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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
75 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 75 24 0 0 99 1
Latest voting share 75.8% 24.2%

Current membership

District Name Party First elected Term-limited
1 Dalby, CarolCarol Dalby Rep 2016 2032
2 Jean, LaneLane Jean Rep 2010 2026
3 Watson, DannyDanny Watson Rep 2016 2032
4 Vaught, DeAnnDeAnn Vaught Rep 2014 2030
5 Fielding, DavidDavid Fielding Dem 2010 2026
6 Shepherd, MatthewMatthew Shepherd Rep 2010 2026
7 Barker, Sonia EubanksSonia Eubanks Barker Rep 2016 2032
8 Wardlaw, JeffJeff Wardlaw Rep 2010 2026
9 Burch, LeAnneLeAnne Burch Dem 2016 2032
10 Holcomb, MikeMike Holcomb Rep 2012 2028
11 McElroy, MarkMark McElroy Dem 2012 2028
12 Richey, ChrisChris Richey Dem 2012 2028
13 Hillman, DavidDavid Hillman Rep 2012 2028
14 Lynch, RogerRoger Lynch Rep 2016 2032
15 Bragg, KenKen Bragg Rep 2012 2028
16 Ferguson, KenKen Ferguson Dem 2014 2030
17 Flowers, VivianVivian Flowers Dem 2014 2030
18 Womack, RichardRichard Womack Rep 2012 2028
19 Gonzales, JustinJustin Gonzales Rep 2014 2030
20 Maddox, JohnJohn Maddox Rep 2016 2032
21 Richmond, MarcusMarcus Richmond Rep 2014 2030
22 Gates, MickeyMickey Gates Rep 2014 2030
23 Fite, LannyLanny Fite Rep 2014 2030
26 Rushing, LaurieLaurie Rushing Rep 2014 2030
24 Cozart, BruceBruce Cozart Rep 2011† 2028
25 Warren, LesLes Warren Rep 2016 2032
27 Mayberry, AndyAndy Mayberry Rep 2016 2032
28 Hammer, KimKim Hammer Rep 2010 2026
29 Love, FredrickFredrick Love Dem 2010 2026
30 Allen, FredFred Allen Dem 2016 2032
31 Davis, AndyAndy Davis Rep 2012 2028
32 Sorvillo, JimJim Sorvillo Rep 2014 2030
33 Sabin, WarwickWarwick Sabin Dem 2012 2028
34 Walker, JohnJohn Walker Dem 2010 2026
35 Tucker, ClarkeClarke Tucker Dem 2014 2030
36 Blake, CharlesCharles Blake Dem 2014 2030
37 Armstrong, EddieEddie Armstrong Dem 2012 2028
38 Wing, CarltonCarlton Wing Rep 2016 2032
39 Lowery, MarkMark Lowery Rep 2012 2028
40 House, DouglasDouglas House Rep 2012 2028
41 Brown, KarilynKarilyn Brown Rep 2014 2030
42 Johnson, BobBob Johnson Dem 2014 2030
43 Lemons, TimTim Lemons Rep 2014 2030
44 Farrer, JoeJoe Farrer Rep 2012 2028
45 Gillam, JeremyJeremy Gillam Rep 2010 2026
46 Eaves, LesLes Eaves Rep 2014 2030
47 Gray, Michael JohnMichael John Gray Dem 2014 2030
48 Murdock, ReginaldReginald Murdock Dem 2010 2026
49 Hollowell, SteveSteve Hollowell Rep 2016 2032
50 Nicks, MiltonMilton Nicks Dem 2014 2030
51 Ferguson, DeborahDeborah Ferguson Dem 2012 2028
52 Tosh, DwightDwight Tosh Rep 2014 2030
53 Sullivan, DanDan Sullivan Rep 2014 2030
54 Rye, JohnnyJohnny Rye Rep 2016 2032
55 Hodges, MonteMonte Hodges Dem 2012 2028
56 Jett, JoeJoe Jett Rep 2012 2028
57 Gazaway, JimmyJimmy Gazaway Rep 2016 2032
58 Smith, BrandtBrandt Smith Rep 2014 2030
59 Ladyman, JackJack Ladyman Rep 2014 2030
60 Cavenaugh, FrancesFrances Cavenaugh Rep 2016 2032
61 Baltz, ScottScott Baltz Dem 2012 2028
62 Gray, MichelleMichelle Gray Rep 2014 2030
63 Sturch, JamesJames Sturch Rep 2014 2030
64 Payton, JohnJohn Payton Rep 2012 2028
65 Beck, RickRick Beck Rep 2014 2030
66 Miller, JoshJosh Miller Rep 2012 2028
67 Meeks, StephenStephen Meeks Rep 2010 2026
68 Drown, TrevorTrevor Drown Rep 2014 2030
69 Pilkington, AaronAaron Pilkington Rep 2016 2032
70 Meeks, DavidDavid Meeks Rep 2010 2026
71 Henderson, KennethKenneth Henderson Rep 2014 2030
72 Magie, StephenStephen Magie Dem 2012 2028
73 Bentley, MaryMary Bentley Rep 2014 2030
74 Eubanks, JonJon Eubanks Rep 2010 2026
75 Douglas, CharlotteCharlotte Douglas Rep 2012 2028
76 Pitsch, MathewMathew Pitsch Rep 2014 2030
77 Boyd, JustinJustin Boyd Rep 2014 2030
78 McGill, GeorgeGeorge McGill Dem 2012 2028
79 Deffenbaugh, GaryGary Deffenbaugh Rep 2010 2026
80 Fite, CharleneCharlene Fite Rep 2012 2028
81 Coleman, BruceBruce Coleman Rep 2016 2032
82 Capp, SarahSarah Capp Rep 2016 2032
83 vacant
84 Collins, CharlieCharlie Collins Rep 2010 2026
85 Whitaker, DavidDavid Whitaker Dem 2012 2028
86 Leding, GregGreg Leding Dem 2010 2026
87 Lundstrum, RobinRobin Lundstrum Rep 2014 2030
88 Penzo, ClintClint Penzo Rep 2016 2032
89 Williams, JeffJeff Williams Rep 2016 2032
90 Rosa, Jana DellaJana Della Rosa Rep 2014 2030
91 Douglas, DanDan Douglas Rep 2012 2028
92 Hendren, KimKim Hendren Rep 2014 2030
93 Dotson, JimJim Dotson Rep 2012 2028
94 Petty, RebeccaRebecca Petty Rep 2014 2030
95 McCollum, AustinAustin McCollum Rep 2016 2032
96 Hodges, GrantGrant Hodges Rep 2014 2030
97 Ballinger, BobBob Ballinger Rep 2012 2028
98 McNair, RonRon McNair Rep 2014 2030
99 Fortner, JackJack Fortner Rep 2016 2032
100 Speaks, NeldaNelda Speaks Rep 2014 2030

Past composition of the House of Representatives

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]

See also

References

  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. ^ "Women". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. Arkansas: The Central Arkansas Library System. 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010. 

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