University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

The (Political) Show Must Go On: AR Senate Education Members Selected

In The View from the OEP on November 9, 2012 at 10:33 am

Anyone who has spent ten minutes surfing the Internet in the past three days has likely seen some form of vitriol being spewed over some election result that did not suit their fancy. But, as with all elections, once the votes are tallied, and politicians are elected, we must move forward toward governing.

With that, we learned yesterday that our own incoming Arkansas General Assembly has chosen the Senate Education Committee – consisting of eight senators – which will be Chaired by Senator Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) and Vice-Chaired by Sen Joyce Elliot (D-Little Rock). Both of these senators have a long standing on the Education Committee, thus we look forward to a productive session in 2013. Below is a short profile of the Chair and Vice Chair, followed by a list of the remaining six senators on the committee.

Senator Johnny Key (R-Mountain Home) represents Senate District 1, which includes all of Baxter and Marion counties and the eastern half of Boone County. Senator Key has been in public service since 1997, when he was a justice of the peace on the Baxter County Quorum Court. In 2003 he began a six-year term in the Arkansas House of Representatives and in 2009 began serving in the Arkansas Senate. Senator Key is a graduate of Gurdon High School, Class of 1986, and in 1991 earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering at the University of Arkansas. Key and wife Shannon own three childcare centers, two in Mountain Home and one in Flippin. Senator Key serves on numerous subcommittees, though most relevant to readers of this blog might be the Joint Adequacy Evaluation Oversight Committee. In addition to statewide committees, regionally, he serves on  the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) . You can learn more about Senator Johnny Key on his Arkansas General Assembly Profile Page.

Senator Joyce Elliot (D-Little Rock)represents District 33 in Little Rock. She is serving her first term after being elected to the Senate in 2008. Prior to this term, Senator Elliot was a 4-term member of the Arkansas House of Representative (elected in 2000). D uring her time as a senator, she has served not only on the Senate Education Committee, but also the Joint Adequacy Evaluation Oversight Subcommittee. Regionally and nationally, Senator Elliott works with legislators as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). She sits on the Task Force on International Relations and the Education Committee and the Education Committee for SLC. In addition, Senator Elliot serves as Governor Beebe’s appointee to the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). You can learn more about Senator Joyce Elliot on her Arkansas General Assembly Profile Page.

The remaining six members are listed below. Click on their names to access their Arkansas General Assembly Profile Pages:

We expect the General Assembly to be selecting the House Education Committee members today…or soon after today. As soon as we are notified, we will update this post to include their names as well.  We received an email late Friday night with the names of the House Education Committee Members. Since the “Joint” House and Senate Education Committee includes members from both bodies, we are listing the House members (note: the House has not yet elected a Chair and Vice Chair) with web links to their General Assembly Profile Pages below :

Rep. Debra Hobbs (R-Rogers, District 96)

Rep. Les “Skip” Carnine (R-Rogers, District 94)

Rep. Robert Dale (R-Dover, District 70)

Rep. Karen Hopper (R-Mountain Home, District 81)

Rep. Ann Clemmer (R-Benton, District 29)

Rep. James McLean (D-Batesville, District 72)

Rep. Jody Dickinson (D-Newport, District 58)

Rep. John Charles Edwards (D-Little Rock, District 38)

Rep. Mark Biviano (R-Searcy, District 50)

Rep. John Catlett (D-Rover, District 61)

Rep. Homer Lenderman (D-Brookland, District 76)

Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh (R-Van Buren, District 66)

Rep. Jon Eubanks (R-Paris, District 84)

Rep. Sheilla Lampkin (D-Monticello, District 10)

Rep. James Ratliff (D-Imboden, District 73)

Rep. Bruce Cozart (R-Hot Springs, District 24)

Rep. Charlotte Douglas (R-Alma, District 75)

Rep. Mark Lowrey (R-Maumelle, District 39)

Rep. Charles Armstrong (D-Little Rock, District 30)

Rep. Brent Talley (D-Hope, District 3)

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