Arkansas Pastors: Awareness About Our State

Arkansas State Information

Arkansas is located in the southern United States and was admitted into the Union on June 15, 1836 as the 25th state. In the United States, it is the 32nd most populous state. The capital and most populous city of Arkansas is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state.

Arkansas has two members of the U.S. Senate, a total of four members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 35 members of the State Senate and 100 members of the House of Representatives.

Arkansas Became a State

In 1836, Arkansas held a constitutional convention to draft a document in order to qualify for statehood. The constitution created at that convention was ratified by Congress on January 30, 1836. On June 15, 1836, President Andrew Jackson signed the act, making Arkansas a state.

Arkansas Constitutions

That constitution was the first of five in the state’s history. The next constitution was created when the state seceded from the Union in May 1861. It was kept mostly in tact from the original but changed references to the United States of America to the Confederate States of America. The third constitution was adopted in 1864 and was a requirement to qualify for wartime reconstruction. The fourth constitution officially brought Arkansas back to the Union in 1868. It was written following the terms of the Reconstruction Acts of 1867. The fifth and final constitution was adopted in 1874. This document transferred a great deal of power from the state to local governments. Eighty-three amendments have been adopted to the current constitution since then.

Preamble to the Arkansas Constitution

We, the People of the State of Arkansas, grateful to Almighty God for the privilege of choosing our own form of government; for our civil and religious liberty; and desiring to perpetuate its blessings, and secure the same to our selves and posterity; do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Amending the Arkansas State Constitution

The current Constitution allows for two methods of amendment.

Under Section 22 of Article 19, both houses of the Arkansas General Assembly may propose amendments. The amendment requires majority approval from both houses, and the vote must be recorded. The amendment must also be published in at least one newspaper in each county for six months prior to the next election of the Assembly and also requires majority approval from the voters.

However, the Section places further restrictions on legislative amendments:

Each amendment must be separately placed on the ballot.

No more than three amendments may be placed on any one ballot.

Amendment by Initiative

Under Section 1 of Article 5, ten percent of legal voters may propose a constitutional amendment by initiative. Majority approval of the voters is needed to pass it. No less than four months before the election, the proposed amendment must be filed with the Arkansas Secretary of State, and 30 days prior to the election the petitioners must publish the amendment “in some paper of general circulation.”

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Article 2, Section 1: Source of power. All political power is inherent in the people and government is instituted for their protection, security and benefit; and they have the right to alter, reform or abolish the same, in such manner as they may think proper.

Article 2, Section 2: Freedom and independence. All men are created equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and inalienable rights; amongst which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; of acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and reputation; and of pursuing their own happiness. To secure these rights governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Article 2, Section 5: Right to bear arms. The citizens of this State shall have the right to keep and bear arms, for their common defense.

Article 19, Section 1: Atheists Disqualified from Holding Office or Testifying as Witness.  No person who denies the being of a God shall hold any office in the civil departments of this State, nor be competent to testify as a witness in any Court.

Amendement 83, Section 1: Marriage. Marriage consists only of the union of one man and one woman.

