List of Speakers of the Arkansas House of Representatives

The Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives is the speaker (presiding officer) of the Arkansas House of Representatives, the lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly. They serve as the leader and head of the Arkansas House, and can control what legislation comes to a vote. The Speaker's counterpart in the State Senate is the President of the Senate.

Speaker of Arkansas House of Representatives
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Incumbent
Matthew Shepherd

since June 15, 2018
StyleThe Honorable (diplomatic)
Mister Speaker (within the assembly)
AppointerArkansas House of Representatives
Term lengthTwo years
Inaugural holderJohn Wilson
FormationConstitution of Arkansas
Succession4th
Websitehttp://www.arkansashouse.org/

Position legacyEdit

Many Speakers went on to prominent political careers or leveraged the position into statewide positions. John Roane, James Berry, James P. Eagle and others became governor in the years after serving as Speaker. J. C. Tappan was twice nominated by the Democrats, but declined to run both times.

US Representatives include Albert Rust, Lewis E. Sawyer.

List of SpeakersEdit

 
James Berry served as Speaker during Elisha Baxter's extraordinary session in 1874.
# Speaker Took office Left office Party Notes Session
1 John Wilson September 12, 1836[1] December 4, 1837[2] Democratic [a] 1st
2 Grandson D. Royce December 4, 1837[4] November 5, 1838[5] Democratic [b] 1st
3 Gilbert Marshall November 5, 1838[7] November 2, 1840[8] Democratic 2nd
4 George Hill November 2, 1840[9] November 7, 1842[10] Democratic 3rd
5 W. S. Oldham November 7, 1842[11] November 4, 1844[12] Democratic 4th
6 John S. Roane November 4, 1844[13] November 2, 1846[14] Democratic 5th
7 Albert Rust November 2, 1846[15] November 4, 1848[16] Democratic 6th
8 E. A. Warren November 4, 1848[17] November 4, 1850[18] Democratic 7th
9 T. B. Flournoy November 4, 1850[19] November 1, 1852[20] Democratic 8th
10 Benjamin P. Jett November 1, 1852[21] November 6, 1854[22] Democratic 9th
11 Samuel Mitchell November 6, 1854[23] November 1, 1858[24] Democratic 10th, 11th
12 O. H. Oates November 1, 1858[25] November 5, 1860[26] Democratic 12th
13 Bradley Bunch November 5, 1860[27] November 5, 1862[28] Democratic 13th
14 John Harrell November 5, 1862[29] April 11, 1864[30] Democratic 14th
15 H. B. Allis April 11, 1864[31] September 22, 1864[32] Democratic 15th
J. F. Lowry September 22, 1864[33] October 2, 1864[34] Democratic In exile
16 Bradley Bunch November 5, 1866[35] April 2, 1868[36] Democratic 16th
17 J. G. Price April 2, 1868[37] January 2, 1871[38] Democratic 17th
18 C. W. Tankersley January 2, 1871[39] May 11, 1874[40] Democratic 18th, 19th
19 James Berry May 11, 1874[41] May 28, 1874[42] Democratic [c] 19th
20 A. A. Pennington November 10, 1874[44] January 8, 1877[45] Democratic 20th
21 D. L. Kilgore January 8, 1877[46] January 13, 1879[47] Democratic 21st
22 J. T. Bearden January 13, 1879[48] January 8, 1881[49] Democratic 22nd
23 George Thornburgh January 8, 1881[50] January 8, 1883[51] Democratic 23rd
24 W. C. Braley January 8, 1883[52] January 12, 1885[53] Democratic 24th
25 James P. Eagle January 12, 1885[54] January 10, 1887[55] Democratic 25th
26 J. M. Hewitt January 10, 1887[56] January 10, 1889[57] Democratic 26th
27 B. B. Hudgins January 10, 1889[58] January 12, 1891[59] Democratic 27th
28 Elias W. Rector January 12, 1891[60] January 9, 1893[61] Democratic 28th
29 T. C. Humphrey January 9, 1893[62] January 14, 1895[63] Democratic 29th
30 John C. Colquitt January 14, 1895[64] January 11, 1897[65] Democratic 30th
31 J. C. Tappan January 11, 1897[66] January 9, 1899[67] Democratic 31st
32 A. F. Vandeventer January 9, 1899[68] January 14, 1901[69] Democratic 32nd
33 T. H. Humphreys January 14, 1901[70] January 12, 1903[71] Democratic 33rd
34 John I. Moore January 12, 1903[72] January 9, 1905[73] Democratic 34th
35 William W. Cate January 9, 1905[74] January 14, 1907[75] Democratic 35th
36 Allen Hamiter January 14, 1907[76] January 11, 1909[77] Democratic 36th
37 F. E. Brown January 11, 1909[78] January 12, 1911[79] Democratic 37th
38 R. F. Milwee January 12, 1911[80] January 13, 1913[81] Democratic 38th
39 Joe Hardage January 13, 1913[82] January 11, 1915[83] Democratic 39th
40 L. E. Sawyer January 11, 1915[84] January 8, 1917[85] Democratic 40th
41 Lee Cazort January 8, 1917[86] January 13, 1919[87] Democratic 41st
42 C. P. Newton January 13, 1919[88] Democratic [d] 42nd
43 Joe Joiner January 26, 1920[90] January 8, 1923[91] Democratic [e] 42nd, 43rd
Notes:
  1. ^ Expelled from the House for killing J. J. Anthony.[3]
  2. ^ Special session[6]
  3. ^ Extraordinary Session[43]
  4. ^ Resigned.[89]
  5. ^ Elected Speaker for the Third Extraordinary Session of the 42nd General Assembly.[92]

See alsoEdit

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