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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.

Arkansas House of Representatives
91st Arkansas General Assembly
Coat of arms or logo
Type
Type
Term limits
16 Years (both houses)
History
New session started
January 9, 2017
Leadership
Speaker of the House
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
Seats100
House Diagram 2017 State of Arkansas.svg
Political groups
Majority

Minority

Length of term
2 years
AuthorityArticle 8, Section 2, Arkansas Constitution
Salary$39,399.84/year + per diem
Elections
Last election
November 8, 2016
(100 seats)
Next election
November 6, 2018
(100 seats)
RedistrictingArkansas 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 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.

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Leadership of the HouseEdit

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 informationEdit

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 leadersEdit

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 compositionEdit

 
Composition of the Arkansas State House after the 2016 elections
  Democratic Party
  Republican Party
  Republicans elected as Democrats
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
Current 76 24 0 0 100 0
Latest voting share 76% 24%

Current membershipEdit

District Name Party First elected Term-limited
1 Carol Dalby Rep 2016 2032
2 Lane Jean Rep 2010 2026
3 Danny Watson Rep 2016 2032
4 DeAnn Vaught Rep 2014 2030
5 David Fielding Dem 2010 2026
6 Matthew Shepherd Rep 2010 2026
7 Sonia Eubanks Barker Rep 2016 2032
8 Jeff Wardlaw Rep 2010 2026
9 LeAnne Burch Dem 2016 2032
10 Mike Holcomb Rep 2012 2028
11 Don Glover Dem 2018 2034
12 Chris Richey Dem 2012 2028
13 David Hillman Rep 2012 2028
14 Roger Lynch Rep 2016 2032
15 Ken Bragg Rep 2012 2028
16 Ken Ferguson Dem 2014 2030
17 Vivian Flowers Dem 2014 2030
18 Richard Womack Rep 2012 2028
19 Justin Gonzales Rep 2014 2030
20 John Maddox Rep 2016 2032
21 Marcus Richmond Rep 2014 2030
22 Mickey Gates Rep 2014 2030
23 Lanny Fite Rep 2014 2030
26 Laurie Rushing Rep 2014 2030
24 Bruce Cozart Rep 2011† 2028
25 Les Warren Rep 2016 2032
27 Andy Mayberry Rep 2016 2032
28 Jasen Kelly Rep 2018 2034
29 Fredrick Love Dem 2010 2026
30 Fred Allen Dem 2016 2032
31 Andy Davis Rep 2012 2028
32 Jim Sorvillo Rep 2014 2030
33 Tippi McCullough Dem 2018 2034
34 John Walker Dem 2010 2026
35 Andrew Collins Dem 2018 2034
36 Charles Blake Dem 2014 2030
37 Jamie Scott Dem 2018 2028
38 Carlton Wing Rep 2016 2032
39 Mark Lowery Rep 2012 2028
40 Douglas House Rep 2012 2028
41 Karilyn Brown Rep 2014 2030
42 Mark Perry Dem 2018 2034
43 Brian Evans Rep 2018 2034
44 Cameron Cooper Rep 2018 2034
45 Jim Wooten Rep 2018 2034
46 Les Eaves Rep 2014 2030
47 Michael John Gray Dem 2014 2030
48 Reginald Murdock Dem 2010 2026
49 Steve Hollowell Rep 2016 2032
50 Milton Nicks Dem 2014 2030
51 Deborah Ferguson Dem 2012 2028
52 Dwight Tosh Rep 2014 2030
53 Dan Sullivan Rep 2014 2030
54 Johnny Rye Rep 2016 2032
55 Monte Hodges Dem 2012 2028
56 Joe Jett Rep 2012 2028
57 Jimmy Gazaway Rep 2016 2032
58 Brandt Smith Rep 2014 2030
59 Jack Ladyman Rep 2014 2030
60 Frances Cavenaugh Rep 2016 2032
61 Marsh Davis Rep 2018 2034
62 Michelle Gray Rep 2014 2030
63 Stu Smith Rep 2018 2034
64 John Payton Rep 2012 2028
65 Rick Beck Rep 2014 2030
66 Josh Miller Rep 2012 2028
67 Stephen Meeks Rep 2010 2026
68 Stan Berry Rep 2018 2034
69 Aaron Pilkington Rep 2016 2032
70 Spencer Hawks Rep 2018 2034
71 Joe Cloud Rep 2018 2034
72 Stephen Magie Dem 2012 2028
73 Mary Bentley Rep 2014 2030
74 Lee Johnson Rep 2018 2034
75 Charlotte Douglas Rep 2012 2028
76 Cindy Crawford Rep 2018 2034
77 Justin Boyd Rep 2014 2030
78 Jay Richardson Dem 2018 2034
79 Gary Deffenbaugh Rep 2010 2026
80 Charlene Fite Rep 2012 2028
81 Bruce Coleman Rep 2016 2032
82 Sarah Capp Rep 2016 2032
83 Keith Slape Rep 2018 2034
84 Denise Garner Dem 2018 2034
85 David Whitaker Dem 2012 2028
86 Nicole Clowney Dem 2018 2034
87 Robin Lundstrum Rep 2014 2030
88 Clint Penzo Rep 2016 2032
89 Jeff Williams Rep 2016 2032
90 Jana Della Rosa Rep 2014 2030
91 Dan Douglas Rep 2012 2028
92 Gayla McKenzie Rep 2018 2034
93 Jim Dotson Rep 2012 2028
94 Rebecca Petty Rep 2014 2030
95 Austin McCollum Rep 2016 2032
96 Grant Hodges Rep 2014 2030
97 Bob Ballinger Rep 2012 2028
98 Harlan Breaux Rep 2018 2034
99 Jack Fortner Rep 2016 2032
100 Nelda Speaks Rep 2014 2030

Past composition of the House of RepresentativesEdit

CommitteesEdit

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.

HistoryEdit

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][3]

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.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Arkansas House Committees". Open States. Sunlight Foundation. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  2. ^ [1] Archived September 27, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 11, 2018. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "Women". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Arkansas: The Central Arkansas Library System. 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.

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