Jake Files

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Jake C. Files
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 8th district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded by Cecile Bledsoe
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 13th district
In office
2011–2013
Succeeded by Alan Clark
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 12th district
In office
January 1999 – January 2003
Personal details
Born (1972-03-27) March 27, 1972 (age 44)
Norman, Oklahoma, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michaela Mitchell Files
Children Kate, Liz, and Bella Files
Residence Fort Smith
Sebastian County
Arkansas
Alma mater

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkansas State University
Occupation Businessman
Religion Southern Baptist

Jake C. Files (born March 27, 1972) is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate from District 8.[1] He is a resident of Fort Smith and represents a portion of Sebastian County in western Arkansas.[2]

Background[edit]

A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Files graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in accounting from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. Previously, he had attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.[1] He is the owner of FFH Construction, a general construction firm. From 1997 to 2004, he was the president and superintendent of the Fort Smith Christian School. Prior to that, he was hired to help start operations of the Baldor Electric Company plant in Ozark, Arkansas, as the accountant and materials manager. He and his wife, the former Michaela K. Mitchell (born 1977), have four children, Kate, Liz, Bella and Mitchell, and are active members of Grand Avenue Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist congregation in Fort Smith. The senator coaches Little League baseball and basketball.[2]

Political life[edit]

Files was elected to the state Senate in 2010. He serves on these Senate committees: Revenue & Taxation, Transportation, Technology, Legislative Affairs, Joint Budget, and Senate Efficiency. He is also a member of the Joint (House and Senate) Legislative Committee on Auditing. He is currently the Chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Committee.

His district number was switched through redistricting from District 13 to District 8, effective January 2013, and his district boundaries changed to include most of the city of Greenwood and Hackett. Parts of north Fort Smith were moved into another Senate district in that process as well.

Files has earned several awards during his tenure in the Arkansas State Senate including the Legislative Leadership Award from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce in 2011 and 2013 and 2015. He was honored with the Advocate of Justice award in 2011 from the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys. He has also received national recognition as the 2013 State Legislator of the Year from the Journal of Tax Credits. He was the 2013 and 2014 recipient of the Champion of Small Business award from the National Coalition of Capital.

From 1999 to 2003, Files served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 12 in Fort Smith.[2]

General Improvement Fund[edit]

Files has been accused by several companies of misusing the General Improvement Fund (GIF) to steer public funding that he controls to support payments to his nonprofit. According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Files has paid $150,000 from the GIF toward the building of a $1.6 million sports complex for the city of Forth Smith.[3] Files has been accused of submitting false bids for the project, a charge which he denies.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jake Files' Biography". votesmart.org. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Jake Files" (PDF). arkleg.state.ar.us. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Hammersly, Lisa (19 February 2017). "In dark on bids Arkansas senator submitted, companies say". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 20 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Jordan, Kate (February 20, 2017). "State Senator: Claims Of False Bids For Fort Smith Complex Aren't True". KFSM. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
Preceded by
Cecile Bledsoe
Arkansas State Senator from District 8 (Sebastian County)

Jake C. Files
2013–

Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Missing
Arkansas State Senator from District 13

Jake C. Files
2011–2013

Succeeded by
Alan Clark
Preceded by
Missing
Arkansas State Representative from District 12 (Fort Smith)

Jake C. Files
1999–2003

Succeeded by
Missing