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:   January 14, 2013
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)
Vacant (1)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art 5, Arkansas Constitution
Salary:   $15,362/year + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (100 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
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.


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.


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

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


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 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.


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: [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.


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[5]. For all special elections involving House seats, the County Board of Election Commissioners representing the vacant district must conduct the election[6]. 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[7].


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.[8] 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 March 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.[9]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Arkansas House of Representatives
Office 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.[10]

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.[11]

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 Larry Cowling Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
3 David Powers Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
4 Lane Jean Ends.png Republican 2011
5 David Fielding Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
6 Matthew Shepherd Ends.png Republican 2011
7 Garry Smith Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
8 Jeff R. Wardlaw Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
9 Eddie Cheatham Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
10 Sheilla E. Lampkin Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
11 Efrem Elliott Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
12 Robert Moore Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
13 Clark Hall Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
14 Tiffany Rogers Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
15 Walls McCrary Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
16 James Word Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
17 Henry Wilkins, IV Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
18 Toni Bradford Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
19 Bobby Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
20 Johnnie Roebuck Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
21 Nate Steel Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
22 Nate Bell Ends.png Republican 2011
23 Randy Stewart Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
24 Bruce Cozart Ends.png Republican 2011
25 John T. Vines Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
26 Loy Mauch Ends.png Republican 2011
27 Andy Mayberry Ends.png Republican 2011
28 Kim Hammer Ends.png Republican 2011
29 Ann Clemmer Ends.png Republican 2009
30 Bruce Westerman Ends.png Republican 2011
31 David J. Sanders Ends.png Republican 2011
32 Allen Kerr Ends.png Republican 2009
33 Fred Allen Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
34 John W. Walker Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
35 Fredrick Love Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
36 Darrin Williams Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
37 Kathy Webb Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
38 John Edwards Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
39 Tracy Steele Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
40 Barry Hyde Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
41 Ed Garner Ends.png Republican 2007
42 Elizabeth English Ends.png Republican 2009
43 Jim Nickels Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
44 Mark Perry Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
45 Linda Tyler Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
46 David Meeks Ends.png Republican 2011
47 Stephen Meeks Ends.png Republican 2011
48 Davy Carter Ends.png Republican 2009
49 Jeremy Gillam Ends.png Republican 2011
50 Mark Biviano Ends.png Republican 2011
51 Marshall Wright Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
52 Reginald Murdock Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
53 Keith Ingram Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
54 Vacant
55 Tommy Baker Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
56 Buddy Lovell Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
57 Jerry Brown Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
58 Jody Dickinson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
59 Josh Johnston Ends.png Republican 2011
60 Tommy Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
61 John Catlett Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
62 Terry Rice Ends.png Republican 2009
63 Denny Altes Ends.png Republican 2011
64 Stephanie Malone Ends.png Republican 2009
65 Tracy Pennartz Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
66 Gary Deffenbaugh Ends.png Republican 2011
67 Gary Stubblefield Ends.png Republican 2011
68 Andrea Lea Ends.png Republican 2009
69 Betty Overbey Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
70 Robert Dale Ends.png Republican 2009
71 Tommy Wren Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
72 James McLean Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
73 James Ratliff Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
74 Butch Wilkins Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
75 Jon Hubbard Ends.png Republican 2011
76 Homer Lenderman Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
77 Charolette Wagner Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
78 Billy Gaskill Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
79 Mike Patterson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
80 Linda Collins-Smith Ends.png Republican 2011
81 Karen Hopper Ends.png Republican 2009
82 Lori Benedict Ends.png Republican 2011
83 Leslee Milam Post Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
84 Jon S. Eubanks Ends.png Republican 2011
85 John Burris Ends.png Republican 2009
86 Kelley Linck Ends.png Republican 2011
87 Justin T. Harris Ends.png Republican 2011
88 Uvalde Lindsey Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
89 Charlie Collins Ends.png Republican 2011
90 David L. Branscum Ends.png Republican 2011
91 Bryan King Ends.png Republican [2007
92 Greg Leding Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
93 Jon Woods Ends.png Republican 2007
94 Les Carnine Ends.png Republican 2009
95 Duncan Baird Ends.png Republican 2009
96 Debra Hobbs Ends.png Republican 2009
97 Jonathan Barnett Ends.png Republican 2009
98 Donna Hutchinson Ends.png Republican 2007
99 Tim Summers Ends.png Republican 2009
100 Mary Slinkard Ends.png Republican 2009

Standing committees

Arkansas House of Representatives has ten standing committees:

It also has two select committees:

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