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Jeremy Gillam
Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
January 8, 2015 – June 15, 2018
Preceded by Davy Carter
Succeeded by Matthew Shepherd
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 45th district
In office
January 2013 – June 15, 2018
Preceded byLinda Tyler
Succeeded by Jim Wooten (Elect)
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
January 2011 – January 2013
Preceded by Jonathan Dismang
Succeeded by Marshall Wright
Personal details
Born (1976-08-02) August 2, 1976 (age 42)
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Carissa Gillam
Education Arkansas State University, Beebe
Arkansas State University, Jonesboro ( BS)

Jeremy Gillam (born August 2, 1976) is a farmer from Judsonia in White County in central Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 45, which he has represented since 2013, includes parts of Faulkner, Lonoke, and White counties From 2011 to 2013, he represented House District 49. [1]

In January 2015, Gillam became Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives. He replaced fellow Republican Davy Carter of Lonoke County, who was term-limited after three two-year terms in the House. Gillam, however, continued as Speaker for 2017 and 2018 in his fourth term in the House because the limits were modified in 2014 but the change did not apply to Carter. [2]


In 1999, Gillam obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology and Counseling from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. He first attended the ASU branch campus at Beebe in White County. [3]

Gilliam and his wife, Carissa J. Gillam (born 1977) have two sons, Alexander and Jaxon Gillam. He has operated Gillam Farms since his college graduation in 1999. [3]

Political life

In 2010, Gillam was elected in House District 49, when the Republican incumbent, Jonathan Dismang, instead ran successfully for the Arkansas Senate. After a primary victory, Gillam defeated the Democrat Jesse Boyce, 5,228 (66.8 percent) to 2,594 (33.2 percent). [4]

In 2012, Gillam was unopposed for the Republican nomination for his second two-year term when he was switched to House District 45. No Democrat filed for the seat. Gillam instead handily defeated the Green Party nominee, Travis Mason, 6,958 (83.2 percent) to 1,403 (16.8 percent). The incumbent Democratic representative, Linda Tyler, ran for election in Senate District 35. [5]

Gillam is a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council and serves on these House committees: (1) Energy, (2) Judiciary, (3) Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development, and (4) Rules. [3]

Representative Gillam in 2013 in District 45 supported a spending cap on the state budget, but the bill failed by a two-vote margin in the House. He voted to override the vetoes of Democratic Governor Mike Beebe to enact legislation to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation. Gillam supported related pro-life legislation to ban abortion whenever fetal heartbeat is detected, to forbid the inclusion of abortion in the state insurance exchange, and to make the death of an unborn child a felony in certain cases. He voted to empower university officials to carry weapons in the name of campus safety. He supported legislation to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas nonpartisan. He supported the bill, signed by Governor Beebe, to permit the sale of up to five hundred gallons per month of unpasteurized whole milk directly from the farm to consumers. [6]

In 2011, Gillam in District 49 co-sponsored legislation to permit weapons in religious institutions. He supported a dress code for public schools. He backed curriculum standards for biblical instruction in public schools. He voted for the Capital Gains Reduction Act. He voted to permit driver's license tests only in the English language. On January 31, 2011, Gillam voted against legislation to prohibit cell phone use in school zone; the next day, he and several colleagues reversed themselves, and the proposal passed, fifty-three to forty-one. [6] In late 2017, he announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election to the House in 2018.


  1. ^ Jeremy Gillam, R-45,, accessdate=December 27, 2013}}
  2. ^ "State legislatures with term limits". Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Jeremy Gillam's Biography". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  4. ^ "District 49". Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "District 45". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Jeremy Gillam's Voting Records". Retrieved December 27, 2013.
Arkansas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jonathan Dismang
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
for the 49th district

Succeeded by
Marshall Wright
Preceded by
Linda Tyler
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
for the 45th district

Succeeded by
Jim Wooten
Political offices
Preceded by
Davy Carter
Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Matthew Shepherd