William Tracy Arnold

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William Tracy Arnold
Member of the MississippiHouseofRepresentatives
from the 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2012
Preceded by William J. McCoy
Personal details
Born
William Tracy Arnold

(1969-02-14) February 14, 1969 (age 52)
Prentiss County, Mississippi, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children2
Residence Booneville, Mississippi
Alma mater Life International Bible Institute and Seminary (DD)
OccupationPastor

William Tracy Arnold (born February 14, 1969) is an American politician, representing the 3rd district in the Mississippi House of Representatives since 2012.

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Early life and education

Arnold was born in Prentiss County, Mississippi on February 14, 1969, where he attended New Site High School. [1] In 1998, he received a Doctorate of Divinity in Theology from the Life International Bible Institute and Seminary. [2] He serves as a pastor for The Vineyard Church, which is located in the 3rd district in Booneville. [3]

Political career

In 2007, Arnold ran an unsuccessful campaign against then-incumbent Representative and Speaker of the House William J. McCoy, receiving 38% of the vote. [4]

2011–2015

In 2011, Arnold ran for election to the 3rd district following news that McCoy would not seek reelection. [5] He ran unopposed in the Republican primary and ran against Democratic contender Tommy Cadle, where he won in the general election with 53% of the vote to Cadle's 47%. [6] He assumed office on January 3, 2012. [6]

Running as a Republican, Arnold flipped the seat, as McCoy was a Democrat. [4]

2015–2019

For the 2015 election, Arnold faced Democratic candidate Lauren Childers. [7] Childers, a daughter of former United States House Representative Travis Childers, won in the Democratic primary with 68.5% of the vote. [6] [7] She lost in the general election, receiving around 43% of the vote. [6]

In 2016, Arnold was a cosponsor of the controversial Religious Liberty Accommodations Act. [8] [9]

As of 2021, Mississippi is the only state that doesn't have a law supporting equal pay. [10] Arnold, who is a supporter of pay equity, spearheaded a bill to establish equal pay for equal work as a state law in 2018. [3] [11] The bill failed to garner enough support for it to pass. [11]

2019–present

Arnold held his seat against Democratic contender Janis Patterson, winning nearly 78% of the vote. [6] [12]

In 2020, Arnold sponsored two bills to restrict Internet pornography, with his reasoning being to protect children and to help stop human trafficking. [13] Both bills died in committee. [14] [15]

For the 2021 session, Arnold chairs the Interstate Corporation committee and is a member on the following others: Agriculture, Appropriations, Banking and Financial Services, Energy, Insurance, and Transportation. [16]

Political positions

During his election campaign in 2011, Arnold voiced support for additional funding for education. [4]

In 2020, Arnold voted no to a resolution on changing the Mississippi State flag. [17]

Arnold describes himself as "staunchly pro-life". [3] He supports the NRA and Farm Bureau. [10]

Personal life

Arnold is married and has two children. [1] [18] He and his family are of Christian faith. [1]

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References

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  3. 1 2 3 Arnold, Tracy (January 31, 2018). "TRACY ARNOLD: The pro-life, faith-based case for pay equity". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  4. 1 2 3 Harrison, Bobby (October 30, 2011). "Arnold, Cadle compete to succeed Billy McCoy". Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
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  9. "Outrageous "Religious Liberty Accommodations Act" Advances in Mississippi" (Press release). Jackson, Mississippi: Human Rights Campaign. February 18, 2016.
  10. 1 2 Fowler, Sarah (January 20, 2018). "Will an equal pay bill ever pass in Mississippi?". Clarion Ledger . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  11. 1 2 Franzier, Desare (January 31, 2018). "Equal Pay for Equal Work Fails to Garner Enough Support". Mississippi Public Broadcasting . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  12. Sappington, Brant (November 6, 2019). "Arnold holds House seat". Daily Corinthian. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  13. Ulmer, Sarah (February 21, 2020). "Mississippi could ban internet porn". Y'all Politics . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  14. "HB 1116 - History of Actions/Background". billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Mississippi House of Representatives. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  15. "HB 1120 - History of Actions/Background". billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Mississippi House of Representatives. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  16. "2021 House of Representatives Committee Listing". billstatus.ls.state.ms.us. Mississippi House of Representatives. 2021. Archived from the original on March 14, 2021. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
  17. Bologna, Giacomo (June 27, 2020). "Here is how each lawmaker voted on the Mississippi state flag resolution". Clarion Ledger . Retrieved March 18, 2021.
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