House of Representatives
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Representative
+
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
+
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State Speaker of the House]] || [[Robert Moore (Arkansas)|Robert Moore]] || {{blue dot}}
+
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Office
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Representative
 +
!style="background-color:#666; color: white;" |Party
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State House Speaker Pro Tempore]] || [[Bobby Pierce]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State Speaker of the House]] || [[Davy Carter]] || {{red dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State House Majority Leader]] || [[Johnnie Roebuck]] || {{blue dot}}
+
| [[State House Speaker Pro Tempore]] || [[Darrin Williams]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|-
 
|-
| [[State House Minority Leader]] || [[John Burris]] || {{red dot}}
+
| [[State House Majority Leader]] || [[Bruce Westerman]] || {{red dot}}
 +
|-
 +
| [[State House Minority Leader]] || [[Greg Leding]] || {{blue dot}}
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
===Salaries===
 
===Salaries===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[Comparison of state legislative salaries]]''
 
:: ''See also: [[Comparison of state legislative salaries]]''
  
As of 2012, members of the Arkansas House of Representatives are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=20117 ''National Conference of State Legislatures'', "2010 Legislator Compensation Data"]</ref>
+
As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.<ref>[http://www.ncsl.org/legislatures-elections/legisdata/2012-ncsl-legislator-compensation-data.aspx ''NCSL.org'', "2012 State Legislator Compensation and Per Diem Table," accessed March 18, 2013]</ref>
  
The $4,088/month that Arkansas representatives are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $14,765/year that they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The per diem has also increased from 2007 levels of $130 per day.<ref>[http://www.empirecenter.org/html/legislative_salaries.cfm ''Empire Center'', "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"]</ref>
+
The $15,869/year that Arkansas legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $14,765/year that they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The per diem has also increased from 2007 levels of $130 per day.<ref>[http://www.empirecenter.org/html/legislative_salaries.cfm ''Empire Center'', "Legislative Salaries Per State as of 2007"]</ref>
  
 
===When sworn in===
 
===When sworn in===
 
 
:: ''See also: [[When state legislators assume office after a general election]]
 
:: ''See also: [[When state legislators assume office after a general election]]
  
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===Current members===
 
===Current members===
 
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{| class="wikitable sortable"
+
 
|-
 
|-
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | District
+
! colspan="4" style="background-color:#444; color: white;" |''Current members, Arkansas House of Representatives
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Representative
+
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Party
+
! style="background-color:#00008B; color: white;" | Residence
+
 
|-
 
|-
| width="70px" |1
+
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | District
| width="150px" | [[Mary P. Hickerson]]
+
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Representative
| width="100px" | [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Party
| width="150px" |
+
! style="background-color:#666; color: white;" | Assumed office
 +
 
 +
|-
 +
|1
 +
| [[Mary P. Hickerson]]
 +
| {{red dot}}
 +
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|2
 
|2
| [[Larry Cowling]]     
+
| [[Lane Jean]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Foreman, Arkansas|Foreman]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|3
 
|3
| [[David Powers]]       
+
| [[Brent Talley]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|[[sunshinereview:North Hope, Arkansas|North Hope]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|4  
 
|4  
| [[Lane Jean]]     
+
| [[Fonda Hawthorne]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|5
 
|5
 
| [[David Fielding]]       
 
| [[David Fielding]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|6  
 
|6  
 
| [[Matthew Shepherd]]     
 
| [[Matthew Shepherd]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|7
 
|7
| [[Garry Smith, Arkansas Representative|Garry Smith]]   
+
| [[John Baine]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Camden, Arkansas|Camden]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|8
 
|8
 
| [[Jeff R. Wardlaw]]       
 
| [[Jeff R. Wardlaw]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|9
 
|9
| [[Eddie Cheatham]]   
+
| [[Sheilla E. Lampkin]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Crossett, Arkansas|Crossett]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|10
 
|10
| [[Sheilla E. Lampkin]]     
+
| [[Mike Holcomb]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|11
 
