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| 1st || [[Johnny Key]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[Randy Laverty]]  
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| 2nd || [[Randy Laverty]] || {{blue dot}}
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| [[Ruth Whitaker]]  
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| 3rd |[[Ruth Whitaker]] |{{red dot}}
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| [[Michael Lamoureux]]  
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| 4th || [[Michael Lamoureux]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[Stephanie Flowers]]  
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| 5th || [[Stephanie Flowers]] || {{blue dot}}
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| [[Bruce Holland]]  
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| 6th || [[Bruce Holland ]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[Sue Madison]]  
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| 7th || [[Sue Madison]] || {{blue dot}}
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| 8
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| [[Cecile Bledsoe]]  
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| 8th || [[Cecile Bledsoe]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[Kim Hendren]]  
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| 9th || [[Kim Hendren]] || {{red dot}}
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| 10th || [[Missy Thomas Irvin]] || {{red dot}}
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| [[Missy Thomas Irvin]]  
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| 11th || [[Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator|Robert Thompson]] || {{blue dot}}
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| [[Robert Thompson, Arkansas Senator|Robert Thompson]]  
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| 12th || [[David Wyatt]] || {{blue dot}}
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| 13th || [[Jake C. Files]] || {{red dot}}
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| 14th || [[Paul Bookout]] || {{blue dot}}
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| 15th || [[David Burnett]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 16th || [[Jack Crumbly]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 17th || [[Jim Luker]] || {{blue dot}}   
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| 18th || [[Jason Rapert]] || {{red dot}}   
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| [[Jason Rapert]]  
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| 19th || [[Bill Sample]] || {{red dot}}  
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| 20th || [[Larry Teague]] || {{blue dot}}   
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| [[Larry Teague]]  
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| 21st || [[Steve Harrelson]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 22nd ||  [[Jeremy Hutchinson]] || {{red dot}}  
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| 23rd || [[Jerry Taylor]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| [[Jerry Taylor]]  
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| 24th || [[Jimmy Jeffress]]|| {{blue dot}}  
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| 25th || [[Harmon Jeffress]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 26th || [[Percy Malone]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| [[Percy Malone]]  
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| 27th || [[Mike Fletcher]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 28th || [[Eddie Joe Williams]] || {{red dot}}  
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| [[Eddie Joe Williams]]  
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| 29th || [[Jonathan Dismang]] || {{red dot}}  
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| 30th || [[Gilbert Baker]] || {{red dot}}  
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| [[Gilbert Baker]]  
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| 31st || [[Mary Salmon]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| [[Mary Salmon]]  
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| 32nd || [[David Johnson (Arkansas legislator)|David Johnson]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 33rd || [[Joyce Elliott]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 34th || [[Linda Pondexter Chesterfield]] || {{blue dot}}  
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| 35th || [[Bill Pritchard]] || {{red dot}}   
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Revision as of 15:12, 8 January 2013

Arkansas State Senate

Seal of Arkansas.svg.png
General Information
Type:   Upper house
Term limits:   2 terms (8 years)
2015 session start:   January 14, 2013
Website:   Official Senate Page
Leadership
Senate President:   Paul Bookout, (D)
Majority Leader:   Robert Thompson, (D)
Minority Leader:   Ruth Whitaker, (R)
Structure
Members:  35
   Democratic Party (11)
Republican Party (24)
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:   Art 8, Section 3, Arkansas Constitution
Salary:   $15,362/year
Elections
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (35 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Redistricting:  Arkansas Board of Apportionment
Meeting place:
Arkansas State Senate Chamber.jpg
The Arkansas State Senate is the upper house of the Arkansas General Assembly. There are 35 state senators; each represents an average of 83,312 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 76,383 residents.[2] Service in the state legislature is part-time.

Sessions

Article V of the Arkansas Constitution establishes when the Arkansas General Assembly, of which the Senate 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.

2012

See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Senate was in session from February 13 to March 13.

2011

See also: Dates of 2011 state legislative sessions

In 2011, the Senate was in session from January 10 to April 27.

2010

See also: Dates of 2010 state legislative sessions

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

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senate were held in Arkansas on November 6, 2012. A total of 35 seats were up for election. Although Arkansas senators typically serve four-year terms, they are elected to a two-year term during the first election of the decade. Thus, rather than only half of all senators being up for election, all sitting members were on the ballot in November. The signature filing deadline was March 1, 2012, and the primary election was held on May 22, 2012.

