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John Thurston
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Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands
In office
January 11, 2011-Present
Term ends
Years in position 4
Base salary$54,304.80
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 lifetime terms
High schoolSheridan High School
Bachelor'sHenderson State University/Agape College
Place of birthLittle Rock, Arkansas
ProfessionCertified Religious Assistant, Arkansas state prison system
John Thurston (b. December 27, 1972, Little Rock, Arkansas) is the Republican Commissioner of State Lands for the state of Arkansas. He was first elected in 2010. Thurston was likely running for re-election in the 2014 elections.[1]


Before seeking elected office, Thurston worked as a Certified Religious Assistant in the Arkansas state prison system, as well as on the staff of Agape Church, West Little Rock, Alabama for 13 years.[2]

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Thurston graduated from Sheridan High School in 1991 and attended Henderson State University. He did not earn a bachelor's degree from that institution, but he later received his diploma in biblical studies from Agape College.[2]

Thurston was the first Republican to be elected Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands since the position was made an elected one in 1874. He was also elected vice president of the Western States Land Commissioners Association in 2013.[2]


  • Sheridan High School (1991)
  • attended Henderson State University
  • Diploma in Biblical Studies from Agape College[2]

Political career

Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands (2011-Present)

Thurston was sworn into the office of Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands on January 11, 2011.[3]



See also: Arkansas down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Thurston was a potential candidate for election to the Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands. His office is stated that he is planning to run for re-election, though as of August 13, 2013, he has not made an official announcement.[4] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Thurston was elected to the office of Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands on November 2, 2010, defeating Democratic candidate L.J. Bryant.[5]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Thurston is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Thurston raised a total of $28,677 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[6]

John Thurston's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Not up for election $0
2010 Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands Won $28,677
Grand Total Raised $28,677


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Political offices
Preceded by
Mark Wilcox
Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands
Succeeded by