Republican Party of Arkansas

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Republican Party of Arkansas
Chairperson Doyle Webb
Senate leader Jim Hendren
House leader Marcus Richmond
Ideology Conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
Social conservatism
National affiliation Republican Party
Seats in the Upper House
26 / 35
Seats in the Lower House
76 / 100
Website
www.arkansasgop.org

The Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) is the affiliate of the United States Republican Party in Arkansas.

The party is led by state chairman Doyle Webb, who was re-elected to serve a third term in December 2012. Webb, an attorney and former state senator, was once chief of staff for the late Lieutenant Governor Winthrop Paul Rockefeller.

The RPA's headquarters is at 1201 West 6th Street in downtown Little Rock. Sarah Jo Reynolds serves as the executive director. Ashley Wells serves as finance director. Bea Grayes serves as the executive assistant. Stephen Houserman serves as communications director.[1]

History

The United States Republican Party, or GOP, is the second oldest currently existing political party in the United States after its older rival, the Democratic Party.

Both parties exist in all fifty states. Historically, prior to the late 20th century, the Republican Party was much weaker than the Democrats in the former Confederate States of America, including Arkansas.

The Arkansas party did not hire its first paid executive director until 1970, when businessman Neal Sox Johnson, then of Nashville, Arkansas, assumed the position in the last year of Winthrop Rockefeller second term as governor of Arkansas. Johnson held the position until early in 1973, when he left Arkansas to take a high position with the former Farmers Home Administration in Washington, D.C..[2]

Between 2010 and 2014, similar to what took place in neighboring Oklahoma, Arkansas Republicans won all four U.S. House seats, both U.S. Senate seats, all of the statewide offices, and supermajority control of both chambers of the Arkansas General Assembly.

Republican allied groups

There are six groups and these groups are: Arkansas Diversity Alliances Coalition, African American Coalition of Arkansas, Arkansas African American Trailblazers, Arkansas Federation of College Republicans, Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans, Arkansas Federation of Republican Women, and the Arkansas Federation of Teenage Republicans.

The Tusk Club is another arm of the Arkansas Republican Party.

Current elected officials

The Arkansas Republican Party controls all of the state's seven statewide offices. Republicans also hold both of the state's U.S. Senate seats and all four of the state's U.S. House seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide offices

State Legislature

Past Arkansas Republican State Chairmen

Source:[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ arkansasgop.org
  2. ^ Arkansas Outlook, Arkansas Republican Party newsletter, February 1973
  3. ^ Coon, Ken, Dr. Heroes and Heroines of the Journey: The Builders of the Modern Republican Party of Arkansas. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.


External links

  • Republican Party of Arkansas
  • Arkansas Federation of College Republicans
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