United States House of Representatives Elections in Arkansas, 2012

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The 2012 United States House of Representatives elections in Arkansas will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. The Election is held to elect the four U.S. Representatives from Arkansas, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. After the 2010 United States Census, the boundaries of the state's congressional districts have been redrawn. Governor Mike Beebe signed the new map into law in April 2011.

District 1

After the 2010 United States Census, counties in southeastern Arkansas which were previous in District 4 are added in District 1. Republican incumbent Rick Crawford who was first elected in 2010 will seek a re-election.

Republican Primaries

Democratic Primaries

  • Paul Bookout - president pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate
  • L. J. Bryant
  • Chad Causey - former chief of staff to U.S. Representative Marion Berry
  • David Cook - former State Representative
  • Scott Ellington - prosecuting attorney
  • Clark Hall - state representative
  • Keith Ingram - state representative
  • Robert S. Moore - speaker of state House of Representatives
  • Steve Rockwell - Businessman
  • Robert F. Thompson - state senator

District 2

Republican Primaries

Democratic Primaries

  • David Boling - former chief of staff to U.S. Representative Vic Snyder
  • Bob Edwards - attorney
  • Bill Halter - former Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
  • Pat Hays - mayor of North Little Rock
  • David Johnson - state senator
  • Tracy Steele - state representative
  • Robbie Wills - former speaker of the state House of Representatives

District 3

Republican incumbent Steve Womack will seek a re-election.

District 4

Democratic incumbent Mike Ross, who was first elected in 2000, will not seek re-election.

Republican Primaries

  • Mark Darr - lieutenant governor
  • Gunner DeLay - attorney and former state senator
  • Glenn Gallas
  • Lane Jean - state representative
  • Beth Anne Rankin
  • Matthew Shepherd - state representative



July 25: Mike Ross, the only Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas announces that he won't seek a re-election in 2012. Mike Ross has served six terms. Ross is exploring options for running to the Governor's office in 2014. In a news conference in Little Rock, Mike Ross said, “If I ran for re-election and won, then I think I would have closed that door,” “I never believed that my service in the U.S. Congress should become a permanent career, Simply put, it is someone else’s turn to represent our state in the U.S. Congress.”

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