Martha Shoffner

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Martha Shoffner
Arkansas State Treasurer
In office
January 9, 2007 – May 21, 2013[1]
Governor Mike Bebee
Preceded by Gus Wingfield
Succeeded by Charles Robinson
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 79
In office
Personal details
Born 1944/1945 (age 69–70)[1]
Political party Democratic
Residence Jackson County, Arkansas
Alma mater Memphis State University

Arkansas State University

Profession Real Estate
Religion Presbyterian

Martha Shoffner is the former state treasurer of Arkansas. A Democrat, she was first elected in 2006,[2] taking office in January 2007. She was re-elected in 2010.[3][4]


Shoffner was born and raised in Jackson County.[2] Born to a farmer and a school teacher, she graduated from Newport High School and attended Memphis State University and Arkansas State University. She started working in advertising.[2] and is also a licensed real estate agent.


She was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1996.[5] After being term limited, she was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for the state auditor.[6] In 2005, Shoffner announced her candidacy for state treasurer on the steps of the Jackson County Courthouse. After being outspent almost 3-to-1[citation needed] Shoffner was elected to the office in 2006.[2]


On May 18, 2013, the FBI arrested Shoffner on a charge of extortion,[7] Following her release on bail, Shoffner resigned as Arkansas State Treasurer on May 21, 2013.[1]

She was subsequently indicted on June 5, 2013 by a Federal Grand Jury on six counts of extortion under color of official right, one count of attempted extortion under color of official right, and seven counts of receipt of a bribe by an agent of a state government receiving federal funds.[8] She was convicted of all counts on March 11, 2014 by a jury of seven women and five men. [9]