I serve on the House Military Affairs Committee. I wanted to share some important developments and statistics. Suicide is a national crisis affecting communities of all economic stations. Regardless of this public health issue being a diverse crisis, veterans are 1.5 times more likely to com…

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February brings us cause for much celebration, but there are two causes I would like to be very specific about. The first is heart disease because February is American Heart Month. February is also Black History Month.

Seventy years ago this month, Gov. Sid McMath and his family moved into the brand-new governor’s residence, and this week, some of the First Families who have lived there joined the First Lady and me to celebrate the anniversary.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

The election season is here, and now is the time to get registered to vote! I shared in a previous report the deadline for new voter registration in the primary; however, if you are currently a registered voter, the following information is very important. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. I wanted to share this information this week, because this problem has become a fast-growing international challenge. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Today I’d like to discuss my decision to allow a limited number of refugees to relocate legally in Arkansas after they have been vetted and cleared by agencies of the United States. The refugees are coming here after suffering violence and religious persecution. Others are allowed in because…

I hope you were all able to participate in community activities celebrating the life of Civil Rights Movement activist, the Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King. I consider the holiday a “Day On instead of a Day Off.” Thank you to the leaders who hosted events around District 11 and for allowing m…

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January is a month of celebration for the entire country as well as the State of Arkansas. It is a time set aside to remember and celebrate one of the most visible and outspoken leaders of our time, the Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

Thursday, January 09, 2020

When I was running for governor in 2014, I promised to cut our income taxes by $100 million. With the support of the general assembly, we not only kept that promise, but over the course of the past five years, we have reduced our income taxes by over $250 million each year.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that you and your family are afforded an opportunity to take some time to pause, reflect, and enjoy the holiday. I realize there are those who have obligations that may or may not allow them to enjoy the holiday season in a traditional sense; however, I want …

I recently spoke to the graduates of the Arkansas National Guard Youth Challenge, and today I would like to talk about the ways this program teaches at-risk youth in our state the skills they need to succeed.

Friday, December 20, 2019

This holiday season has truly been a blessing thus far. I have had the unique pleasure of participating in some amazing and meaningful holiday events around our district. An event I was particularly pleased to share in last week was the Desha County Chapter of Compassionate Friends for the 2…

Thursday, December 19, 2019

This week, I attended the memorial service for Fayetteville Police Officer Stephen Carr, who was killed in the line of duty last week.

This holiday season has truly been a blessing thus far. I have had the unique pleasure of participating in some amazing and meaningful holiday events around our district. An event I was particularly pleased to share in last week was the Desha County Chapter of Compassionate Friends for the 2…

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Tis the season! Each year the secretary of state invites non-instrumental musical groups from schools all over the state to perform at the Capitol during the holiday season. Everyone is invited! You might be familiar with “Sounds of the Season.” This is an annual holiday event and, this year…

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Happy Holidays! Each branch of the Assembly, the House and the Senate, publishes weekly media. I do my best to interpret and share how that information will directly affect the lives of the constituents in District 11. I know my reports are sometimes very technical; however, constituents hav…

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you and your family a reflective time to count all your blessings from this past year. Even if you have experienced challenge or tragedy, I hope that you have been able to glean ways to always be positive and grateful. This Thanksgiving, the Arkansas House is thank…

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Are you familiar with the REAL ID ACT of 2005 and how it will affect Arkansans? The REAL ID Act of 2005 is a law established by the 109th Congress of the United States. Recommended by the 9/11 Commission, the purpose of this act was to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identifica…

The chance to renew the state’s half-cent sales tax to pay for highway upkeep will be the most important issue on the ballot next year, and today I’d like to talk about why I supported the legislation that will allow us to vote on Issue One.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Almost 250,000 veterans live in Arkansas. In honor of Veterans Day this week, I hope you took a moment to celebrate the valor and courage of at least one veteran in your respective communities.

I have been in Asia this week, and as I wrap up our visit to Japan, I’d like to talk about the significance of our relationship with the country known as the Land of the Rising Sun.

Thursday, November 07, 2019

This past week, Arkansans participated in celebrating one of our own. The 92nd Assembly signed into law Act 1062. This Act designated Nov. 1, 2019 as the inaugural John H. Johnson Day in Arkansas. John H. Johnson was an Arkansan as well as a District 11 native.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Buffalo National River is 153 miles of Arkansas wilderness and great memories, and today I’d like to share some thoughts about why we must be diligent in protecting it.

October continues to be an action-packed month and a time that we have chosen to recognize many topics of importance to our District 11 community as well as all Arkansans. October is also “Farm to School Month”. One in five children are now obese, and childhood obesity has reached epidemic p…

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Last week I shared on bullying in our Public-School Systems in Arkansas. This week I would like to look forward to higher education, and the importance of school aged children developing a positive paradigm to continuing their education.

When I took office in 2015, our child-welfare and foster-care system was in urgent need of improvement, and today I’d like to discuss the tremendous progress we’ve made on behalf of the children of Arkansas.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Arkansas’s timber industry contributes $6.4 billion to our economy, and today I’d like to talk about the many benefits of the forests to our state and also the effect of the ongoing trade war.

Over the past few weeks, Joint Committees on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs have convened in various state-wide meetings. The purpose of these meetings has been to provide briefings on rule change considerations for statewide retirement agency options.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

This week I attended the Joint Committee on Energy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Many of my colleagues and I in the 92nd Assembly made the trip because there are several aspects of the topic that concern all Arkansans. Our meeting commenced at Ozark Electric and topics included renewable energy…

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

This month marks the 10th anniversary of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and I’d like to talk about the progress we’ve made and about the opportunities the scholarships have provided for many of our young people.

This week I will wrap up September as “Take Your Legislator to School” month. I have had wonderful opportunities to visit with students as well as educators regarding important issues surrounding our education system.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

For the past few weeks I have shared with you my activities for “Take Your Legislator to School Month” in September. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting several schools in District 11 including Hamburg, Crossett, and Lakeside. I was also able to visit with some of our retired educators.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

This week, I traveled to Jonesboro to help cut the ribbon at the state’s fourth Crisis Stabilization Unit, and today I’d like to talk about the difference these centers are making in Arkansas.

Continuing this month’s “Take Your Legislator to School” initiative, I would like to share another program our Assembly supports, #ARGIRLSLEAD.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, made his third official visit to Arkansas this week, and today I’m going to discuss the Shared Stewardship agreement we signed during his visit.

September is “Take Your Legislator to School Month”! Each fall when students prepare to go back to school, legislators from the Arkansas House and Senate visit schools in their local districts. The goal is to build stronger communication between educators, students, and legislators.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Vote! Vote! Vote! Election season is coming up, and now is the time to get registered to vote. In the 2019 Arkansas General Assembly, my colleagues and I passed several pieces of new legislation that will affect the upcoming 2020 election.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The legislative session has ended for 2019, but there is still a lot of positive activity happening behind the scenes on behalf of Arkansas Constituents.