Arkansas House of Representatives

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Arkansas House of Representatives

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   3 terms (6 years)
2015 session start:   February 13, 2012
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  Robert Moore, (D)
Majority Leader:   Johnnie Roebuck, (D)
Minority Leader:   John Burris, (R)
Members:  100
   Democratic Party (36)
Republican Party (64)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art 5, Arkansas Constitution
Salary:   $15,362/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 2, 2010 (100 seats)
Next election:  November 6, 2012 (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 2010, the House convened for a Fiscal Session, and it was in session from February 8th to March 4th.[3]

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


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. [4]

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


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

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

Major issues

The main issue taken up by legislators will be 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.[5]


See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

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


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.



See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas House of Representatives will be held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. All 100 seats will be 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 are 23 state representatives who will be termed-out.


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: [6]

Donor Amount
Arkansas Health Care Associations $177,750
Stephens Group $113,372
Arkansas Realtors Association $85,350
Arkansas Republican Party $79,473
Arkansas Democratic Party $75,250
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association $73,000
Wal-Mart $72,250
Entergy $57,750
Bryant, L J $53,045
Arkansas Medical Society $51,950


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.


See also: 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[7]. For all special elections involving House seats, the County Board of Election Commissioners representing the vacant district must conduct the election[8]. 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[9].


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.[10] 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.


Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state houses
Party As of May 2015
     Democratic Party 36
     Republican Party 64
Total 100


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.[11]

Current leadership

Position Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Robert Moore Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Bobby Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Leader John Burris Ends.png Republican


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.[12]

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.[13]

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

District Representative Party Residence
1 Mary P. Hickerson Reddot.png Republican
2 Larry Cowling Bluedot.png Democrat Foreman
3 David Powers Bluedot.png Democrat North Hope
4 Lane Jean Reddot.png Republican
5 David Fielding Bluedot.png Democrat
6 Matthew Shepherd Reddot.png Republican
7 Garry Smith Bluedot.png Democrat Camden
8 Jeff R. Wardlaw Bluedot.png Democrat
9 Eddie Cheatham Bluedot.png Democrat Crossett
10 Sheilla E. Lampkin Bluedot.png Democrat
11 Efrem Elliott Bluedot.png Democrat
12 Robert Moore Bluedot.png Democrat Arkansas City
13 Clark Hall Bluedot.png Democrat Marvell
14 Tiffany Rogers Bluedot.png Democrat Stuttgart
15 Walls McCrary Bluedot.png Democrat Lonoke
16 James Word Bluedot.png Democrat Pine Bluff
17 Henry Wilkins, IV Bluedot.png Democrat
18 Toni Bradford Bluedot.png Democrat Pine Bluff
19 Bobby Pierce Bluedot.png Democrat Sheridan
20 Johnnie Roebuck Bluedot.png Democrat Arkadelphia
21 Nate Steel Bluedot.png Democrat
22 Nate Bell Reddot.png Republican
23 Randy Stewart Bluedot.png Democrat Kirby
24 Bruce Cozart Reddot.png Republican Hot Springs
25 John T. Vines Bluedot.png Democrat
26 Loy Mauch Reddot.png Republican
27 Andy Mayberry Reddot.png Republican
28 Kim Hammer Reddot.png Republican
29 Ann Clemmer Reddot.png Republican Benton
30 Bruce Westerman Reddot.png Republican
31 David J. Sanders Reddot.png Republican
32 Allen Kerr Reddot.png Republican Little Rock
33 Fred Allen Bluedot.png Democrat Little Rock
34 John W. Walker Bluedot.png Democrat
35 Fredrick Love Bluedot.png Democrat
36 Darrin Williams Bluedot.png Democrat Little Rock
37 Kathy Webb Bluedot.png Democrat Little Rock
38 John Edwards Bluedot.png Democrat Little Rock
39 Tracy Steele Bluedot.png Democrat
40 Barry Hyde Bluedot.png Democrat North Little Rock
41 Ed Garner Reddot.png Republican Maumelle
42 Elizabeth English Reddot.png Republican North Little Rock
43 Jim Nickels Bluedot.png Democrat Sherwood
44 Mark Perry Bluedot.png Democrat Jacksonville
45 Linda Tyler Bluedot.png Democrat Conway
46 David Meeks Reddot.png Republican
47 Stephen Meeks Reddot.png Republican
48 Davy Carter Reddot.png Republican Cabot
49 Jeremy Gillam Reddot.png Republican
50 Mark Biviano Reddot.png Republican
51 Marshall Wright Bluedot.png Democrat
52 Reginald Murdock Bluedot.png Democrat
53 Keith Ingram Bluedot.png Democrat West Memphis
54 Hudson Hallum Bluedot.png Democrat Marion
55 Tommy Baker Bluedot.png Democrat Osceola
56 Buddy Lovell Bluedot.png Democrat Marked Tree
57 Jerry Brown Bluedot.png Democrat Wynne
58 Jody Dickinson Bluedot.png Democrat Newport
59 Josh Johnston Reddot.png Republican
60 Tommy Thompson Bluedot.png Democrat
61 John Catlett Bluedot.png Democrat
62 Terry Rice Reddot.png Republican Waldron
63 Denny Altes Reddot.png Republican
64 Stephanie Malone Reddot.png Republican Fort Smith
65 Tracy Pennartz Bluedot.png Democrat Fort Smith
66 Gary Deffenbaugh Reddot.png Republican
67 Gary Stubblefield Reddot.png Republican
68 Andrea Lea Reddot.png Republican Russellville
69 Betty Overbey Bluedot.png Democrat
70 Robert Dale Reddot.png Republican Dover
71 Tommy Wren Bluedot.png Democrat
72 James McLean Bluedot.png Democrat Batesville
73 James Ratliff Bluedot.png Democrat
74 Butch Wilkins Bluedot.png Democrat Bono
75 Jon Hubbard Reddot.png Republican
76 Homer Lenderman Bluedot.png Democrat
77 Charolette Wagner Bluedot.png Democrat Manila
78 Billy Gaskill Bluedot.png Democrat Paragould
79 Mike Patterson Bluedot.png Democrat Piggott
80 Linda Collins-Smith Reddot.png Republican
81 Karen Hopper Reddot.png Republican Mountain Home
82 Lori Benedict Reddot.png Republican
83 Leslee Milam Post Bluedot.png Democrat
84 Jon S. Eubanks Reddot.png Republican
85 John Burris Reddot.png Republican Harrison
86 Kelley Linck Reddot.png Republican
87 Justin T. Harris Reddot.png Republican
88 Uvalde Lindsey Bluedot.png Democrat Fayetteville
89 Charlie Collins Reddot.png Republican
90 David L. Branscum Reddot.png Republican
91 Bryan King Reddot.png Republican Green Forest
92 Greg Leding Bluedot.png Democrat
93 Jon Woods Reddot.png Republican Springdale
94 Les Carnine Reddot.png Republican Rogers
95 Duncan Baird Reddot.png Republican Lowell
96 Debra Hobbs Reddot.png Republican Rogers
97 Jonathan Barnett Reddot.png Republican West Siloam Springs
98 Donna Hutchinson Reddot.png Republican Bella Vista
99 Tim Summers Reddot.png Republican Bentonville
100 Mary Slinkard Reddot.png Republican Gravette

Standing committees

Arkansas House of Representatives has ten standing committees:

It also has two select committees:

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