Arkansas State Senators are subject to term limits and may serve no more than 2 four-year terms. In 2012, 10 Arkansas State Senators were termed-out.

2010

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Arkansas State Senator were held in Arkansas on November 2, 2010. State senate seats in 17 of the 35 districts were on the ballot in 2010. The 17 districts where electoral contests took place in 2010 are: 5, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 34 and 35.

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

According to Article 5 of the Arkansas Constitution, Arkansas state senators are each elected to four-year terms with term limits.[4] However, in the first election after the census, all 35 seats were up for election. The Senators "shall divide themselves into two classes, by lot, and the first class shall hold their places for two years only, after which all shall be elected for four years."

In 2010, candidates running for senate raised a total of $3,771,126 in campaign funds. Their top 10 contributors were: [5]

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
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If there is a vacancy in the Senate, the Governor must call for a special election in order to fill the vacancy. The election must be called by the Governor without delay[6]. For all special elections in the Senate, the county that first established the district is responsible for conducting the election[7].

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[8].

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Arkansas legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Arkansas Term Limits Initiative in 1992. That initiative said that Arkansas senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1992 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2000.[9]

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.[10] On July 29, 2011, the Board of Apportionment approved new state legislative maps by a 2-1 vote along party lines. Notably, the town of Alpena (pop. 392) was split up among three Senate districts.

Senators

Partisan composition

See also: Partisan composition of state senates


Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 11
     Republican Party 24
Total 35


Leadership

The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate but only casts a vote in the case of a tie. In the absence of the Lieutenant Governor, the President Pro Tempore presides over the daily session who is elected by full senate caucus and is also the chief leadership position in the majority caucus.[11]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Arkansas State Senate
Office Representative Party
President Pro Tempore of the Senate Paul Bookout Electiondot.png Democratic
Assistant President Pro Tempore - 1st District David Wyatt Electiondot.png Democratic
Assistant President Pro Tempore - 2nd District Linda Pondexter Chesterfield Electiondot.png Democratic
Assistant President Pro Tempore - 3rd District Kim Hendren Electiondot.png Democratic
Assistant President Pro Tempore - 4th District Jerry Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Leader Robert Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Majority Whip Joyce Elliott Electiondot.png Democratic
State Senate Minority Leader Ruth Whitaker Ends.png Republican
State Senate Minority Whip Michael Lamoureux Ends.png Republican

Salaries

As of 2012, members of the Arkansas State Senate 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 senators are paid as of 2010 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

Current members, Arkansas State Senate
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Johnny Key Ends.png Republican 2009
2 Randy Laverty Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
3 Ruth Whitaker Ends.png Republican 2001
4 Michael Lamoureux Ends.png Republican 2009
5 Stephanie Flowers Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
6 Bruce Holland Ends.png Republican 2011
7 Sue Madison Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
8 Cecile Bledsoe Ends.png Republican 2009
9 Kim Hendren Ends.png Republican 2003
10 Missy Thomas Irvin Ends.png Republican 2011
11 Robert Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
12 David Wyatt Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
13 Jake C. Files Ends.png Republican 2011
14 Paul Bookout Electiondot.png Democratic 2006
15 David Burnett Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
16 Jack Crumbly Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
17 Jim Luker Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
18 Jason Rapert Ends.png Republican 2011
19 Bill Sample Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Larry Teague Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
21 Steve Harrelson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
22 Jeremy Hutchinson Ends.png Republican 2011
23 Jerry Taylor Electiondot.png Democratic 2005
24 Jimmy Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
25 Harmon Jeffress Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
26 Percy Malone Electiondot.png Democratic 2001
27 Mike Fletcher Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
28 Eddie Joe Williams Ends.png Republican 2011
29 Jonathan Dismang Ends.png Republican 2011
30 Gilbert Baker Ends.png Republican 2001
31 Mary Salmon Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
32 David Johnson Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
33 Joyce Elliott Electiondot.png Democratic 2009
34 Linda Pondexter Chesterfield Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
35 Bill Pritchard Ends.png Republican 2007

Senate committees

The Arkansas Senate has the following nine standing committees:

It also has two select committees:

There is one senate interim committee as well.

History

Women in the Senate

Hattie Wyatt Caraway of Arkansas was the first woman to be elected to the Senate. She was appointed in 1931 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of her husband, Senator Thaddeus Caraway. She was then elected in 1932, and again in 1938 and served until 1945. Since then, 38 women have served in the U.S. Senate.[14][15]

External links

References