Arkansas House of Representatives

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Arkansas House of Representatives
Arkansas General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type Lower house
Term limits 3 terms (6 years)
History
New session started January 14, 2013
Leadership
Speaker of the House Davy Carter, (R)
Since January 15, 2013
Speaker pro Tempore Darrin Williams, (D)
Since January 15, 2013
Majority Leader Bruce Westerman, (R)
Since January 15, 2013
Minority Leader Greg Leding, (D)
Since January 15, 2013
Structure
Seats 100
Arkansas House Arch 2012.svg
Political groups Republican Party (51)
Democratic Party (48)
Green Party (1)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article 8, Section 2, Arkansas Constitution
Salary $15,362/year + per diem
Elections
Last election November 6, 2012
(100 seats)
Next election November 4, 2014
(100 seats)
Redistricting Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas General Assembly
Meeting place
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House of Representatives Chamber
Arkansas State Capitol
Little Rock, Arkansas
Website
Arkansas House of Representatives

The Arkansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Arkansas. The House is composed of 100 members elected from an equal amount of constituencies across the state. Each district has an average population of 29,159 according to the 2010 federal census. Members are elected to two-year terms and, since the 1993 Amendment 73 to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to three terms.

The Arkansas House of Representatives meets annually, in regular session in odd number years and for a fiscal session in even number years, at the State Capitol in Little Rock.

Leadership of the House[edit]

The Speaker of the House presides over the body and is elected by the membership every two years. His or her duties include the supervision and directing the daily order of business, recognizing members to speak, preserving order in the House, deciding all questions of order and germaneness, certifying all measures passed, assigning committee leadership, and naming members to select committees. In the Speaker's absence, the Speaker Pro Tempore presides.

Leadership information[edit]

Position Name Party County District
  Speaker of the House Davy Carter Republican Lonoke 43
  Speaker pro tempore Darrin Williams Democratic Monroe/Lee/St. Francis 36
  Assistant Speakers pro tempore Reginald Murdock Democratic Jefferson/Lincoln 48
  Ann Clemmer Republican Saline 23
  Micah Neal Republican Washington 89
  Bruce Cozart Republican Garland 24

Floor Leaders[edit]

Position Name Party County District
  Majority Leader Bruce Westerman Republican Garland 22
  Minority Leader Greg Leding Democratic Washington 86

Current composition[edit]

Composition of the Arkansas State House
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
  Green Party
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Green Vacant
End of the 88th General Assembly 46 54 0 100 0
Beginning of the 89th General Assembly[1] 51 48 1 100 0
Latest voting share 51% 48% 1%

Current membership[edit]

