Arkansas House of Representatives

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Arkansas House of Representatives
Arkansas General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
16 Years (both houses)
History
New session started
January 9, 2017
Leadership
Jeremy Gillam ( R)
Since January 2015
Speaker pro Tempore
Jon Eubanks (R)
Since January 2015
Majority Leader
Ken Bragg (R)
Since January 2015
Minority Leader
Michael John Gray ( D)
Since January 2017
Structure
Seats 100
House Diagram 2017 State of Arkansas.svg
Political groups

Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
Authority Article 8, Section 2, Arkansas Constitution
Salary $39,399.84/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(100 seats)
Next election
November 16, 2018
(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 2014 Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to sixteen years cumulative in either house.

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

The Speaker of the House presides over the body and is elected by the membership every two years. Its 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

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

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

Composition of the Arkansas State House after the 2016 elections
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
  Republicans elected as Democrats
Midpoint
76 24
Republican Democratic
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Republican Democratic Ind Green Vacant
End of the 90th General Assembly 68 31 1 0 100 0
Beginning of the 91st General Assembly 76 24 0 0 100 0
Latest voting share 76% 24%

Current membership

District Name Party First elected Term-limited
1 Hickerson, Prissy Prissy Hickerson Rep 2010 2016
2 Jean, Lane Lane Jean Rep 2010 2016
3 Watson, Danny Danny Watson Rep 2016 2032
4 Vaught, DeAnn DeAnn Vaught Rep 2014 2030
5 Fielding, David David Fielding Dem 2010 2026
6 Shepherd, Matthew Matthew Shepherd Rep 2010 2026
7 Baine, John John Baine Dem 2012 2028
8 Wardlaw, Jeff Jeff Wardlaw Rep 2010 2026
9 Burch, LeAnne LeAnne Burch Dem 2016 2032
10 Holcomb, Mike Mike Holcomb Rep 2012 2028
11 McElroy, Mark Mark McElroy Dem 2012 2028
12 Richey, Chris Chris Richey Dem 2012 2028
13 Hillman, David David Hillman Rep 2012 2028
14 Bennett, Camille Camille Bennett Dem 2014 2030
15 Bragg, Ken Ken Bragg Rep 2012 2028
16 Ferguson, Ken Ken Ferguson Dem 2014 2030
17 Flowers, Vivian Vivian Flowers Dem 2014 2030
18 Womack, Richard Richard Womack Rep 2012 2028
19 Gonzales, Justin Justin Gonzales Rep 2014 2030
20 Bell, Nate Nate Bell Ind 2010 2026
21 Richmond, Marcus Marcus Richmond Rep 2014 2030
22 Gates, Mickey Mickey Gates Rep 2014 2030
23 Fite, Lanny Lanny Fite Rep 2014 2030
26 Rushing, Laurie Laurie Rushing Rep 2014 2030
24 Cozart, Bruce Bruce Cozart Rep 2011† 2028
25 Vines, John John Vines Dem 2010 2026
27 Mayberry, Julie Julie Mayberry Rep 2014 2030
28 Hammer, Kim Kim Hammer Rep 2010 2026
29 Love, Fredrick Fredrick Love Dem 2010 2026
30 Armstrong, Charles Charles Armstrong Dem 2012 2028
31 Davis, Andy Andy Davis Rep 2012 2028
32 Sorvillo, Jim Jim Sorvillo Rep 2014 2030
33 Sabin, Warwick Warwick Sabin Dem 2012 2028
34 Walker, John John Walker Dem 2010 2026
