List of people from Arkansas

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This is a list of people from Arkansas. Individuals on this list are either native-born Arkansans or emigrants who have chosen Arkansas as their permanent home.

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E–G[edit]

  • Lance Eads (born c. 1968), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Washington County since 2015; unseated Randy Alexander in 2014 Republican primary
  • Les Eaves (born c. 1967), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for White County since 2015
  • Joycelyn Elders (born 1933), former Surgeon General of the United States
  • Jane English (born 1940), member of the Arkansas State Senate from North Little Rock since 2013; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Jon Eubanks (born 1951), state representative for Logan County since 2011
  • Joe Farrer (born 1962), state representative from Lonoke County
  • Orval Eugene Faubus (1910–1994), governor 1955–1967
  • Kenneth B. Ferguson (born c. 1951), Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Jefferson and Lincoln Counties since 2015
  • Jake Files (born 1972), state senator from Fort Smith since 2011
  • Charlene Fite (born 1950), Republican state representative for Crawford County since 2013
  • Lanny Fite (born c. 1949), Republican state representative for Saline County since 2015, former county judge
  • Scott Flippo (born 1980), state senator from Baxter, Boone, and Marion Counties; businessman in Bull Shoals
  • Stephanie Flowers (born c. 1953), state senator from Pine Bluff and former state representative; attorney
  • Vivian Flowers (born c. 1969), state representative from Pine Bluff; diversity officer at the UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock
  • Clay Ford (1938–2013), member of both the Arkansas and Florida House of Representatives
  • Vince Foster (1945–1993), Presidential aide
  • Woody Freeman (born 1946), businessman and 1984 Republican gubernatorial nominee
  • J. William Fulbright (1905–1995), U.S. Senator
  • Augustus H. Garland (1832–1899), U.S. Attorney General
  • Jeremy Gillam (born 1976), Republican state representative from Lonoke County
  • Bill Gossage (born 1957), Republican state representative from Franklin County
  • John W. Grabiel (1867–1928), Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1922 and 1924
  • Michael John Gray (born c. 1976), Democratic member of the Arkansas House for Independence, Jackson, White, and Woodruff counties since 2015
  • Michelle Gray (born 1976), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representative for Independence, Izard, Sharp, and Stone counties since 2015
  • Leon Griffith (1936–2010), master plumber and the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1976; lost handily to David Pryor
  • Kenny Guinn (born 1936), Governor of Nevada 1999 to 2007; Arkansas native

H–K[edit]

  • Kim Hammer (born 1958), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Saline County; Baptist clergyman in Benton
  • John Paul Hammerschmidt (1922–2015), former U.S. Representative of Arkansas' 3rd congressional district; congressional sponsor of the Buffalo National River
  • Justin Harris (born 1975), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Washington and Crawford counties
  • Fonda F. Hawthorne (born 1956), Democratic former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Little River County
  • John Heiskell (1872–1972), US Senator and newspaper publisher
  • Kenneth Henderson (born c. 1963), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope County; real estate developer in Russellville
  • Jim Hendren (born 1963), member of the Arkansas State Senate from Benton County since 2013; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Kim Hendren (born 1938), former member of the Arkansas State Senate and the Arkansas House of Representatives from Benton County
  • Ben C. Henley (1907–1987), Arkansas state Republican chairman 1955–1962, lawyer and businessman in Harrison
  • J. Smith Henley (1917–1997), federal judge in Fayetteville, retired to senior status in Harrison; brother of Ben Henley
  • Bart Hester (born 1977), Arkansas state senator from Benton County
  • Prissy Hickerson (born 1951), Republican state representative from Texarkana; former member of the Arkansas Highway Commission, one of two women to have chaired the panel and namesake of Hickerson Highway in Texarkana
  • Jimmy Hickey, Jr. (born 1966), Arkansas state senator from Texarkana
  • Jerry E. Hinshaw (1917–2003), Republican state representative from Springdale 1981–1996
  • Grant Hodges (born c. 1991), Arkansas state representative for Benton County since 2015
  • Bruce Holland (born 1968), former state senator for Sebastian County
  • Harlan "Bo" Holleman (1927–1982), Republican party state chairman
  • Jim L. Holt (born 1965), Republican politician
  • Karen Hopper (born 1960), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Baxter County
  • Douglas House (born 1953), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Pulaski and Faulkner counties
  • Mike Huckabee (born 1955), governor 1996–2007
  • Q. Byrum Hurst (1918–2006), Hot Springs attorney and state senator 1950–1972
  • Asa Hutchinson (born 1950), former US representative
  • Donna Hutchinson (born 1949), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Benton County
  • Jeremy Hutchinson (born 1974), Arkansas state senator
  • Tim Hutchinson (born 1949), former US representative and former US senator
  • Timothy Chad Hutchinson (born 1974), former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Benton County
  • John K. Hutchison (born 1959), Arkansas former state representative from Poinsett, Craighead, Jackson, and Independence counties
  • Lane Jean (born 1958), Arkansas state representative from Columbia, Lafayette, and Miller counties; former mayor of Magnolia
  • Bob Johnson, Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pulaski County since 2013; former justice of the peace
  • James D. Johnson (1924–2010), Arkansas Supreme Court Justice, segregationist leader
  • Robert W. Johnson (1814–1879), U.S. and Confederate States Senator
  • Allen Kerr (born 1956), former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pulaski County
  • Johnny R. Key (born 1968), former member of the Arkansas State Senate for Baxter County

