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Missy Thomas Irvin
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Arkansas State Senate District 18
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$136/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas State Senate District 10
High schoolMount Saint Mary Academy (1989)
Bachelor'sRandolph-Macon Woman's College (1993)
Date of birthFebruary 12, 1971
Office website
Missy Thomas Irvin (b. February 12, 1971) is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 18. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Irvin earned her High School Diploma from Mount Saint Mary Academy in 1989 and her B.A. in Dance, Political Science, and Communications from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1993. Her professional experience includes working in Advertising and Marketing for Tipton and Hurst, Inc., as Marketing Director for Stone County Ironworks, in Sales and Marketing for Calico Rock Ironworks, as Director of Dance/Adjunct Professor of Dance at Hendrix College of Conway, Arkansas, and as Director of Marketing for Irvin-Dibrell Clinic from 2003 to 2010.

Irvin was a volunteer for Ronald Reagan for President in 1980. She also volunteered for Sheffield Nelson for Governor in 1989. In 1994, she was Special Events Director/Assistance Finance Director for Sheffield Nelson for Governor. She then served as Primary Campaign Manager for Bob Thomas for Congress in 2000.

Committee assignments


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
City, County and Local Affairs, Chair
Joint Energy, Vice Chair
Legislative Council
Joint Budget
Public Health, Welfare and Labor


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Irvin served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Irvin's campaign website lists the following views:

  • Rural Health Care
Excerpt: "Preserving and strengthening the 10th District’s health care system is one of my top three priorities. Our hospitals, clinics, doctors, and nurse practitioners struggle to provide good health care under diminishing reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Rural school districts have many challenges they face, which are very different from urban and suburban areas of our state. One size does not fit all."
  • Pro Life
Excerpt: "...I will not waiver on the sanctity of life. I am pro-life."
  • Pro Family
Excerpt: "I believe the family is the basis of society. When it is broken, then society is broken. Today, the family has deteriorated into a splintered, fractioned entity that results in hurt, pain and a hazardous life for all involved. "
  • Tax Reform and Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "I believe that the people of Arkansas deserve to have their tax dollars managed by trustworthy, capable and fiscally responsible elected officials."
  • Economic and Industrial Development
Excerpt: "I support privatization of government services provided control of the activity rests with the government agency, and government agencies are free to bid."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: "Americans are all immigrants in any given family history. But the law is the law, and we should uphold it. I believe that, as a nation of laws, the integrity of our immigration system is undermined by the flagrant disregard of our laws by those who illegally enter our country."[1]



See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Irvin ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 18. Irvin ran unopposed in the May 22 Republican primary and defeated William White (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

Arkansas State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMissy Thomas Irvin Incumbent 65.1% 22,290
     Democratic William "Zac" White 24.6% 8,412
     Independent Paul White 10.3% 3,540
Total Votes 34,242


See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Irvin defeated Paul White in the May 18 primary. She then defeated Curren Everett in the November 2 general election.[5][6]

Arkansas State Senate, District 10 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Missy Thomas Irvin (R) 14,865
Curren Everett (D) 10,204
Arkansas State Senate, District 10 Republican Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Missy Thomas Irvin (R) 1,381
Paul White (R) 1,290

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Irvin raised $67,921 in contributions. [7]

Her five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Irvin, Missy Thomas $4,000
Prince, Cheri $2,000
Balentine, Paul $2,000
Mountaire Corp $2,000
Arkansas Republican Party $2,000


Irvin and her husband, John Dawson Irvin, have four children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jason Rapert (R)
Arkansas State Senate District 18
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Paul Miller
Arkansas State Senate District 10
Succeeded by
Larry Teague (D)