|11
| [[Efrem Elliott]]  
+
| [[Mark McElroy]]    
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|12
 
|12
| [[Robert Moore (Arkansas)|Robert Moore]]     
+
| [[Chris Richey]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Arkansas City, Arkansas|Arkansas City]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|13
 
|13
| [[Clark Hall]]       
+
| [[David Hillman]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Marvell, Arkansas|Marvell]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-  
 
|-  
 
|14
 
|14
| [[Tiffany Rogers]]   
+
| [[Walls McCrary]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Stuttgart, Arkansas|Stuttgart]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|15
 
|15
| [[Walls McCrary]]   
+
| [[Ken Bragg]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Lonoke, Arkansas|Lonoke]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|16
 
|16
 
| [[James Word]]       
 
| [[James Word]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Pine Bluff, Arkansas|Pine Bluff]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|17
 
|17
 
| [[Henry Wilkins, IV]]
 
| [[Henry Wilkins, IV]]
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|18
 
|18
| [[Toni Bradford]]     
+
| [[Richard Womack]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Pine Bluff, Arkansas|Pine Bluff]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|19
 
|19
| [[Bobby Pierce]]     
+
| [[Nate Steel]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Sheridan, Arkansas|Sheridan]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|20
 
|20
| [[Johnnie Roebuck]]   
+
| [[Nate Bell]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Arkadelphia, Arkansas|Arkadelphia]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|21
 
|21
| [[Nate Steel]]
+
| [[Terry Rice]]
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|22
 
|22
| [[Nate Bell]]   
+
| [[Bruce Westerman]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|23
 
|23
| [[Randy Stewart, Arkansas Representative|Randy Stewart]]   
+
| [[Ann Clemmer]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Kirby, Arkansas|Kirby]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|24
 
|24
 
| [[Bruce Cozart]]
 
| [[Bruce Cozart]]
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Hot Springs, Arkansas|Hot Springs]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|25
 
|25
 
| [[John T. Vines]]       
 
| [[John T. Vines]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|26
 
|26
| [[Loy Mauch]]     
+
| [[David Kizzia]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|27
 
|27
 
| [[Andy Mayberry]]   
 
| [[Andy Mayberry]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|28
 
|28
 
| [[Kim Hammer]]     
 
| [[Kim Hammer]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|29
 
|29
| [[Ann Clemmer]]   
+
| [[Fredrick Love]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Benton, Arkansas|Benton]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|30
 
|30
| [[Bruce Westerman]]       
+
| [[Charles Armstrong]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|31
 
|31
| [[David J. Sanders]]
+
| [[Andy Davis]]
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|32
 
|32
 
| [[Allen Kerr]]   
 
| [[Allen Kerr]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Little Rock, Arkansas|Little Rock]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|33
 
|33
| [[Fred Allen]]     
+
| [[Warwick Sabin]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Little Rock, Arkansas|Little Rock]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|34
 
|34
 
| [[John W. Walker]]
 
| [[John W. Walker]]
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|35
 
|35
| [[Fredrick Love]]       
+
| [[John Edwards, Arkansas Representative|John Edwards]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|36
 
|36
 
| [[Darrin Williams]]   
 
| [[Darrin Williams]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Little Rock, Arkansas|Little Rock]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|37
 
|37
| [[Kathy Webb]]       
+
| [[Eddie Armstrong, III]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Little Rock, Arkansas|Little Rock]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|38
 
|38
| [[John Edwards, Arkansas Representative|John Edwards]]   
+
| [[Patti Julian]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Little Rock, Arkansas|Little Rock]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|39
 
|39
| [[Tracy Steele]]  
+
| [[Mark Lowery]]  
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|40
 
|40
| [[Barry Hyde]]       
+
| [[Douglas House]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:North Little Rock, Arkansas|North Little Rock]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|41
 
|41
| [[Ed Garner]]       
+
| [[Jim Nickels]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Maumelle, Arkansas|Maumelle]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|42
 
