Mary Lou Slinkard

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Mary Lou Spradling Slinkard
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 100th district
In office
January 2009 – January 2013
Preceded by Daryl Pace
Succeeded by Karen Hopper
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 92nd district
In office
January 2013 – January 2015
Preceded by Greg Leding
Succeeded by Kim Hendren
Personal details
Born August 1943
Gravette, Benton County
Arkansas, USA
Political party Republican
Children Two daughters
Residence Gravette, Arkansas
Occupation Retired Benton County clerk

Mary Lou Spradling Slinkard (born August 1943) is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. From 2013 to 2015, she represented District 92 in Benton County in far northwestern Arkansas. From 2009 to 2013, she was the representative for District 100.

A native and a resident of Gravette, she is the former county clerk of Benton County, a position in which she served for twenty-eight years.[1] She assumed the representative's position in 2009 and was reelected without opposition in the general elections of 2010 and 2012.[2]

Slinkard had a primary opponent in 2012, Jim Parsons. Her district includes the city of Bella Vista, once represented by Republican Donna Hutchinson, a former representative from District 98.[3]

A conservative lawmaker, Slinkard in 2013 voted to override Democratic Governor Mike Beebe's vetoes bills to prohibit abortion after twenty weeks or once fetal heartbeat is detected. She voted to prohibit abortion coverage in state employees health insurance plans. Slinkard also voted to override Beebe's veto of the law requiring photo identification as a condition for voting in Arkansas. She voted to place a spending cap on state spending, but the measure failed by two House votes. She voted to allow university staff to engage in concealed carry of a handgun for campus safety.[2] Slinkard serves on three House committees: (1) City, County and Local Affairs, (2) Judiciary, and (3) Legislative Joint Audit Committee.[4] She is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Slinkard was term-limited under state law in 2014. Former State Senator Kim Hendren, also of Gravette, was elected at the age of seventy-six, to succeed her in the state House. Henderen also served in the state House for the term from 2001 to 2003.


  1. ^ "Rep. Mary Slinkard". Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Representative Mary Lou Slinkard's Political Summary". Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Arkansas House District 92: Parsons and Slinkard, May 16, 2012". Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  4. ^ "House Republican Caucus". Archived from the original on August 10, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
Preceded by
Daryl Pace
Arkansas State Representative for District 100 (Benton County)

Mary Lou Slinkard

Succeeded by
Karen Hopper
Preceded by
Greg Leding (transferred to District 86)
Arkansas State Representative
for District 92 (Benton County)

Mary Lou Slinkard

Succeeded by
Kim Hendren