New Members 2010 - Arkansas

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SEN.-ELECT JOHN BOOZMAN (R-ARK.)

Date of Birth: Dec. 10, 1950
Birthplace: Shreveport, La.
Residence: Rogers, Ark.
Occupation: Optometrist
Education: Attended University of Arkansas for pre-optometry requirements; received an O.D. from the Southern College of Optometry 
Previous Office Held: House of Representatives
Family: Married to Cathy and has three daughters

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John Boozman comes to the Senate after serving nine years in the House, where he sat on the Foreign Affairs, Transportation and Infrastructure and Veterans’ Affairs committees.

Boozman played football for the University of Arkansas as an offensive lineman. After earning a degree in optometry from the Southern College of Optometry, he co-founded the Boozman-Hof Regional Eye Clinic in Rogers, Ark.

He created the low-vision program at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock and volunteered at a medical clinic for low-income families. He also raised Polled Hereford cattle.

In the House, Boozman worked to improve the treatment of military veterans with impaired vision and to reinstate veteran work-study benefits under the GI Bill.

He has also pursued more political objectives such as an effort to abolish the internal revenue code and display the Ten Commandments in both chambers of Congress.


REP.-ELECT RICK CRAWFORD (R-ARK.-01)

Birthdate: Jan. 22, 1966
Birthplace: Homestead Air Force Base, Fla.
Residence: Jonesboro, Ark.
Occupation: Owner, Operator of the AgWatch Network
Education: B.A., Arkansas State University
Previous Office Held: None
Family: Wife Stacy, two children

Republican Rick Crawford defeated Democrat Chad Causey for the seat being vacated next year by retiring Democratic Rep. Marion Berry. Although Berry was a popular seven-term lawmaker who ran uncontested in 2008, that support didn’t extend to Causey. Crawford also got a boost from Mike Huckabee, Arkansas’s former GOP governor, who offered his endorsement early in the contest. 

Born into a military family, Crawford was an Army bomb-disposal technician and an award-winning professional rodeo announcer before he parlayed his experience in agriculture into a mini-empire in the farm news industry. The AgWatch Network, which he owns and operates, broadcasts on 39 radio stations in five states. He’s also been a news anchor, an agriculture reporter and a marketing manager for John Deere. 


REP.-ELECT TIM GRIFFIN (R-ARK.-02)

Birthdate: Aug. 21, 1968
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Residence: Little Rock, Ark.
Occupation: Small-business owner
Education: Hendrix College; J.D., Tulane University
Previous Office Held: U.S. Attorney For The Eastern District of Arkansas
Family: Wife Elizabeth, two children

Tim Griffin beat out Democratic nominee Joyce Elliott for Arkansas’ 2nd district seat, formerly held by retired Rep. Vic Snyder (D-Ark.), who served for seven terms. 

A small-business owner in Arkansas, Griffin served as deputy research director for the Republican National Committee (RNC) during President George W. Bush’s 2000 election campaign and later worked as a legal adviser on the Bush-Cheney recount team in Florida. 

Griffin then served as the research director and deputy communications director for the RNC. From there, he worked in the White House for Bush adviser Karl Rove.

In 2006, Griffin was chosen by the White House to replace Bud Cummins as the United States attorney for the eastern district of Arkansas, but one year later, after push-back from Congress, Griffin stepped down amid reports that Cummins was forced to retire in order to allow Griffin to fill the position.


REP.-ELECT STEVE WOMACK (R-ARK.-03)

Birthdate: Feb. 18, 1957
Birthplace: Russellville, Ark.
Residence: Rogers, Ark.
Occupation: Mayor of Rogers, Ark.; former radio station manager
Education: B.A., Arkansas Tech University
Previous office held: Chairman of Arkansas Commission on National and Community Service; Rogers Park Commission; Rogers City Council; Mayor of Rogers
Family: Wife Terri, three sons

Steve Womack, the mayor of Rogers, Ark., for the past 11 years, will replace outgoing GOP Rep. John Boozman in Arkansas’ 3rd congressional district. Boozman, after five terms in the House, beat Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln for her seat. 

A retired colonel in the Arkansas National Guard, Womack defeated Democrat David Whitaker, a Fayetteville lawyer, in a race unaffected by the Tea Party, which declined to endorse Womack based on his early reluctance to sign the group’s “no new taxes” pledge. 

Womack has held numerous positions in Rogers, including stints on the city council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Parks Commission. Womack has also been manager of a local, family founded radio station and was briefly a financial consultant with Merrill Lynch.

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