L–M[edit]

  • Jack Ladyman (born c. 1946), mechanical engineer and Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Craighead County since 2015
  • Benjamin Travis Laney (1896–1977), governor
  • Andrea Lea (born 1957), Arkansas State Auditor since 2015; Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Pope County
  • Tim Lemons (born c. 1962), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 43 in Lonoke County
  • Kelley Linck (born 1963), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Marion County
  • Blanche Lincoln (born 1960), former U.S. Senator and former U.S. Representative
  • Marilyn Lloyd (born 1929), former U.S. Representative from Tennessee
  • A. Lynn Lowe (1936–2010), former Arkansas Republican state chairman and unsuccessful nominee for U.S. House of Representatives (1966) and governor (1978)
  • Mark Lowery (born 1957), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Pulaski County since 2013
  • Robin Lundstrum (born c. 1962), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Benton and Washington counties since 2015
  • Stephanie Malone (born 1978), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Sebastian County since 2009
  • Mark R. Martin (born 1968), Secretary of State of Arkansas
  • Andy Mayberry (born 1970), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Saline County; author of the law banning abortion in Arkansas after twenty weeks of gestation[3]
  • Julie Mayberry (born c. 1971), wife of Andy Mayberry and his successor in the Arkansas House, effective January 2015
  • John L. McClellan (1896–1977), Chairman Senate Appropriations Committee
  • Mark McElroy (born c. 1955), Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representative for Desha, Chicot and Ashley counties since 2013
  • Sid McMath (1912–2003), former Arkansas Governor, trial lawyer, and Marine Corps General
  • Ron McNair (born c. 1950), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Boone and Carroll counties since 2015
  • David Meeks (born 1972), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Faulkner County
  • Stephen Meeks (born 1970), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Faulkner County; brother of David Meeks
  • Gary Miller (born 1948), U.S. Representative from California
  • Joshua D. "Josh" Miller (born 1981), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Heber Springs
  • Wilbur Daigh Mills (1909–1992), chairman of United States House Ways and Means Committee
  • Isaac Murphy (1799–1882), Governor of Arkansas

N–R[edit]

  • Micah Neal (born 1974), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Springdale
  • Milton Nicks (born c. 1950), state representative for Crittenden and Cross counties since 2015; Baptist pastor in Earle, resident of Marion, Arkansas
  • George E. Nowotny (born 1932), state representative from Sebastian County 1967–1972
  • Isaac Parker (1838–1896), "Hanging Judge" of Fort Smith
  • Danny L. Patrick (1941–2009), Republican state representative from Madison and Carroll counties 1967–1970
  • John Payton (born 1967), Republican state representative from White and Cleburne counties since 2013
  • Rebecca Petty (born c. 1970), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Benton County; advocate of child crime victims, resident of Rogers
  • Mathew Pitsch, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Fort Smith since 2015
  • Carolyn Pollan (born 1937), state representative from Sebastian County 1975–1999
  • David Pryor, US Senator, governor, US representative; founding dean of the Clinton School of Public Service
  • Mark Pryor (born 1963), U.S. Senator; son of David Pryor
  • Jim Ranchino (1936–1978), political scientist, consultant, and pollster
  • Pratt C. Remmel (1915–1991), only Republican to have been mayor of Little Rock in the 20th century, Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1954
  • Terry Rice (born 1954), Republican member of the Arkansas Senate, former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives; businessman and rancher in Waldron
  • Marcus Richmond (born 1956), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Scott County
  • Willis Ricketts (1924–2003), Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1962
  • Joseph T. Robinson (1872–1937), Senate Majority Leader and Vice Presidential candidate
  • Tommy F. Robinson (born 1942), sheriff, US representative
  • Winthrop Rockefeller (1912–1973), Governor of Arkansas
  • Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (1948–2006), lieutenant governor
  • Mike Ross (born 1961), U.S. Representative 2001–2013; unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial nominee in 2014
  • Laurie Rushing (born c. 1968), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Garland and Hot Spring counties since 2015; real estate broker in Hot Springs
  • J. T. Rutherford (born 1921), U.S. Representative from Texas

