Arkansas House of Representatives

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Arkansas House of Representatives
Arkansas General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
3 terms (6 years)
History
New session started
January 14, 2013
Leadership
Jeremy Gillam (R)
Since January 2015
Speaker pro Tempore
Jon Eubanks (R)
Since January 2015
Majority Leader
Ken Bragg (R)
Since November 2014
Minority Leader
Eddie Armstrong (D)
Since January 2015
Structure
Seats 100
Arkansas House Arch 2012.svg
Political groups

Opposition party

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 8, Section 2, Arkansas Constitution
Salary $15,362/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 4, 2014
(100 seats)
Next election
November 8, 2016
(100 seats)
Redistricting Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas General Assembly
Meeting place
Arkansas House of Representatives.png
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 Jeremy Gillam Republican White 45
  Speaker pro tempore Jon Eubanks Republican Logan/Franklin/Scott/Sebastian 74

Floor Leaders[edit]

Position Name Party County District
  Majority Leader Ken Bragg Republican Grant 15
  Majority Whip Jim Dotson Republican Benton 93
  Majority Caucus Secretary Charlotte Douglas Republican Crawford 75
  Minority Leader Eddie Armstrong Democratic Pulaski 37

Current composition[edit]

Composition of the Arkansas State House after the 2012 elections
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Ind Green Vacant
End of the 89th General Assembly 51 48 0 1 100 0
Beginning of the 90th General Assembly[1] 64 36 0 0 100 0
June 1, 2015[2] 63 1
August 20, 2015[3] 64 35
Latest voting share 64% 35% 1%

Current membership[edit]

