Stephen Allen Womack // (born February 18, 1957) is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 3rd congressional district since 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. Prior to his election to Congress, Womack was mayor of Rogers, Arkansas.
|Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee|
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||John Yarmuth|
|Chair of the House Budget Committee|
January 11, 2018 – January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Diane Black|
|Succeeded by||John Yarmuth|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Arkansas's 3rd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||John Boozman|
|Mayor of Rogers|
|Preceded by||John Sampier|
|Succeeded by||Greg Hines|
Stephen Allen Womack
February 18, 1957
Russellville, Arkansas, U.S.
|Education||Arkansas Tech University (BA)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1979–2009|
|Unit||Arkansas Army National Guard|
|Awards||Legion of Merit|
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Early life, education, and business career
Womack was born in Russellville, Arkansas, the son of Elisabeth F. (Canerday) and James Kermit Womack. He spent most of his childhood in Moberly, Missouri but moved back to Russellville at the age of 16 and graduated from Russellville High School in 1975. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1979. Shortly afterward, he enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He served for 30 years, retiring in 2009 as a colonel. Womack's father founded KURM-AM in 1979, and Womack served as station manager from 1979 to 1990. He then served as executive officer of the Army ROTC program at the University of Arkansas from 1990 to 1996, then joined Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant.
Mayor of Rogers
In 1998, Womack was elected mayor of Rogers, the ninth largest city of Arkansas. He served for twelve years as the city's mayor. During his time as mayor, Womack sought to crack down on illegal immigration by assigning two Immigration and Naturalization Service agents to the Rogers Police Department. As a result, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a class-action suit against the city's police force for racial profiling.
In 2002 and 2006 Womack won re-election unopposed.
U.S. House of Representatives
In late 2009, Womack jumped into the race for the 3rd District after incumbent Republican John Boozman gave it up to run for the United States Senate. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the South and the nation (Republicans have held it since 1967), and it was generally believed whoever won the Republican primary would be the district's next congressman. He ranked first in the seven-candidate primary with 31% of the vote, failing to reach the 50% threshold. In the June runoff, he defeated State Senator and fellow Rogers resident Cecile Bledsoe 52%-48%.
In the general election, Womack defeated Democratic nominee David Whitaker, 72%-28%.
Womack was originally set to face veteran Ken Aden in his re-election bid. However, on July 8, Aden withdrew from the race after admitting to exaggerating his military record. As it was too late to select a replacement candidate for Aden (under Arkansas law, the Democratic Party could only name a replacement at that late date if the original candidate died, moved out of the district or opted to seek another office), Womack faced no major-party opposition in November. He won re-election to a second term with 76% of the vote.
On February 14, 2013, Womack sponsored H.R. 684, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, a bill that would allow states to charge and collect sales taxes on internet purchases. Supporters say the bill will create a "level playing field" between online retailers and brick and mortar retailers, while opponents argue that the bill would increase the power of the states, threaten consumer privacy, increase taxes, and hurt small businesses.
In a 2015 episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver criticized Womack for blocking the enforcement of laws proposed by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration that would have protected chicken farmers from being threatened or punished by the companies they work for if they spoke out regarding their farming experiences.
In December 2017, Womack voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Womack supports cutting taxes and making the tax filing process easier. He believes that the act will let people "keep more of their paycheck, creates jobs and increases wages by making American businesses competitive again, and simplifies a code that has become riddled with loopholes."
- Committee on Appropriations
Womack has a "D" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He voted against allowing veterans access to medical marijuana, if legal in their state, per their Veterans Health Administration doctor's recommendation.
|2010||U.S. House of Representatives||Arkansas's 3rd district||David Whitaker||27.56%||Steve Womack||72.44%|
|2012||U.S. House of Representatives||Arkansas's 3rd district||Steve Womack||75.9%||Rebekah Kennedy (G)||16.01%|
|2014||U.S. House of Representatives||Arkansas's 3rd district||Steve Womack||79.41%||Grant Brand (L)||20.59%|
|2016||U.S. House of Representatives||Arkansas's 3rd district||Steve Womack||77.31%||Steve Isaacson (L)||22.69%|
|2018||U.S. House of Representatives||Arkansas's 3rd district||Joshua Mahony||Steve Womack|
- "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier" (PDF). Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
- Representative Stephen Allen Womack (Steve) (R-Arkansas, 3rd) – Biography from. LegiStorm. Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
- "Ancestry® | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records". freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- "Steve Womack (R)". Election 2012. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- "Arkansas Congressman Criticizes Constituent For Wearing Mexican Flag Shirt". Fox News Latino. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
- A Town's Two Faces. Newsweek (2001-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
- Bio at Rogers city site. Rogersarkansas.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
- "Our Campaigns - AR District 03 - R Primary Race - May 18, 2010". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- "Our Campaigns - AR District 03 - R Runoff Race - Jun 08, 2010". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- "Our Campaigns - AR - District 03 Race - Nov 02, 2010". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- Brantley, Max (July 9, 2012). "Ken Aden dropping out of 3rd District congressional race". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
- "Our Campaigns - AR - District 03 Race - Nov 06, 2012". www.ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- Newell, Jim. "Republican Tries to Defund Obama's Teleprompter". Gawker. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
- "H.R. 684 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "Bill Before U.S. Senate Will End Special Treatment of Online-Only Retailers". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Melugin, Jessica. "Facts on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743, formerly S. 336)". Competitive Enterprise Institute. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "NTU urges all Senators to vote "NO" on S. 743, the "Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) of 2013."". National Taxpayers Union. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- "WE R HERE: Opposition to Senate Internet Tax Act Grows". Yahoo!Finance. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
- Haas, Nathaniel (1 June 2015). "John Oliver vs. chicken". Politico. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- Kamper, Deni (21 December 2017). "What You Should Know About the New Tax Plan". NWAHOMEPAGE. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Senate OKs tax bill; House revote set". Northwest Arkansas Democratic Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- Berkowitz, Bonnie; Cai, Weiyi; Lu, Denise; Gamio, Lazaro. "Everything lawmakers said (and didn't say) after the Orlando mass shooting". Washington Post. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
- "Arkansas Scorecard - NORML.org - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". norml.org. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- Staff (5 January 2011). "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Steve Womack.|
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district
| Chair of the House Budget Committee
|New office|| Chair of the Joint Budget and Appropriations Reform Committee
| Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority