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|Position = Arkansas State Senate District 21
 
|Position = Arkansas State Senate District 21
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|First elected = November 6, 2012
 
|First elected = November 6, 2012
 
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|2 terms (8 years)]]
 
|Term limits = [[State legislatures with term limits|2 terms (8 years)]]
|Next election = November 4, 2014
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|Prior office = Arkansas House of Representatives
 
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}}{{tnr}}'''Paul Bookout''' (b. June 30, 1962) is a [[Democratic]] member of the [[Arkansas State Senate]], representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in April of 2006. He served as [[President Pro Tempore]].
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}}{{tnr}}'''Paul Bookout''' (b. June 30, 1962) is a former [[Democratic]] member of the [[Arkansas State Senate]], representing District 21 from April 2006 to August 21, 2013. He served as President Pro Tempore from 2011-2013. He resigned after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items.<ref>[http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/20/2740259/ark-lawmaker-no-updates-about.html ''thenewstribune.com'', "Arkansas lawmaker steps down from Senate seat," August 20, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Bookout served in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]] from 1998 to 2004.
 
Bookout served in the [[Arkansas House of Representatives]] from 1998 to 2004.
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==Personal==
 
==Personal==
 
Bookout has a wife, Sheryl.
 
Bookout has a wife, Sheryl.
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==Controversies==
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===Ethics violations===
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A report by the Arkansas Ethics Commission concluded that Bookout transferred $18,000 from his campaign fund to his personal bank account, and spent $5,043 on women's clothing and accessories, $8,402 for home theater equipment and installation, and $1,305 for golf equipment. The Commission's report stated that Bookout violated four Arkansas campaign finance laws. Bookout resigned on August 20, 2013, on the same day a special prosecutor was appointed to his case to determine whether or not charges could be filed.<ref>[http://www.thenewstribune.com/2013/08/20/2740259/ark-lawmaker-no-updates-about.html ''thenewstribune.com'', "Arkansas lawmaker steps down from Senate seat," August 20, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Recent news==
 
==Recent news==
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Revision as of 12:07, 21 August 2013

Paul Bookout
Bookout p.jpg
Arkansas State Senate District 21
Former Member
In office
2006-August 20, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President Pro Tempore
2011-2013
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Prior offices
Arkansas House of Representatives
1998-2004
Education
Bachelor'sArkansas State University
Personal
ProfessionFuneral Director
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Paul Bookout (b. June 30, 1962) is a former Democratic member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 21 from April 2006 to August 21, 2013. He served as President Pro Tempore from 2011-2013. He resigned after he was fined $8,000 by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for spending campaign funds on personal items.[1]

Bookout served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1998 to 2004.

Biography

Bookout's previous professional experience includes working as a funeral director.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Arkansas Committee Assignments, 2013
Legislative Council, Chair
Public Health, Welfare and Labor, Vice Chair
Efficiency, Vice Chair
Joint Budget
Insurance and Commerce
Joint Energy
Game and Fish Commission Oversight
Economic and Tax Policy
Legislative Joint Auditing

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bookout served on these committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012

Bookout ran for re-election in the 2012 election for Arkansas Senate, District 21. Bookout ran unopposed in the May 22 Democratic primary and ran unopposed in the general election on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

2010

See also: Arkansas State Senate elections, 2010

Bookout won re-election to the 14th district seat in 2010. He ran uncontested.[5]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bookout won election to the 14th District Seat in the Arkansas State Senate, running unopposed in the general election.[6]

Bookout raised $51,458 for his campaign.[7]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bookout is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Bookout raised a total of $267,350 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 6, 2013.[8]

Paul Bookout's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Arkansas State Senate, District 21 Won $80,950
2010 Arkansas State Senate, District 14 Won $105,850
2008 Arkansas State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $0
2006 Arkansas State Senate, District 14 Won $51,458
2002 Arkansas State House, District 75 Won $12,325
2000 Arkansas State House, District 87 Won $16,767
Grand Total Raised $267,350

2012

Bookout won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bookout raised a total of $80,950.
Arkansas State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Bookout's campaign in 2012
Stephens Group$3,000
Wal-Mart$2,250
Cashe River Valley Seed$2,000
At&T$2,000
Arkansas Health Care Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2012$80,950
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Bookout won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Bookout raised a total of $105,850.

2006

Bookout won re-election to the Arkansas State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Bookout raised a total of $51,458.

2002

Bookout won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2002. During that election cycle, Bookout raised a total of $12,325.

2000

Bookout won re-election to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 2000. During that election cycle, Bookout raised a total of $16,767.

Scorecard

Arkansas’s Freedom Scorecard

The Advance Arkansas Institute, an Arkansas-based nonprofit research and educational organization, released "Arkansas's Freedom Scorecard" in 2012 and 2013. The scorecard seeks to show how Arkansas legislators voted on the principles the Institute seeks to promote. It measures each state legislator in six categories, which include economic freedom, education reform, good government, personal liberty, small government and tax/budget policy. Scores range from the highest score (100%) to the lowest (0%). A higher score indicates that the legislator voted more in favor of the values supported by the Institute.[9] Bookout received a score of 81% in the 2012 scorecard, ranking 14th out of 34 members of the Arkansas State Senate that were evaluated for the study.

Personal

Bookout has a wife, Sheryl.

Controversies

Ethics violations

A report by the Arkansas Ethics Commission concluded that Bookout transferred $18,000 from his campaign fund to his personal bank account, and spent $5,043 on women's clothing and accessories, $8,402 for home theater equipment and installation, and $1,305 for golf equipment. The Commission's report stated that Bookout violated four Arkansas campaign finance laws. Bookout resigned on August 20, 2013, on the same day a special prosecutor was appointed to his case to determine whether or not charges could be filed.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Harrelson (D)
Arkansas State Senate District 21
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Arkansas State Senate District 14
2006–2013
Succeeded by
Bill Sample (R)