Arkansas Senate

The Senate of Arkansas (Arkansas State Senate ) is the upper house of the Arkansas General Assembly, the legislature of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

The chamber of parliament is composed of 35 Senators representing an electoral district respectively. Each of these units includes a fixed average rate of 76,000 inhabitants. The senators are elected for four -year terms, each second year is selected one half of the chamber. The terms of office are limited to two sessions.

The meeting room of the Senate is located together with the House of Representatives in Arkansas State Capitol in the Capital Little Rock.

Tasks of the Senate

The Senate from Arkansas fall As in the upper houses of other U.S. states and territories, as well as in the U.S. Senate compared to the House of Representatives special tasks that go beyond the law. So it is up to the Senate, nominations of the Governor in his cabinet to accept or reject other offices of the executive branch and commissions and authorities.

Legal basis

Structure of the chamber

President of the Senate is the acting vice governor, respectively. At votes he only participates to bring about a decision in stalemates. In the absence of the Vice- Governor of the respective President pro tempore stands in front of the plenary sessions. This is elected by the majority party of the Senate and later confirmed by the chamber. Current Lieutenant Governor and President of the Senate is Republican Mark Darr, president pro tempore of the Democrat Paul Bookout of the 14th electoral district ( Jonesboro ).

For Majority Leader ( Majority leader) of the Democrats was Robert Thompson, 11th constituency ( Paragould ) selected; Leader of the opposition (minority leader) is the Republican Ruth Whitaker from the third constituency ( Cedarville ).

Composition after the election in 2010