|42
| [[Elizabeth English]]  
+
| [[Mark Perry]]  
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:North Little Rock, Arkansas|North Little Rock]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|43
 
|43
| [[Jim Nickels]]     
+
| [[Davy Carter]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Sherwood, Arkansas|Sherwood]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|44
 
|44
| [[Mark Perry]]       
+
| [[Joe Farrer]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Jacksonville, Arkansas|Jacksonville]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|45
 
|45
| [[Linda Tyler]]       
+
| [[Jeremy Gillam]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Conway, Arkansas|Conway]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|46
 
|46
| [[David Meeks]]       
+
| [[Mark Biviano]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|47
 
|47
| [[Stephen Meeks]]   
+
| [[Jody Dickinson]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|48
 
|48
| [[Davy Carter]]     
+
| [[Reginald Murdock]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Cabot, Arkansas|Cabot]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|49
 
|49
| [[Jeremy Gillam]]  
+
| [[Marshall Wright]]  
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|50
 
|50
| [[Mark Biviano]]     
+
| [[Fred Smith (Arkansas)|Fred Smith]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{green dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|51
 
|51
| [[Marshall Wright]]     
+
| [[Deborah Ferguson]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|52
 
|52
| [[Reginald Murdock]]   
+
| [[John Hutchison]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|53
 
|53
| [[Keith Ingram]]     
+
| [[Homer Lenderman]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:West Memphis, Arkansas|West Memphis]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|54
 
|54
| [[Hudson Hallum]]
+
| [[Wes Wagner]]
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
|{{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Marion, Arkansas|Marion]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|55
 
|55
| [[Tommy Baker]]   
+
| [[Monte Hodges]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Osceola, Arkansas|Osceola]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|56
 
|56
| [[Buddy Lovell]]     
+
| [[Joe Jett]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Marked Tree, Arkansas|Marked Tree]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|57
 
|57
| [[Jerry Brown, Arkansas Representative|Jerry Brown]]   
+
| [[Mary Broadaway]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Wynne, Arkansas|Wynne]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|58
 
|58
| [[Jody Dickinson]]  
+
| [[Harold Copenhaver]]  
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Newport, Arkansas|Newport]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|59
 
|59
| [[Josh Johnston]]   
+
| [[Butch Wilkins]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|60
 
|60
| [[Tommy Thompson (Arkansas candidate)|Tommy Thompson]]
+
| [[James Ratliff]]
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|61
 
|61
| [[John Catlett]]     
+
| [[Scott Baltz]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|62
 
|62
| [[Terry Rice]]   
+
| [[Tommy Wren]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Waldron, Arkansas|Waldron]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|63
 
|63
| [[Denny Altes]]   
+
| [[James McLean]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|64
 
|64
| [[Stephanie Malone]]   
+
| [[John Payton]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fort Smith, Arkansas|Fort Smith]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|65
 
|65
| [[Tracy Pennartz]]   
+
| [[Tommy Thompson, Arkansas|Tommy Thompson]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fort Smith, Arkansas|Fort Smith]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|66
 
|66
| [[Gary Deffenbaugh]]     
+
| [[Josh Miller]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|67
 
|67
| [[Gary Stubblefield]]   
+
| [[Stephen Meeks]]   
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|68
 
|68
| [[Andrea Lea]]         
+
| [[Robert E. Dale]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Russellville, Arkansas|Russellville]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|69
 
|69
 
| [[Betty Overbey]]   
 
| [[Betty Overbey]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|70
 
|70
| [[Robert Dale]]       
+
| [[David Meeks]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Dover, Arkansas|Dover]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|71
 
|71
| [[Tommy Wren]]     
+
| [[Andrea Lea]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|72
 
|72
| [[James McLean]]       
+
| [[Steve Magie]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Batesville, Arkansas|Batesville]]
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|73
 