35 Tucker, Clarke Clarke Tucker Dem 2014 2030
36 Blake, Charles Charles Blake Dem 2014 2030
37 Armstrong, Eddie Eddie Armstrong Dem 2012 2018
38 Copeland, Donnie Donnie Copeland Rep 2014 2020
39 Lowery, Mark Mark Lowery Rep 2012 2018
40 House, Douglas Douglas House Rep 2012 2028
41 Brown, Karilyn Karilyn Brown Rep 2014 2030
42 Johnson, Bob Bob Johnson Dem 2014 2030
43 Lemons, Tim Tim Lemons Rep 2014 2030
44 Farrer, Joe Joe Farrer Rep 2012 2028
45 Gillam, Jeremy Jeremy Gillam Rep 2010 2026
46 Eaves, Les Les Eaves Rep 2014 2030
47 Gray, Michael John Michael John Gray Dem 2014 2030
48 Murdock, Reginald Reginald Murdock Dem 2010 2026
49 Wright, Marshall Marshall Wright Dem 2010 2026
50 Nicks, Milton Milton Nicks Dem 2014 2030
51 Ferguson, Deborah Deborah Ferguson Dem 2012 2028
52 Tosh, Dwight Dwight Tosh Rep 2014 2030
53 Sullivan, Dan Dan Sullivan Rep 2014 2030
54 Rye, Johnny Johnny Rye Rep 2016 2032
55 Hodges, Monte Monte Hodges Dem 2012 2028
56 Jett, Joe Joe Jett Rep 2012 2028
57 Gazaway, Jimmy Jimmy Gazaway Rep 2016 2032
58 Smith, Brandt Brandt Smith Rep 2014 2030
59 Ladyman, Jack Jack Ladyman Rep 2014 2030
60 Ratliff, James James Ratliff Dem 2010 2026
61 Baltz, Scott Scott Baltz Dem 2012 2028
62 Gray, Michelle Michelle Gray Rep 2014 2030
63 Sturch, James James Sturch Rep 2014 2030
64 Payton, John John Payton Rep 2012 2018
65 Beck, Rick Rick Beck Rep 2014 2020
66 Miller, Josh Josh Miller Rep 2012 2018
67 Meeks, Stephen Stephen Meeks Rep 2010 2016
68 Drown, Trevor Trevor Drown Rep 2014 2020
69 Overbey, Betty Betty Overbey Dem 2010 2016
70 Meeks, David David Meeks Rep 2010 2016
71 Henderson, Kenneth Kenneth Henderson Rep 2014 2020
72 Magie, Stephen Stephen Magie Dem 2012 2018
73 Bentley, Mary Mary Bentley Rep 2014 2020
74 Eubanks, Jon Jon Eubanks Rep 2010 2016
75 Douglas, Charlotte Charlotte Douglas Rep 2012 2018
76 Pitsch, Mathew Mathew Pitsch Rep 2014 2020
77 Boyd, Justin Justin Boyd Rep 2014 2020
78 McGill, George George McGill Dem 2012 2018
79 Deffenbaugh, Gary Gary Deffenbaugh Rep 2010 2016
80 Fite, Charlene Charlene Fite Rep 2012 2018
81 Harris, Justin Justin Harris Rep 2010 2016
82 Gossage, Bill Bill Gossage Rep 2012 2018
83 Branscum, David David Branscum Rep 2010 2016
84 Collins, Charlie Charlie Collins Rep 2010 2016
85 Whitaker, David David Whitaker Dem 2012 2018
86 Leding, Greg Greg Leding Dem 2010 2016
87 Lundstrum, Robin Robin Lundstrum Rep 2014 2020
88 Eads, Lance Lance Eads Rep 2014 2020
89 Neal, Micah Micah Neal Rep 2012 2028
90 Rosa, Jana Della Jana Della Rosa Rep 2014 2030
91 Douglas, Dan Dan Douglas Rep 2012 2028
92 Hendren, Kim Kim Hendren Rep 2014 2030
93 Dotson, Jim Jim Dotson Rep 2012 2028
94 Petty, Rebecca Rebecca Petty Rep 2014 2030
95 Scott, Sue Sue Scott Rep 2012 2028
96 Hodges, Grant Grant Hodges Rep 2014 2030
97 Ballinger, Bob Bob Ballinger Rep 2012 2028
98 McNair, Ron Ron McNair Rep 2014 2030
99 Linck, Kelley Kelley Linck Rep 2010 2026
100 Speaks, Nelda Nelda Speaks Rep 2014 2030

Committees

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: [1]

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

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. [2]

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. [3]


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