Paul Bookout

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Paul Bookout
President pro tempore of the
Arkansas Senate
In office
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 21st district
14th (2006-2012)
In office
Preceded byJerry Bookout
Succeeded byJohn Cooper
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 75th district
87th (1999-2002)
In office
Preceded byBobby Hogue
Succeeded byDustin McDaniel
Personal details
Paul Jerry Bookout

(1962-06-30) June 30, 1962 (age 56)
El Dorado, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sherry Flanigan
Alma materArkansas State University (BA)
OccupationPolitician, hospital administrator, funeral director

Paul Bookout (born Paul Jerry Bookout; June 30, 1962) was the President pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate from 2011 to 2013, when he resigned from office. A member of the Democratic Party, Bookout served as an Arkansas Representative from 1999 until 2004 and as an Arkansas Senator from 2006 to 2013. Bookout was convicted of wire fraud in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Paul Bookout was born on June 30, 1962, in El Dorado, Arkansas, to Jerry and Loretta (née Langford) Bookout. He graduated from Arkansas State University.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Bookout served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2004, when he was elected to fill the seat of his late father, Jerry, who had held the seat from 1973 to 1997, and again from 2003 until his death.[citation needed] Paul Bookout then served in the Arkansas Senate from 2006 until 2013 during which time he also served as the President pro tempore of the Senate from 2011 to 2013.

Criminal investigation and resignation[edit]

Bookout resigned as the President pro tempore and as an Arkansas Senator in 2013 after it was discovered he spent campaign funds on personal expenses.[1][2]

On March 11, 2015, Bookout entered a negotiated plea in federal court to a felony mail fraud count for using interstate communications to file a false report in the scheme.[3] On March 2, 2016, he was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Brian Miller also ordered Bookout to pay $150,048 in restitution, according to court records. He reported to prison on May 2, 2016. Under the agreement Bookout was ordered to pay about $150,158, though it is not certain who will get the money, the state or contributors.

The crime could have carried a sentence up to 20 years. Judge Brian Miller noted he could depart from guidelines, in either direction. The amount he owes is the amount from two campaign cycles studied by prosecutors within the three-year period under which charges could be filed. But he spent far more over the years in a similar manner. Bookout was released from prison on July 17, 2017.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turnure, Jessi. "Bookout announces resignation from Senate". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  2. ^ "Senator Paul Bookout resigns". Retrieved October 28, 2013.
  3. ^ Wilkey, Michael (March 11, 2015). "Former Sen. Paul Bookout Pleads Guilty To Mail Fraud". Talk Business & Politics. Retrieved September 8, 2017.