|73
| [[James Ratliff]]         
+
| [[John Catlett]]         
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|74
 
|74
| [[Butch Wilkins]]     
+
| [[Jon S. Eubanks]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Bono, Arkansas|Bono]]
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|75
 
|75
| [[Jon Hubbard]]     
+
| [[Charlotte Vining Douglas]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|76
 
|76
| [[Homer Lenderman]]       
+
| [[Denny Altes]]       
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|77
 
|77
| [[Charolette Wagner]]   
+
| [[Stephanie Malone]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Manila, Arkansas|Manila]]
+
| 2009
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|78
 
|78
| [[Billy Gaskill]]   
+
| [[George McGill]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
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| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Paragould, Arkansas|Paragould]]
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| 2013
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|-
 
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|79
 
|79
| [[Mike Patterson]]     
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| [[Gary Deffenbaugh]]     
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Piggott, Arkansas|Piggott]]
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| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|80
 
|80
| [[Linda Collins-Smith]]         
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| [[Charlene Fite]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
|  
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|81
 
|81
| [[Karen Hopper]]       
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| [[Justin T. Harris]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Mountain Home, Arkansas|Mountain Home]]
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| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|82
 
|82
| [[Lori Benedict]]     
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| [[Bill Gossage]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
|  
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|83
 
|83
| [[Leslee Milam Post]]         
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| [[David L. Branscum]]         
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
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| {{blue dot}}
|  
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| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|84
 
|84
| [[Jon S. Eubanks]]         
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| [[Charlie Collins]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|85
 
|85
| [[John Burris]]       
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| [[David Whitaker]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Harrison, Arkansas|Harrison]]
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| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|86
 
|86
| [[Kelley Linck]]     
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| [[Greg Leding]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{blue dot}}
|  
+
| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|87
 
|87
| [[Justin T. Harris]]         
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| [[Jonathan Barnett]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|88
 
|88
| [[Uvalde Lindsey]]   
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| [[Randy Alexander]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Fayetteville, Arkansas|Fayetteville]]
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|89
 
|89
| [[Charlie Collins]]           
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| [[Micah Neal]]           
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|90
 
|90
| [[David L. Branscum]]           
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| [[Les Carnine]]           
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|91
 
|91
| [[Bryan King]]         
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| [[Dan Douglas]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Green Forest, Arkansas|Green Forest]]
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|92
 
|92
| [[Greg Leding]]   
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| [[Mary Slinkard]]   
| [[Image:Bluedot.png]] Democrat
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| {{red dot}}
|  
+
| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|93
 
|93
| [[Jon Woods]]         
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| [[Jim Dotson]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Springdale, Arkansas|Springdale]]
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|94
 
|94
| [[Les Carnine]]       
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| [[Debra Hobbs]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Rogers, Arkansas|Rogers]]
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| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|95
 
|95
| [[Duncan Baird]]     
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| [[Sue Scott]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Lowell, Arkansas|Lowell]]
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| 2013
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|-
 
|-
 
|96
 
|96
| [[Debra Hobbs]]           
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| [[Duncan Baird]]           
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Rogers, Arkansas|Rogers]]
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| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|97
 
|97
| [[Jonathan Barnett]]     
+
| [[Bob Ballinger]]     
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
+
| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:West Siloam Springs, Arkansas|West Siloam Springs]]
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| 2013
 +
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|98
 
|98
| [[Donna Hutchinson]]  
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| [[John Burris]]  
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Bella Vista, Arkansas|Bella Vista]]
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| 2009
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|-
 
|-
 
|99
 
|99
| [[Tim Summers]]         
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| [[Kelley Linck]]         
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Bentonville, Arkansas|Bentonville]]
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| 2011
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|-
 
|-
 
|100
 
|100
| [[Mary Slinkard]]       
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| [[Karen Hopper]]       
| [[Image:Reddot.png]] Republican
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| {{red dot}}
| [[sunshinereview:Gravette, Arkansas|Gravette]]
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| 2009
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
==Standing committees==
 
