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Arkansas House of Representatives
Type Lower house
Speaker of the House Robbie Wills, (D)
since January 12, 2009
Majority Leader Steve Harrelson, (D)
since 2006
Minority Leader Bryan King, (R)
since June 19, 2008
Members 100
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
House Chamber,
Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock, AR, U.S.

The Arkansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly, the state legislature of the U.S. 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 26,734 according to the 2000 federal census. Members are elected to two-year terms and, since the 1993 Amendment 73 to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to three terms (six years).

The Arkansas House of Representatives meets regularly every two 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. His or her 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 Robbie Wills Democratic Faulkner 46
Speaker pro tempore Scott Sullivan Democratic Sevier 21
Assistant Speakers pro tempore Ray Kidd Democratic Craighead 76
Pam Adcock Democratic Pulaski 55
Roy Ragland Republican Searcy 90
Earnest Brown, Jr. Democratic Jefferson 16

Floor Leaders

Position Name Party County District
Majority Leader Steve Harrelson Democratic Miller 1
Minority Leader Bryan King Republican Boone/Carroll 91

Current composition

Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Green Vacant
End of previous legislature 75 25 0 100 0
Begin 71 28 1 100 0
May 1, 2009 72 0 100 0
Latest voting share 72.0% 28.0%

Current membership

District Name Party
1 Steve Harrelson Dem
2 Larry Cowling Dem
3 David Powers Dem
4 Bruce Maloch Dem
5 Willie Hardy Dem
6 John Lowery Dem
7 Garry Smith Dem
8 Gregg Reep Dem
9 Eddie Cheatham Dem
10 Allen Maxwell Dem
11 David Rainey Dem
12 Robert Moore Dem
13 Clark Hall Dem
14 Tiffany Rogers Dem
15 Walls McCrary Dem
16 James Word Dem
17 Stephanie Flowers Dem
18 Toni Bradford Dem
19 Bobby Pierce Dem
20 Johnnie Roebuck Dem
21 Steve Cole Dem
22 Bill Abernathy Dem
23 Randy Stewart Dem
24 Rick Saunders Dem
25 Gene Shelby Dem
26 Mike Burris Dem
27 Dawn Creekmore Dem
28 Barbara Nix Dem
29 Ann Clemmer Rep
30 Bill Sample Rep
31 Dan Greenberg Rep
32 Allan Kerr Rep
33 Fred Allen Dem
34 Wilhelmina Lewellen Dem
35 Pam Adcock Dem
36 Darrin Williams Dem
37 Kathy Webb Dem
38 John Edwards Dem
39 Richard Carroll Dem[1]
40 Barry Hyde Dem
41 Ed Garner Rep
42 Jane English Rep
43 Jim Nickels Dem
44 Mark Perry Dem
45 Linda Tyler Dem
46 Robbie Wills Dem
47 Eddie Hawkins Dem
48 Davy Carter Rep
49 Jonathan Dismang Rep
50 Monty Betts Dem
51 David Dunn Dem
52 Nancy Duffy Blount Dem
53 Keith Ingram Dem
54 Otis Davis Dem
55 Tommy Lee Baker Dem
56 Buddy Lovell Dem
57 Jerry Brown Dem
58 Jody Dickinson Dem
59 Lance Reynolds Dem
60 Johnny Hoyt Dem
61 Nathan George Dem
62 Terry Rice Rep
63 Frank Glidewell Rep
64 Stephanie Malone Rep
65 Tracy Pennartz Dem
66 Rick Green Rep
67 Steven Breedlove Dem
68 Andrea Lea Rep
69 George Overbey Dem
70 Robert Dale Rep
71 Eddie Cooper Dem
72 James McLean Dem
73 J. R. Rogers Dem
74 Butch Wilkins Dem
75 Joan Cash Dem
76 Ray Kidd Dem
77 Charolette Wagner Dem
78 Billy Gaskill Dem
79 Mike Patterson Dem
80 David Cook Dem
81 Karen Hopper Rep
82 Curren Everett Dem
83 Beverly Pyle Rep
84 John Paul Wells Dem
85 John Burris Rep
86 Monty Davenport Dem
87 Mark Martin Rep
88 Uvalde Lindsey Dem
89 Jim House Dem
90 Roy Ragland Rep
91 Bryan King Rep
92 Lindsley Smith Dem
93 Jon Woods Rep
94 Les Carnine Rep
95 Duncan Baird Rep
96 Debra Hobbs Rep
97 Jonathan Barnett Rep
98 Donna Hutchinson Rep
99 Tim Summers Rep
100 Mary Slinkard Rep


The House has 10 Standing Committees:

  • Education
  • Judiciary
  • Public Health, Welfare & Labor
  • Public Transportation
  • Revenue and Taxation
  • Aging, Children & Youth
  • Legislative & Military Affairs
  • Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development
  • City, County and Local Affairs
  • Insurance and Commerce
  • State Agencies and Governmental Affairs

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.


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]

See also


  1. ^ Rep. Carroll was originally a member of the Green Party, but left May 1 to join the Democrats.
  2. ^ Blacksmith Black Made Deadly Knife for Bowie » The Arkansas News

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