Democratic Party of Arkansas

Democratic Party of Arkansas
Chairman Will Bond
Senate leader Paul Bookout
House leader Robert Moore
Headquarters 1300 W. Capitol Ave. Little Rock, AR 72201
Ideology American Liberalism[citation needed]
National affiliation Democratic Party
Official colors Blue
Politics of the United States
Political parties

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is the local branch of the United States Democratic Party in the state of Arkansas. It is responsible for promoting the ideologies and core values of the national Democratic Party in Arkansas.



Before Arkansas became a state on June 15, 1836, its politics was dominated by a small group commonly called "The Family" or "The Dynasty" until the American Civil War.[1]. The founder of this party was James Conway, who was inspired by the death of his older brother, Henry Conway.[2]. Henry Conway was killed in a duel, that took place on October 27th,1827, by Robert Crittenden, former friend, that soon became his political opposition [3]. In an act to avenge his brother's death, he formed the first political party of Arkansas, "The Dynasty" [4] . Many of the members in this group were relate by either blood or marriage, and thus how it received the name, "The Family"[2]. This group was closely allied with former President Andrew Jackson[1]. Arkansas began its statehood with a strong Democratic dominance in politics. The Democratic Party won every election for governor until 1966, when Republican Winthrop Rockefeller won Governorship[1]. Although the Democratic Party of Arkansas is not as dominant as it once was, it still has a strong presence in the state. Arkansas has traditionally had a two-party government, with the opponents of The Family being the Whigs, and the current opposition to the Democratic Party being the Republican Party. The early Democratic Party has ideologies that are more closely relatable to the modern day Republican Party.[citation needed]

Past Governors

This list shows the trends of the State of Arkansas in Governor Elections since 1941.

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Modern day Democratic Party

Current elected officials

Members of Congress

U.S. Senate

U.S. House of Representatives

Statewide offices

State Legislature

Party platform

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has a platform standing on the following principles: law and order with justice, every citizen, regardless of religion or race, is entitled to an equal voice in government. Also, it advocates equal opportunity, fairness and justice, and progressiveness. It not only promotes these standards, but also takes action to achieve them. With these principles comes a list of 52 rules[7]. The platform is filled with values such as ethics, education, economic development and opportunity, agriculture, transportation and infrastructure, environment and energy, health care, social security/medicaid/medicare, taxes, military/veterans and nation's security, criminal justice, civil rights and civil liberties, and public service. Its position on these topics mirrors closely that of the national Democratic Party[8].

See also

L. J. Bryant was the Democratic Party of Arkansas' nominee for Land Commissioner in 2010. He is thought to be the youngest nominee at 23 of a major political party for a statewide office in Arkansas and maybe the country.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Democratic Party, The Encyclopedia of Arkansas history and culture.
  2. ^ a b . "The Family", The Encyclopedia of Arkansas history and culture.
  3. ^ White, Lonnie J. Politics on the Southwestern Frontier: Arkansas Territory, 1819-1836,. Memphis: Memphis State UP, 1964. Print.
  4. ^ White, Lonnie J. Politics on the Southwestern Frontier: Arkansas Territory, 1819-1836,. Memphis: Memphis State UP, 1964. Print.
  5. ^ Moore, Waddy William. Arkansas in the Gilded Age, 1874-1900. Little Rock, AR: Rose Pub., 1976. Print.
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  7. ^ Rules
  8. ^ Party platform

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