==Standing committees==
  
Arkansas House of Representatives has ten standing committees:
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The Arkansas House of Representatives has eleven standing committees:
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* [[Advanced Communications and Information Technology, Arkansas House of Representatives|Advanced Communications and Information Technology]]
 
* [[Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
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* [[Management Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Management Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Rules Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
 
* [[Rules Committee, Arkansas House of Representatives]]
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==History==
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===Partisan balance 1992-2013===
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::''See also: [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States]] and [[Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Arkansas]]''
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[[File:Arkansas legislature pie chart 1992-2013.png|thumb|Partisan breakdown of the Arkansas legislature from 1992-2013]]
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From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Arkansas State House of Representatives for the first 21 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last year. The Arkansas State House is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. The final year of the study depicted a shift in the Arkansas House of Representatives which changed to Republican control for the first time.
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Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.
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Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.
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The chart below shows the partisan composition of the [[Governor of Arkansas|Office of the Governor of Arkansas]], the [[Arkansas State Senate]] and the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]] from 1992-2013.
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[[File:Partisan composition of Arkansas state government(1992-2013).PNG]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
{{wikipedia}}
 
{{wikipedia}}
 
* [http://www.arkansas.gov/house/index.html Official Website of the Arkansas House of Representatives]
 
* [http://www.arkansas.gov/house/index.html Official Website of the Arkansas House of Representatives]
*[http://www.arkansashouse.org/members Official list of the current members of the Arkansas House of Representatives]
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* [http://www.arkansashouse.org/members Official list of the current members of the Arkansas House of Representatives]
* [http://www.votesmart.org/official_state_legislator.php?type=office&state_id=AR&criteria=lower Project Vote Smart on the Arkansas House of Representatives]
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==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 10:43, 11 July 2013

Arkansas House of Representatives

Seal of Arkansas.svg.png
General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   3 terms (6 years)
2014 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
Leadership
House Speaker:  Davy Carter, (R)
Majority Leader:   Bruce Westerman, (R)
Minority leader:   Greg Leding, (D)
Structure
Members:  100
   Democratic Party (

48)
Republican Party (

51)
Green Party(1)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art 5, Arkansas Constitution
Salary:   $15,362/year + $136/day
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (100 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014 (100 seats)
Redistricting:   Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas Legislature
The Arkansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arkansas State Legislature. The House of Representatives consists of 100 members elected from 100 districts, which are apportioned on a one-person, one-vote basis. Each member represents an average of 29,159 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 26,734 residents. [2] The House convenes in regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd-numbered year to begin the legislative session.

In Arkansas, representatives serve two-year terms with a three term limit.

As of April 2014, Arkansas is one of 14 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.

Sessions

Article V of the Arkansas Constitution establishes when the Arkansas General Assembly, of which the House is a part, is to convene. Section 5 of Article V establishes the beginning date for regular sessions, but this date has been changed by law (as Section 5 allows). Under the law, the Arkansas legislature convenes its regular session on the second Monday in January of every odd numbered year. The fiscal session is convened on the second Monday in February of every even numbered year. [3]

Section 17 of Article V limits the length of sessions to sixty days, unless extended by a two-thirds vote of each legislative house.

2013

See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.

Major issues

Major issues during the 2013 legislative session included an agreement on expanding the Medicaid program by providing private insurance for low-income residents, a two percent increase in per-student funding for public schools and a bill that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls.[4] During the first budget negotiations of the year, the Joint Budget Committee rejected a pay increase for elected officials.[5]

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the House of Representatives was in session from February 13 to March 13.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the House of Representatives was in session from January 10 to April 27.

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

In 2010, the House of Representatives convened for its Fiscal Session, meeting from February 8th to March 4th.

Ethics and transparency

Open States Transparency

See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Arkansas was given a grade of A in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data is to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A -- Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[6]

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives were held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. All 100 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for the elections was March 1, 2012 and the primary date was May 22, 2012.

