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Encyclopedia > Arkansas House of Representatives
The Arkansas House of Representatives legislative chamber.
The Arkansas House of Representatives legislative chamber.

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 term, and since the 1993 Amendment 73 to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to three terms (six years). Image File history File links Arkansas_House_of_Representatives. ... Image File history File links Arkansas_House_of_Representatives. ... The Arkansas General Assembly is the legislative branch of the Arkansas government. ... State legislatures are the lawmaking bodies of the 50 states in the United States of America. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      A state of the United States is any one of the fifty subnational entities referred to... Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,732 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The Arkansas Constitution is the governing document of the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... A term limit is a provision of a constitution, statute, or bylaw which limits the number of terms a person may serve in a particular elected office. ...


The House of Representatives meet at the State Capitol in Little Rock. The Arkansas State Capitol Building is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. ... Nickname: Rocktown, The Rock, Capital City Coordinates: Country United States State Arkansas County Pulaski Founded 1821 Incorporated 1831 Mayor Jim Dailey Mayor-Elect: Mark Stodola [1] Area    - City 302. ...

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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. The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ...


Unlike other state legislatures, where there are majority and minority leaders of the respected resepected parties in the chamber, the Speaker of the House instead appoints several Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore positions to manage the flow of legislation and debate. Assistant Pro Tempores represent the House's four caucus districts, and may come from any party. The majority leader is a term used in congressional systems for the chamber leader of the party in control of a legislature. ... In U.S. politics, the minority leader is the Floor Leader of the second-largest caucus in a legislative body. ...


Leadership information

Position Name Party County District
Speaker of the House Benny C. Petrus Democratic Arkansas District 14
Speaker Pro Tempore Scott Sullivan (politician) Democratic Sevier District 21
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Ray Kidd Democratic Craighead District 76
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Pam Adcock Democratic Pulaski District 55
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Roy Ragland Republican Searcy District 90
Assistant Speaker Pro Tempore Earnest Brown, Jr. Democratic Jefferson District 16

The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Arkansas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Sevier County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Craighead County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Pulaski County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ... Searcy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. ...

Committees

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. The term Speaker is usually the title given to the presiding officer of a countrys lower house of parliament or congress (ie: the House of Commons or House of Representatives). ...


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.


Current composition

Affiliation Members
  Democratic Party 75
  Republican Party 25
 Total
100
 Majority
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The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party) [1], is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...

See also

The Arkansas State Capitol Building is located in Little Rock, Arkansas. ... The Arkansas General Assembly is the legislative branch of the Arkansas government. ... The Arkansas State Senate is the upper branch of the Arkansas General Assembly. ...

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