Current Legislator List

Name (Ascending)
Representative Charles L. Armstrong House 36 30
Representative Eddie L. Armstrong House 37 37
Representative John Baine House 49 7
Representative Bob Ballinger House 44 97
Representative Scott Baltz House 28 61
Representative Rick Beck House 76 65
Representative Nate Bell House 25 20
Representative Camille Bennett House 88 14
Representative Mary Bentley House 67 73
Representative Charles Blake House 73 36
Senator Cecile Bledsoe Senate 2 3
Representative Justin Boyd House 78 77
Representative Ken Bragg House 41 15
Representative David L. Branscum House 16 83
Representative Mary Broadaway House 54 57
Representative Karilyn Brown House 92 41
Senator David Burnett Senate 8 22
Senator Ronald Caldwell Senate 15 23
Senator Eddie Cheatham Senate 28 26
Senator Linda Chesterfield Senate 5 30
Senator Alan Clark Senate 18 13
Representative Charlie Collins House 7 84
Senator Linda Collins-Smith Senate 34 19
Senator John Cooper Senate 30 21
Representative Donnie Copeland House 69 38
Representative Bruce Cozart House 26 24
Representative Andy Davis House 46 31
Representative Gary Deffenbaugh House 11 79
Representative Jana Della Rosa House 71 90
Senator Jonathan Dismang Senate 11 28
Representative Jim Dotson House 35 93
Representative Charlotte V. Douglas House 29 75
Representative Dan M. Douglas House 59 91
Representative R. Trevor Drown House 66 68
Representative Lance Eads House 86 88
Representative Les Eaves House 62 46
Senator Joyce Elliott Senate 3 31
Senator Jane English Senate 16 34
Representative Jon S. Eubanks House 15 74
Representative Joe Farrer House 52 44
Representative Deborah Ferguson House 53 51
Representative Kenneth B. Ferguson House 77 16
Representative David Fielding House 24 5
Senator Jake Files Senate 10 8
Representative Charlene Fite House 43 80
Representative Lanny Fite House 82 23
Senator Scott Flippo Senate 31 17
Senator Stephanie Flowers Senate 7 25
Representative Vivian Flowers House 87 17
Representative Mickey Gates House 91 22
Representative Jeremy Gillam House 20 45
Representative Justin Gonzales House 74 19
Representative Bill Gossage House 47 82
Representative Michael John Gray House 98 47
Representative Michelle Gray House 68 62
Representative Kim Hammer House 14 28
Representative Justin T. Harris House 12 81
Representative Ken Henderson House 80 71
Senator Jim Hendren Senate 22 2
Representative Kim Hendren House 60 92
Senator Bart Hester Senate 27 1
Representative Mary P. “Prissy” Hickerson House 21 1
Senator Jimmy Hickey, Jr Senate 25 11
Representative David Hillman House 50 13
Representative Monte Hodges House 57 55
Representative Grant Hodges House 72 96
Representative Mike Holcomb House 42 10
Representative Douglas House House 27 40
Senator Jeremy Hutchinson Senate 13 33
Senator Keith Ingram Senate 20 24
Senator Missy Irvin Senate 9 18
Representative Lane Jean House 5 2
Representative Joe Jett House 39 56
Senator David Johnson Senate 1 32
Representative Bob Johnson House 85 42
Senator Blake Johnson Senate 33 20
Senator Bryan King Senate 29 5
Representative Jack Ladyman House 64 59
Representative Sheilla E. Lampkin House 17 9
Representative Greg Leding House 4 86
Representative Tim Lemons House 84 43
Representative Kelley Linck House 9 99
Senator Uvalde Lindsey Senate 17 4
Representative Fredrick J. Love House 6 29
Representative Mark Lowery House 30 39
Representative Robin Lundstrum House 65 87
Representative Stephen Magie House 34 72
Senator Bruce Maloch Senate 19 12
Representative Julie Mayberry House 90 27
Representative Mark D. McElroy House 33 11
Representative George B. McGill House 45 78
Representative Ron McNair House 63 98
Representative David Meeks House 19 70
Representative Stephen Meeks House 1 67
Representative Josh Miller House 38 66
Representative Reginald Murdock House 8 48
Representative Micah S. Neal House 51 89
Representative Milton Nicks, Jr. House 95 50
Representative Betty Overbey House 22 69
Representative John Payton House 55 64
Representative Rebecca Petty House 61 94
Senator Bobby J. Pierce Senate 21 27
Representative Mathew W. Pitsch House 94 76
Senator Jason Rapert Senate 6 35
Representative James Ratliff House 18 60
Senator Terry Rice Senate 32 9
Representative Chris Richey House 32 12
Representative Marcus E. Richmond House 96 21
Representative Laurie Rushing House 79 26
Representative Warwick Sabin House 56 33
Senator Bill Sample Senate 12 14
Senator David J. Sanders Senate 26 15
Representative Sue Scott House 31 95
Representative Matthew J. Shepherd House 10 6
Representative Brandt Smith House 100 58
Representative James J. Sorvillo House 83 32
Representative Nelda Speaks House 89 100
Senator Greg Standridge Senate 35 16
Senator Gary Stubblefield Senate 23 6
Representative James Sturch House 99 63
Representative Dan Sullivan House 81 53
Representative Brent Talley House 58 3
Senator Larry Teague Senate 4 10
Representative Dwight Tosh House 70 52
Representative Clarke Tucker House 75 35
Representative DeAnn Vaught House 93 4
Representative John T. Vines House 3 25
Representative John W. Walker House 23 34
Representative Dave Wallace House 97 54
Representative Jeff Wardlaw House 13 8
Representative David Whitaker House 48 85
Senator Eddie Joe Williams Senate 14 29
Representative Richard Womack House 40 18
Senator Jon Woods Senate 24 7
Representative Marshall Wright House 2 49


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