Arkansas state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than three two-year terms. In 2012, there were 23 state representatives who were termed-out.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.

2010

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Representative were held in Arkansas on November 2, 2010. State house seats in all 100 districts were on the ballot in 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates who wished to run in these elections was March 8, 2010, and the primary election day was May 18, 2010.

In 2010, candidates running for the House raised a total of $5,568,912 in campaign contributions. Their top 10 contributors were: [7]

2008

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2008

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 20, 2008 and a general election on November 4, 2008.

During the 2008 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $5,071,811. The top 10 contributors were:[8]

2006

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2006

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 5, 2006 and a general election on November 7, 2006.

During the 2006 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $4,666,062. The top 10 contributors were:[9]

2004

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2004

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 18, 2004 and a general election on November 2, 2004.

During the 2004 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $3,956,366. The top 10 contributors were:[10]

2002

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2002

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 21, 2002 and a general election on November 5, 2002.

During the 2002 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $2,775,317. The top 10 contributors were:[11]

2000

See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2000

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives consisted of a primary election on May 23, 2000 and a general election on November 7, 2000.

During the 2000 election, the total contributions to House candidates was $2,748,032. The top 10 contributors were:[12]

Qualifications

Article 5, Section 4 of the Arkansas Constitution states: No person shall be a Senator or Representative who, at the time of his election, is not a citizen of the United States, nor any one who has not been for two years next preceding his election, a resident of this State, and for one year next preceding his election, a resident of the county or district whence he may be chosen. Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age, and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

Vacancies

See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the House, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay[13]. For all special elections involving House seats, the County Board of Election Commissioners representing the vacant district must conduct the election[14]. All special elections must be held on the second Tuesday of each month. The only other dates an election can be held if the second Tuesday of the month falls on a legal holiday or is in June during an even-numbered year[15].

Redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Arkansas

The Arkansas Board of Apportionment is responsible for redistricting at the state legislative level. This is one of 11 commissions nationwide that are responsible for redistricting.

2010 census

The Census Bureau releases population data to Arkansas the week of February 7, 2011. Arkansas' population increased by 9.1 percent to 2,926,229 between 2000 and 2010.[16] On July 29, 2011, the Board of Apportionment approved new state legislative maps by a 2-1 vote along party lines. The number of majority-minority districts in the House was reduced from 13 to 11.

Representatives

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of April 2014
     Democratic Party 48
     Republican Party 51
     Green Party 1
Total 100


The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Arkansas State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Arkansas State House.PNG

Leadership

The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body and is elected every two years by the membership. Duties on the Speaker include preserving order and decorum, deciding all questions of order, assigning committee leadership, and naming Members to select committees. The Speaker also appoints a Speaker Pro Tempore and may appoint Assistant Speakers Pro Tempore to assist in leadership duties.[17]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Arkansas House of Representatives
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Davy Carter Ends.png Republican
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Darrin Williams Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Leader Greg Leding Electiondot.png Democratic

Salaries

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Arkansas legislature are paid $15,869 per year. They are also given per diem of $136 per day (in voucher form) plus mileage tied to the federal rate.[18]

The $15,869/year that Arkansas legislators are paid as of 2011 is an increase over the $14,765/year that they were paid during legislative sessions in 2007. The per diem has also increased from 2007 levels of $130 per day.[19]

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Arkansas legislators assume office on the first day of session. This is on the second Monday of January.

