Bill Gossage

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Bill Gossage
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Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
In office
January 14, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolCounty Line High School, 1975
Bachelor'sArkansas Tech University, 1979
Master'sUniversity of Arkansas
Office website
Campaign website
Bill Gossage is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 82. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Gossage earned his bachelor's degree in History and Political Science from Arkansas Tech University in 1979 and his master's degree in Counseling from the University of Arkansas. His professional experience includes working as an educator in various positions for 31 years.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Gossage served on the following committees:

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Advanced Communications and Information Technology
Joint Advanced Communications and Information Technology
Revenue and Taxation
Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs


Campaign themes


Gossage's campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Second Amendment Rights
Excerpt: "The right to keep and bear arms is designed to safeguard freedom so that no government can take away from you the rights which God has given you. Our Constitution is a sacred contract with the people that provides a means for us to keep ourselves safe and free."
  • Obamacare
Excerpt: "We have had such great healthcare in America because the markets have been successful in providing us with the best healthcare in the world."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Taxation in Arkansas controls the size of government because we are required to always have a balanced budget. If tax revenues decrease, so does state government. I support lowering of the income tax rates so that working Arkansans can take more money home to spend or save as they choose."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Arkansas has the potential to become a leader in economic growth. Our state has not had the reputation as a business friendly state and that has to change. Our citizens have a great work ethic, we have an improving education system, and we have great natural resources."
  • Life
Excerpt: "For those of us in the pro-life movement, the right to life is a foundational issue guaranteed in our Constitution. The concept of inalienable rights was that what God had given man, the government could not take away."



Gossage ran in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82. Gossage ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated Leslee Milam Post (D) in the November 6, 2012, general election.[2][3][4]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 82, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeslee Milam Post 63.5% 6,804
     Democratic Bill Gossage Incumbent 36.5% 3,909
Total Votes 10,713

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Gossage and his wife, Tonya, have one son and one granddaughter.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Lori Benedict (R)
Arkansas House of Representatives District 82
Succeeded by