Arkansas House of Representatives
|92nd Arkansas General Assembly|
|16 Years (both houses)|
New session started
|January 14, 2019|
Speaker of the House
Speaker pro Tempore
Jon Eubanks (R)
since January 2015
Marcus E Richmond (R)
since January 2015
Length of term
|Authority||Article 8, Section 2, Arkansas Constitution|
|Salary||$39,399.84/year + per diem|
|November 8, 2016|
|November 6, 2018|
|Redistricting||Arkansas Board of Apportionment and Arkansas General Assembly|
|House of Representatives Chamber|
Arkansas State Capitol
Little Rock, Arkansas
|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.
A lower house is one of two chambers of a bicameral legislature, the other chamber being the upper house.
The Arkansas General Assembly is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The legislature is a bicameral body composed of the upper house Arkansas Senate with 35 members, and the lower Arkansas House of Representatives with 100 members. All 135 representatives and state senators represent an equal amount of constituent districts. The General Assembly convenes on the second Monday of every other year. A session lasts for 60 days unless the legislature votes to extend it. The Governor of Arkansas can issue a "call" for a special session during the interims between regular sessions. The General Assembly meets at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
A state legislature in the United States is the legislative body of any of the 50 U.S. states. The formal name varies from state to state. In 25 states, the legislature is simply called the Legislature, or the State Legislature, while in 19 states, the legislature is called the General Assembly. In Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the legislature is called the General Court, while North Dakota and Oregon designate the legislature the Legislative Assembly.
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.
The Arkansas State Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the Arkansas General Assembly, and the seat of the Arkansas state government that sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the Capitol Mall in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. It was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau. The six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.
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.
The speaker of a deliberative assembly, especially a legislative body, is its presiding officer, or the chair. The title was first used in 1377 in England.
|Speaker of the House||Jeremy Gillam||Republican||White||45|
|Speaker pro tempore||Jon Eubanks||Republican||Logan/Franklin/Scott/Sebastian||74|
|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|
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
|End of the 90th General Assembly||68||31||1||0||100||0|
|Beginning of the 91st General Assembly||76||24||0||0||100||0|
|Latest voting share||76%||24%|
|7||Sonia Eubanks Barker||Rep||2016||2032|
|47||Michael John Gray||Dem||2014||2030|
|90||Jana Della Rosa||Rep||2014||2030|
The House has 10 Standing Committees:
HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEES
CURRENT COMMITTEES INCLUDE:
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.
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