Name Party District First elected Term-limited*
Alexander, RandyRandy Alexander Republican 88 2012 2018
Altes, DennyDenny Altes Republican 76 2008 2014
Armstrong, CharlesCharles Armstrong Democratic 30 2012 2018
Armstrong, EddieEddie Armstrong Democratic 37 2012 2018
Baine, JohnJohn Baine Democratic 7 2012 2018
Baird, DuncanDuncan Baird Republican 96 2008 2014
Ballinger, BobBob Ballinger Republican 97 2012 2018
Baltz, ScottScott Baltz Democratic 61 2012 2018
Barnett, JonathanJonathan Barnett Republican 87 2008 2014
Bell, NateNate Bell Republican 20 2010 2016
Biviano, MarkMark Biviano Republican 46 2010 2016
Bragg, KenKen Bragg Republican 15 2012 2018
Branscum, DavidDavid Branscum Republican 83 2010 2016
Broadaway, MaryMary Broadaway Democratic 57 2012 2018
Burris, JohnJohn Burris Republican 98 2008 2014
Carnine, SkipSkip Carnine Republican 90 2008 2014
Carter, DavyDavy Carter Republican 43 2008 2014
Catlett, JohnJohn Catlett Democratic 73 2010 2016
Clemmer, AnnAnn Clemmer Republican 23 2008 2014
Collins, CharlieCharlie Collins Republican 84 2010 2016
Copenhaver, HaroldHarold Copenhaver Democratic 58 2012 2018
Cozart, BruceBruce Cozart Republican 24 2011† 2018
Dale, RobertRobert Dale Republican 68 2008 2014
Davis, AndyAndy Davis Republican 31 2012 2018
Deffenbaugh, GaryGary Deffenbaugh Republican 79 2010 2016
Dickinson, JodyJody Dickinson Democratic 47 2008 2014
Dotson, JimJim Dotson Republican 93 2012 2018
Douglas, CharlotteCharlotte Douglas Republican 75 2012 2018
Douglas, DanDan Douglas Republican 91 2012 2018
Edwards, JohnJohn Edwards Democratic 35 2008 2014
Eubanks, JonJon Eubanks Republican 74 2010 2016
Farrer, JoeJoe Farrer Republican 44 2012 2018
Ferguson, DeborahDeborah Ferguson Democratic 51 2012 2018
Fielding, DavidDavid Fielding Democratic 5 2010 2016
Fite, CharleneCharlene Fite Republican 80 2012 2018
Gillam, JeremyJeremy Gillam Republican 45 2010 2016
Gossage, BillBill Gossage Republican 82 2012 2018
Hammer, KimKim Hammer Republican 28 2010 2016
Harris, JustinJustin Harris Republican 81 2010 2016
Hawthorne, FondaFonda Hawthorne Democratic 4 2012 2018
Hickerson, PrissyPrissy Hickerson Republican 1 2010 2016
Hillman, DavidDavid Hillman Democratic 13 2012 2018
Hobbs, DebraDebra Hobbs Republican 94 2008 2014
Hodges, MonteMonte Hodges Democratic 55 2012 2018
Holcomb, MikeMike Holcomb Democratic 10 2012 2018
Hopper, KarenKaren Hopper Republican 100 2008 2014
House, DouglasDouglas House Republican 40 2012 2018
Hutchison, John K.John K. Hutchison Republican 52 2012 2018
Jean, LaneLane Jean Republican 2 2010 2016
Jett, JoeJoe Jett Democratic 56 2012 2018
Julian, PattiPatti Julian Democratic 38 2012 2018
Kerr, AllenAllen Kerr Republican 32 2008 2014
Kizzia, DavidDavid Kizzia Democratic 26 2012 2018
Lampkin, SheilaSheila Lampkin Democratic 9 2010 2016
Lea, AndreaAndrea Lea Republican 71 2008 2014
Leding, GregGreg Leding Democratic 86 2010 2016
Lenderman, HomerHomer Lenderman Democratic 53 2010 2016
Linck, KelleyKelley Linck Republican 99 2010 2016
Love, FredrickFredrick Love Democratic 29 2010 2016
Lowery, MarkMark Lowery Republican 39 2012 2018
Magie, StephenStephen Magie Democratic 72 2012 2018
Malone, StephanieStephanie Malone Republican 77 2008 2014
Mayberry, AndyAndy Mayberry Republican 27 2010 2016
McCrary, WallsWalls McCrary Democratic 14 2008 2014
McElroy, MarkMark McElroy Democratic 11 2012 2018
McGill, GeorgeGeorge McGill Democratic 78 2012 2018
McLean, JamesJames McLean Democratic 63 2008 2014
Meeks, DavidDavid Meeks Republican 70 2010 2016
Meeks, StephenStephen Meeks Republican 67 2010 2016
Miller, JoshJosh Miller Republican 66 2012 2018
Murdock, ReginaldReginald Murdock Democratic 48 2010 2016
Neal, MicahMicah Neal Republican 89 2012 2018
Nickels, JimJim Nickels Democratic 41 2008 2014
Overbey, BettyBetty Overbey Democratic 69 2010 2016
Payton, JohnJohn Payton Republican 64 2012 2018
Perry, MarkMark Perry Democratic 42 2008 2014
Ratliff, JamesJames Ratliff Democratic 60 2010 2016
Rice, TerryTerry Rice Republican 21 2008 2014
Richey, ChrisChris Richey Democratic 12 2012 2018
Sabin, WarwickWarwick Sabin Democratic 33 2012 2018
Scott, SueSue Scott Republican 95 2012 2018
Shepherd, MatthewMatthew Shepherd Republican 6 2010 2016
Slinkard, Mary LouMary Lou Slinkard Republican 92 2008 2014
Smith, FrederickFrederick Smith Green 50 2012 2018
Steel, NateNate Steel Democratic 19 2010 2016
Talley, BrentBrent Talley Democratic 3 2012 2018
Thompson, TommyTommy Thompson Democratic 65 2010 2016
Vines, JohnJohn Vines Democratic 25 2010 2016
Wagner, WesWes Wagner Democratic 54 2012 2018
Walker, JohnJohn Walker Democratic 34 2010 2016
Wardlaw, JeffJeff Wardlaw Democratic 8 2010 2016
Westerman, BruceBruce Westerman Republican 22 2010 2016
Whitaker, DavidDavid Whitaker Democratic 85 2012 2018
Wilkins, ButchButch Wilkins Democratic 59 2008 2014
Wilkins, HankHank Wilkins Democratic 17 2008 2014
Williams, DarrinDarrin Williams Democratic 36 2008 2014
Womack, RichardRichard Womack Republican 18 2012 2018
Word, JamesJames Word Democratic 16 2008 2014
Wren, TommyTommy Wren Democratic 62 2010 2016
Wright, MarshallMarshall Wright Democratic 49 2010 2016

* Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives may only serve three consecutive terms. This column indicates the year in which they will be barred from seeking re-election. † Elected in a special election.

Committees[edit]

The House has 10 Standing Committees:

CLASS A

  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Public Health, Welfare & Labor
  • Public Transportation
  • Revenue and Taxation

CLASS B

  • Aging, Children & Youth, Legislative & Military Affairs
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development
  • City, County and Local Affairs
  • Insurance and Commerce
  • State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEES

  • Rules
  • House Management

JOINT COMMITTEES

  • Budget
  • Energy
  • Performance Review
  • Public Retirement and Social Security Programs
  • Advanced Communication and Information Technology

CURRENT COMMITTEES INCLUDE: [2]

Each Representative serves on two Standing Committees, and each committee has 20 members. Standing Committee chairmen and vice-chairmen are selected from respective committee rosters by the Speaker.

Two Select Committees operate exclusively within the House. Members of the committees are appointed by the Speaker. The House Select Committees are the House Committee on Rules and the House Management Committee.

The Committee on Rules considers all proposed action touching the House rules, the joint rules and the order of business. The Committee also considers all legislation dealing with alcohol, cigarettes, tobacco, tobacco products, coin operated amusement devices, vending machines, lobbying, code of ethics, pari-mutuel betting and similar legislation.

The House Management Committee works with the Speaker of the House to direct and oversee operations of the House of Representatives. Its duties include the hiring and supervision of the House Staff, the development of personnel policies and procedures, and the monitoring of facility usage and maintenance.

Representatives also serve on five committees that operate jointly with the Senate. They are Joint Budget, Joint Retirement and Social Security Programs, Joint Energy, Joint Performance Review and Joint Committee on Advanced, Communications and Information Technology

House members of the Joint Budget Committee are chosen by their peers from respective caucus districts. House members on other Joint Committees are appointed to their positions by the Speaker.

History[edit]

John Wilson, the speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, stabbed Representative J. J. Anthony to death during a legislative debate on the floor of the chamber in 1837. Wilson was later acquitted. The Old State House is said to be haunted to this day.[3]

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