S–Z[edit]

  • William H. "Bill" Sample (born 1946), member of both houses of the Arkansas General Assembly from Hot Springs since 2005
  • David J. Sanders (born 1975), Arkansas state senator from Pulaski County; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders (born 1982), White House Press Secretary
  • Max Sandlin (born 1952), U.S. Representative from Texas
  • Monroe Schwarzlose (1902–1990), maverick gubernatorial candidate
  • Sue Scott (born 1954), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Rogers
  • William S. Sessions (born 1930), FBI Director
  • Ambrose H. Sevier (1801–1848), US Senator, "father of Arkansas statehood"
  • Lottie Shackelford, Democratic National Committee Vice Chair
  • Jim Sheets (born 1931), state representative 1967–1968; first Republican to represent Benton County in legislature in the 20th century
  • Mary Lou Slinkard (born 1943), state representative from Benton County since 2009
  • Brandt Smith (born 1959), state representative since 2015 for Craighead County; former Southern Baptist missionary
  • Jim L. Smithson (born 1943), state representative 1974–1984, mayor of Marshall
  • John W. Snyder (1895–1985), U.S. Treasury Secretary
  • Vic Snyder (born 1947), US Representative 1997–2011
  • Jim Sorvillo (born c. 1948), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 32 in Pulaski County
  • William L. Spicer (1918–1991), chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party 1962–1964; intraparty rival of Winthrop Rockefeller
  • Greg Standridge (born c. 1967), Arkansas state senator for Newton, Pope, Boone, Carroll, and Van Buren counties since 2015; insurance agent in Russellville
  • Gary Stubblefield (born 1951), Arkansas state senator from Franklin County
  • James Sturch (born c. 1990), Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Independence County since 2015
  • Dan A. Sullivan (born 1950), Arkansas state representative for Craighead and Greene counties since 2015
  • Jerry Thomasson (1931–2007), state representative 1962–1966; unsuccessful Republican candidate for state attorney general in 1966 and 1968
  • Dwight Tosh (born c. 1948), state representative since 2015 from Jonesboro; retired state police officer
  • Wallace Townsend (1882–1979), attorney and Republican politician
  • Leona Troxell (1913–2003), Republican politician
  • DeAnn Vaught (born c. 1969), farmer and member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Sevier County
  • Dave Wallace (born c. 1948), member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Mississippi and Poinsett counties since 2015; decorated Vietnam War veteran
  • Wes Watkins (born 1938), U.S. Representative from Oklahoma
  • Bruce Westerman (born 1967), Majority Leader of the Arkansas House
  • Frank Durward White (1933–2003), governor 1981–1983
  • Eddie Joe Williams (born 1954), state senator and former mayor
  • James Lee Witt (born 1944), former FEMA Director
  • Judy Petty Wolf (born 1943), former state representative
  • Richard Womack (born 1974), state representative from Arkadelphia
  • Shawn Womack (born 1972), judge of the Arkansas 14th Judicial District; Republican former member of both houses of the Arkansas legislature from Baxter County
  • Jon Woods (born 1977), state senator
  • James Word (born c. 1953), Democratic former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Jefferson and Lincoln counties
  • Marshall Wright (born c. 1975), Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Monroe, St. Francis, Woodruff, and Lee counties since 2011

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert "Bob" L. Cohee". rollerfuneralhomes.com. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "Donnie Copeland". arkansashouse.org. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
  3. ^ "Mayberry announces bid for lieutenant governor, August 23, 2013". arkansasonline.com. Retrieved December 12, 2013.