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Revision as of 11:55, 5 August 2014

Nate Steel
Nate Steel.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Attorney General of Arkansas
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Arkansas House of Representatives District 19
In office
2011 -Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$15,869/year
Per diem$148/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits3 terms (6 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arkansas
J.D.University of Arkansas
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Nate Steel is a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Steel was a Democratic candidate for Attorney General of Arkansas in the 2014 elections. He ran unopposed in the primary election on May 20, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Steel earned his B.A. in Psychology and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas. His professional experience includes working as deputy prosecutor for the State of Arkansas, the vice president of Cossatot Community College and as a partner of Steel and Steel since 2007.

Committee assignments


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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development, Vice Chair
Joint Budget
Joint Performance Review


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



See also: Arkansas attorney general election, 2014

Steel ran for election to the office of Arkansas Attorney General. Steel ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the primary on May 20. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Race background

In December 2013, the attorney general race was given its second consecutive "toss-up" rating by Governing. In March 2013, the open seat - held by term-limited Democrat Dustin McDaniel - was first rated as vulnerable to partisan switch in the 2014 elections based on predictions that McDaniel's personal issues would cause a substantial number of voters to reevaluate their usual selection methods as well as the merits of electing a Republican attorney general next time around. Shortly before the March rating came out, McDaniel was exposed for philandering for the second time in his attorney general tenure. The scandal forced him to end a long-anticipated campaign for the governor's office, which was open in 2014 due to incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe hitting term limits.[1]

Ballot access for political parties
See also: Requirements to establish a political party in Arkansas

In Arkansas, the process to establish a political party is tied to the votes cast in a presidential or gubernatorial election. In order to initially put candidates on the ballot, political parties must submit a petition with 10,000 signatures. Then, in order to maintain that status beyond the election year in which they submit such a petition, their candidate for governor or president must receive at least three percent of the votes cast for that office.[2][3]

In 2012, both the Libertarian and Green Parties of Arkansas qualified to put candidates on the ballot, but then their candidates did not receive enough votes for the parties to maintain their ballot status. In the fall of 2013, both parties submitted new petitions and were qualified to put candidates on the 2014 ballot.[4][5][6] In order to maintain their status as political parties without needing to petition for the 2016 elections, their candidates for governor needed to receive at least 3 percent of the vote. Frank Gilbert (L) received 1.9 percent of the gubernatorial vote and Josh Drake (G) earned 1.1 percent of the vote.[7]

Primary election

Five candidates - three Republican, one Democratic and one Libertarian - filed for the election to replace McDaniel. A primary was held on May 20 to decide which of the three Republican hopefuls would move on to the general election with the party's nomination. It was a close contest between the race's two Little Rock lawyers, Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling, neither of whom received a sufficient share of the vote to avoid a primary runoff election on June 10.

Rutledge and Sterling both ran on their legal resumes and past efforts to support conservative causes. Rutledge claimed she was the more qualified candidate because she was “the only one with experience fighting crime, the only one with experience fighting the overreaching federal government.” Sterling, meanwhile, claimed his federal court experience made him the superior candidate, touting his ample courtroom experience. “The AG’s office is essentially Arkansas’ largest law firm, and I think that the voters want a serious and responsible and experienced attorney leading that law firm,” Sterling said.[8]

Rutledge ultimately defeated Sterling in the Republican primary runoff, earning over 58 percent of the vote.[9] She faced unopposed Democratic nominee Nate Steel and Libertarian Aaron Cash in the general election on November 4.

Questions over Rutledge's voter registration

Leslie Rutledge experienced several challenges to her general election campaign after the primary. In late September, Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane (D) revoked Rutledge's voter registration because she was also registered in Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Rutledge lambasted Crane's decision as a political maneuver and noted in an interview with the Arkansas News Bureau that "there are consequences related to gender when it comes to women in politics, particularly, we know, when they run for traditionally quote-unquote masculine offices, and the attorney general's office is one of those."[10]

The cancelled voter registration joined other accusations made against Rutledge's campaign since the June runoff. Documents from the Arkansas Department of Human Services were published, which revealed Rutledge was placed on a "do not rehire" list because of gross misconduct in 2007. She was also accused of illegal coordination with a super PAC related to her involvement in a Republican Attorneys General Association ad, though the state's ethics commission dismissed this accusation in February 2015.[10][11]


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Steel ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas House of Representatives, District 19. Steel ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and ran unchallenged in the November 6, 2012 general election as well.[12][13][14]


See also: Arkansas House of Representatives elections, 2010

Steel defeated Frank Scott in the May 18 primary. He then won unopposed in the November 2 general election..[15][16]

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 21 Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Nate Steel (D) 2,382
Frank Scott (D) 2,144

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Steel is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Steel raised a total of $57,765 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 7, 2013.[17]

Nate Steel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State House, District 19 Won $10,450
2010 Arkansas State House, District 21 Won $47,315
Grand Total Raised $57,765


Steel won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Steel raised a total of $10,450.
Arkansas House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Nate Steel's campaign in 2012
Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association$2,000
Arkansas Healthcare Association$1,000
Arkansas Pharmacists Association$600
Stephens Group$500
Total Raised in 2012$10,450
Source:Follow the Money


Steel won election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Steel raised a total of $47,315.


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Arkansas

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Arkansas scorecards, email suggestions to

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.


In 2013, the 89th Arkansas State Legislature was in session from January 14 through May 17.[18]

Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.
Legislators are scored on the bills specifically supported by Arkansas Learns.


Legislators are scored on their votes on the principles the Advance Arkansas Institute seeks to promote: free markets, individual liberty and limited transparent government.
Legislators are scored on the bills that the CFC found most important.


Steel is a 6th generation Arkansas lawyer.[19]

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  1. Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
  2. Arkansas Code, "Title 7, Section 1-101-21," accessed December 3, 2013
  3. Arkansas House Bill 2036, "An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Procedural Dates In Election; To Amend the Law Concerning Certain Petitions; And For Other Purposes," Approved April 18, 2013 (timed out)
  4. Libertarian Party of Arkansas Website, "History of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas," accessed December 5, 2013
  5. Green Party of Arkansas Website, "Ballot Access," accessed December 5, 2013
  6. Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, "New Political Party Petition--Green Party," November 6, 2013
  7. UALR Public Radio, "Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race," April 6, 2014
  8. Arkansas News, "GOP attorney general hopefuls to face off in Tuesday’s runoff election," June 7, 2014
  9., "Rutledge wins GOP nomination for attorney general," June 10, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Times Record, "Election 2014: Arkansas AG Candidate Claims Gender Bias," October 5, 2014
  11. Times Record, "Ethics Complaint Against Arkansas Attorney General Dismissed," January 24, 2015
  12. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Election Results 2012," accessed November 7, 2012
  13. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2012 Election candidates," March 8, 2012
  14. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed December 20, 2013
  15., "Primary results," accessed May 12, 2014
  16. Arkansas Secretary of State, "Official election results," accessed December 13, 2013
  17., "Steel, Nate," accessed August 7, 2013
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 1, 2014
  19. Nate Steel campaign website, "About," accessed February 11, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Bobby Pierce (D)
Arkansas House District 19
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Arkansas House District 21
Succeeded by
Terry Rice (R)