District Name Party First elected Term-limited*
1 Hickerson, PrissyPrissy Hickerson Rep 2010 2016
2 Jean, LaneLane Jean Rep 2010 2016
3 Talley, BrentBrent Talley Dem 2012 2018
4 Vaught, DeAnnDeAnn Vaught Rep 2014 2020
5 Fielding, DavidDavid Fielding Dem 2010 2016
6 Shepherd, MatthewMatthew Shepherd Rep 2010 2016
7 Baine, JohnJohn Baine Dem 2012 2018
8 Wardlaw, JeffJeff Wardlaw Dem 2010 2016
9 Lampkin, SheilaSheila Lampkin Dem 2010 2016
10 Holcomb, MikeMike Holcomb Rep 2012 2018
11 McElroy, MarkMark McElroy Dem 2012 2018
12 Richey, ChrisChris Richey Dem 2012 2018
13 Hillman, DavidDavid Hillman Dem 2012 2018
14 Bennett, CamilleCamille Bennett Dem 2014 2020
15 Bragg, KenKen Bragg Rep 2012 2018
16 Ferguson, KenKen Ferguson Dem 2014 2020
17 Wilkins, HankHank Wilkins Dem 2008 2014
18 Womack, RichardRichard Womack Rep 2012 2018
19 Gonzales, JustinJustin Gonzales Rep 2014 2020
20 Bell, NateNate Bell Ind 2010 2016
21 Richmond, MarcusMarcus Richmond Rep 2014 2020
22 Gates, MickeyMickey Gates Rep 2014 2020
23 Fite, LannyLanny Fite Rep 2014 2020
26 Rushing, LaurieLaurie Rushing Rep 2014 2020
24 Cozart, BruceBruce Cozart Rep 2011† 2018
25 Vines, JohnJohn Vines Dem 2010 2016
27 Mayberry, JulieJulie Mayberry Rep 2014 2020
28 Hammer, KimKim Hammer Rep 2010 2016
29 Love, FredrickFredrick Love Dem 2010 2016
30 Armstrong, CharlesCharles Armstrong Dem 2012 2018
31 Davis, AndyAndy Davis Rep 2012 2018
32 Sorvillo, JimJim Sorvillo Rep 2014 2020
33 Sabin, WarwickWarwick Sabin Dem 2012 2018
34 Walker, JohnJohn Walker Dem 2010 2016
35 Tucker, ClarkeClarke Tucker Dem 2014 2020
36 Blake, CharlesCharles Blake Dem 2014 2020
37 Armstrong, EddieEddie Armstrong Dem 2012 2018
38 Copeland, DonnieDonnie Copeland Rep 2014 2020
39 Lowery, MarkMark Lowery Rep 2012 2018
40 House, DouglasDouglas House Rep 2012 2018
41 Brown, KarilynKarilyn Brown Rep 2014 2020
42 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Dem 2014 2020
43 Lemons, TimTim Lemons Rep 2014 2020
44 Farrer, JoeJoe Farrer Rep 2012 2018
45 Gillam, JeremyJeremy Gillam Rep 2010 2016
46 Eaves, LesLes Eaves Rep 2014 2020
47 Gray, Michael JohnMichael John Gray Dem 2014 2020
48 Murdock, ReginaldReginald Murdock Dem 2010 2016
49 Wright, MarshallMarshall Wright Dem 2010 2016
50 Nicks, MiltonMilton Nicks Dem 2014 2020
51 Ferguson, DeborahDeborah Ferguson Dem 2012 2018
52 Tosh, DwightDwight Tosh Rep 2014 2020
53 Sullivan, DanDan Sullivan Rep 2014 2020
54 Dave Wallace]]Dave Wallace Rep 2014 2020
55 Hodges, MonteMonte Hodges Dem 2012 2018
56 Jett, JoeJoe Jett Dem 2012 2018
57 Broadaway, MaryMary Broadaway Dem 2012 2018
58 Smith, BrandtBrandt Smith Rep 2014 2020
59 Ladyman, JackJack Ladyman Rep 2014 2020
60 Ratliff, JamesJames Ratliff Dem 2010 2016
61 Baltz, ScottScott Baltz Dem 2012 2018
62 Gray, MichelleMichelle Gray Rep 2014 2020
63 Sturch, JamesJames Sturch Rep 2014 2020
64 Payton, JohnJohn Payton Rep 2012 2018
65 Beck, RickRick Beck Rep 2014 2020
66 Miller, JoshJosh Miller Rep 2012 2018
67 Meeks, StephenStephen Meeks Rep 2010 2016
68 Drown, TrevorTrevor Drown Rep 2014 2020
69 Overbey, BettyBetty Overbey Dem 2010 2016
70 Meeks, DavidDavid Meeks Rep 2010 2016
71 Henderson, KennethKenneth Henderson Rep 2014 2020
72 Magie, StephenStephen Magie Dem 2012 2018
73 Bentley, MaryMary Bentley Rep 2014 2020
74 Eubanks, JonJon Eubanks Rep 2010 2016
75 Douglas, CharlotteCharlotte Douglas Rep 2012 2018
76 Pitsch, MathewMathew Pitsch Rep 2014 2020
77 Boyd, JustinJustin Boyd Rep 2014 2020
78 McGill, GeorgeGeorge McGill Dem 2012 2018
79 Deffenbaugh, GaryGary Deffenbaugh Rep 2010 2016
80 Fite, CharleneCharlene Fite Rep 2012 2018
81 Harris, JustinJustin Harris Rep 2010 2016
82 Gossage, BillBill Gossage Rep 2012 2018
83 Branscum, DavidDavid Branscum Rep 2010 2016
84 Collins, CharlieCharlie Collins Rep 2010 2016
85 Whitaker, DavidDavid Whitaker Dem 2012 2018
86 Leding, GregGreg Leding Dem 2010 2016
87 Lundstrum, RobinRobin Lundstrum Rep 2014 2020
88 Eads, LanceLance Eads Rep 2014 2020
89 Neal, MicahMicah Neal Rep 2012 2018
90 Rosa, Jana DellaJana Della Rosa Rep 2014 2020
91 Douglas, DanDan Douglas Rep 2012 2018
92 Hendren, KimKim Hendren Rep 2014 2020
93 Dotson, JimJim Dotson Rep 2012 2018
94 Petty, RebeccaRebecca Petty Rep 2014 2020
95 Scott, SueSue Scott Rep 2012 2018
96 Hodges, GrantGrant Hodges Rep 2014 2020
97 Ballinger, BobBob Ballinger Rep 2012 2018
98 McNair, RonRon McNair Rep 2014 2020
99 Linck, KelleyKelley Linck Rep 2010 2016
100 Speaks, NeldaNelda Speaks Rep 2014 2020

* 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:[4]

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.[5]

In 1922, Frances Hunt became the first woman elected to a seat in the Arkansas General Assembly when she was elected to a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Passing the Gavel". Arkansashouse.org. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Nate Bell (District 20) changed parties from Republican to Independent. [1]
  3. ^ Mike Holcomb (District 10) changed parties from Democratic to Republican. [2]
  4. ^ "Arkansas House Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  5. ^ [3][dead link]
  6. ^ "Women". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Arkansas: The Central Arkansas Library System. 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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