Current members

Current members, Arkansas House of Representatives
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Mary P. Hickerson Ends.png Republican 2011
2 Lane Jean Ends.png Republican 2011
3 Brent Talley Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
4 Fonda Hawthorne Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
5 David Fielding Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
6 Matthew Shepherd Ends.png Republican 2011
7 John Baine Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
8 Jeff R. Wardlaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
9 Sheilla E. Lampkin Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
10 Mike Holcomb Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
11 Mark McElroy Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
12 Chris Richey Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
13 David Hillman Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
14 Walls McCrary Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
15 Ken Bragg Ends.png Republican 2013
16 James Word Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
17 Henry Wilkins, IV Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
18 Richard Womack Ends.png Republican 2013
19 Nate Steel Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
20 Nate Bell Ends.png Republican 2011
21 Terry Rice Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
22 Bruce Westerman Ends.png Republican 2011
23 Ann Clemmer Ends.png Republican 2009
24 Bruce Cozart Ends.png Republican 2011
25 John T. Vines Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
26 David Kizzia Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
27 Andy Mayberry Ends.png Republican 2011
28 Kim Hammer Ends.png Republican 2011
29 Fredrick Love Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
30 Charles Armstrong Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
31 Andy Davis Ends.png Republican 2013
32 Allen Kerr Ends.png Republican 2009
33 Warwick Sabin Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
34 John W. Walker Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
35 John Edwards Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
36 Darrin Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
37 Eddie Armstrong, III Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
38 Patti Julian Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
39 Mark Lowery Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Douglas House Ends.png Republican 2013
41 Jim Nickels Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
42 Mark Perry Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
43 Davy Carter Ends.png Republican 2009
44 Joe Farrer Ends.png Republican 2013
45 Jeremy Gillam Ends.png Republican 2011
46 Mark Biviano Ends.png Republican 2011
47 Jody Dickinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
48 Reginald Murdock Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
49 Marshall Wright Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
50 Fred Smith Begins.png Green Party 2013
51 Deborah Ferguson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
52 John Hutchison Ends.png Republican 2013
53 Homer Lenderman Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
54 Wes Wagner Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
55 Monte Hodges Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
56 Joe Jett Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
57 Mary Broadaway Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
58 Harold Copenhaver Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
59 Butch Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
60 James Ratliff Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
61 Scott Baltz Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
62 Tommy Wren Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
63 James McLean Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
64 John Payton Ends.png Republican 2013
65 Tommy Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
66 Josh Miller Ends.png Republican 2013
67 Stephen Meeks Ends.png Republican 2011
68 Robert E. Dale Ends.png Republican 2009
69 Betty Overbey Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
70 David Meeks Ends.png Republican 2011
71 Andrea Lea Ends.png Republican 2009
72 Steve Magie Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
73 John Catlett Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
74 Jon S. Eubanks Ends.png Republican 2011
75 Charlotte Vining Douglas Ends.png Republican 2013
76 Denny Altes Ends.png Republican 2011
77 Stephanie Malone Ends.png Republican 2009
78 George McGill Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
79 Gary Deffenbaugh Ends.png Republican 2011
80 Charlene Fite Ends.png Republican 2013
81 Justin T. Harris Ends.png Republican 2011
82 Bill Gossage Ends.png Republican 2013
83 David L. Branscum Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
84 Charlie Collins Ends.png Republican 2011
85 David Whitaker Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
86 Greg Leding Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
87 Jonathan Barnett Ends.png Republican 2009
88 Randy Alexander Ends.png Republican 2013
89 Micah Neal Ends.png Republican 2013
90 Les Carnine Ends.png Republican 2009
91 Dan Douglas Ends.png Republican 2013
92 Mary Slinkard Ends.png Republican 2009
93 Jim Dotson Ends.png Republican 2013
94 Debra Hobbs Ends.png Republican 2009
95 Sue Scott Ends.png Republican 2013
96 Duncan Baird Ends.png Republican 2009
97 Bob Ballinger Ends.png Republican 2013
98 John Burris Ends.png Republican 2009
99 Kelley Linck Ends.png Republican 2011
100 Karen Hopper Ends.png Republican 2009

Standing committees

The Arkansas House of Representatives has eleven standing committees:

It also has two select committees:

History

Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Arkansas
Partisan breakdown of the Arkansas legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Arkansas State House of Representatives for the first 21 years while the Republicans were the majority for the last year. The Arkansas State House is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013. The final year of the study depicted a shift in the Arkansas House of Representatives which changed to Republican control for the first time.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Senate and the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Arkansas state government(1992-2013).PNG

External links

References