Republican Party of Arkansas
The Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA), headquartered at 1201 West 6th Street in downtown Little Rock, is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Arkansas. It is currently the dominant party in the state, controlling all four of Arkansas' U.S. House seats, both U.S. Senate seats, all statewide executive offices, including the governorship, and supermajorities in both houses of the state legislature.
Republican Party of Arkansas
|Governor||Sarah Huckabee Sanders|
|Lieutenant Governor||Leslie Rutledge|
|Senate President pro tempore||Bart Hester|
|House Speaker||Matthew Shepherd|
|Founded||April 2, 1867|
|Headquarters||1201 West 6th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas|
|Membership (June 2021)||117,277|
|National affiliation||Republican Party|
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|Statewide Executive Offices|
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
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The Republican Party of Arkansas was founded on April 2, 1867, by "the leading Union men" of Arkansas. Under Powell Clayton, it played a preeminent role in politics at the height of Reconstruction in the state (1864–1874). The party chairman is Jonelle Fulmer
The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), 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 Democratic Party in the former states of the old Confederacy, 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's second term as governor of Arkansas. Johnson held the position until early in 1973, when he left Arkansas to take a position with the former Farmers Home Administration in Washington.
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 General Assembly.
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.
As of 2023, there have been a total of eight Republican governors.
|#||Governor||Photo||County||Start date||End date||Time in office|
|9||Powell Clayton (1833–1914)||Jefferson||July 2, 1868||March 17, 1871[a]||2 years, 258 days|
|—||Ozra Amander Hadley (1826–1915)||Pulaski||March 17, 1871||January 6, 1873||1 year, 295 days[b]|
|10||Elisha Baxter (1827–1899)||Independence||January 6, 1873||November 12, 1874||1 year, 310 days|
|37||Winthrop Rockefeller (1912–1973)||Conway||January 10, 1967||January 12, 1971||4 years, 2 days|
|41||Frank D. White (1933–2003)||Pulaski||January 19, 1981||January 11, 1983||1 year, 357 days|
|44||Mike Huckabee (born 1955)||Hempstead||July 15, 1996||January 9, 2007||10 years, 359 days|
|46||Asa Hutchinson (born 1950)||Benton||January 13, 2015||January 10, 2023||7 years, 362 days|
|47||Sarah Huckabee Sanders (born 1982)||Hempstead||January 10, 2023||Incumbent||138 days|
Current elected officialsEdit
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 CongressEdit
Republicans have controlled both of Arkansas's seats in the U.S. Senate since 2014:
Junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton
Senior U.S. Senator John Boozman
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
Out of the four seats Arkansas is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, all four are held by Republicans:
Republicans control all seven of the elected statewide constitutional offices:
- Secretary of State: John Thurston
- State Auditor: Dennis Milligan
- State Treasurer: Mark Lowery
- Commissioner of State Lands: Tommy Land
State legislative leadersEdit
- Senate President Pro Tempore: Jimmy Hickey Jr.
- Senate Majority Leader: Bart Hester
- Speaker of the House: Matthew Shepherd
- Speaker Pro Tempore: Jon Eubanks
- House Majority Leader: Austin McCollum
List of chairmenEdit
This is a list of chairmen of the Republican Party of Arkansas:
- 1932–1955: Osro Cobb
- 1955–1962: Ben C. Henley
- 1962–1964: William L. Spicer
- 1964–1966: John P. Hammerschmidt
- 1966–1970: Odell Pollard
- 1970–1972: Charles T. Bernard
- 1972–1974: Jim Caldwell
- 1974–1980: A. Lynn Lowe
- 1980: Jeraldine D. Pruden (interim)
- 1980–1982: Harlan Holleman
- 1982: Bob Cohee (interim)
- 1982–1983: Morris S. Arnold
- 1983–1984: Bob Leslie
- 1984–1985: William Kelly
- 1985: Sharon Trusty (interim)
- 1985–1986: Len E. Blaylock
- 1986–1988: Ed Bethune
- 1988–1990: Dr. Ken Coon
- 1991–1992: Asa Hutchinson (co-chairman)
- 1991–1992: Sheffield Nelson (co-chairman)
- 1992–1995: Asa Hutchinson
- 1996–2002: Lloyd Vance Stone Jr.
- 2002–2003: John P. Hammerschmidt
- 2003–2004: Winthrop P. Rockefeller
- 2004–2007: Gilbert Baker
- 2007–2008: Dennis Milligan
- 2008–2020: Doyle Webb
- 2020–present: Jonelle Fulmer
- ^ "VR Statistics Report for June 2021" (PDF). Retrieved June 9, 2021.
- ^ Clayton, Powell (1915). The Aftermath of the Civil War, in Arkansas. New York: The Neale Publishing Company. pp. 35–37. LCCN 15004463. OCLC 3508506. OL 6574262M – via Internet Archive. This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
- ^ Barth, Jay (September 19, 2017). "Republican Party". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Little Rock, Arkansas: CALS. 594. Retrieved October 18, 2020.
- ^ Arkansas Outlook, Arkansas Republican Party newsletter, February 1973
- ^ 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.