|Bruce Alan Cozart|
Arkansas State Representative
for District 24 (Garland County)
|Assumed office |
|Preceded by||R. D. "Rick" Saunders|
|Born|| October 3, 1955|
Pearcy, Garland County, Arkansas
|Spouse(s)||Deborah L. Cozart|
|Children|| Trevor H. Cozart|
Cody Z. Cozart
|Residence||Hot Springs, Garland County|
|Alma mater||Lake Hamilton High School|
|Religion||Assembly of God|
A native of Pearcy in Garland County, he has since 1977 owned Bruce Cozart Construction, Inc., which engages in both commercial and residential buildings. A graduate of Lake Hamilton High School in Pearcy, Cozart served from 1991 to 2001 on the Lake Hamilton School Board, of which he is also a past president. He is affiliated with the Arkansas and Hot Springs home builders associations and Habitat for Humanity.
In the 2010 general election for House District 24, Republican candidate Keith Crass, an accountant from Hot Springs, died at the age of fifty-one of a heart attack during the campaign. Crass nevertheless defeated the Democratic candidate, Garland County Judge Larry Williams, 4,988 votes (55.7 percent) to 3,972 (44.3 percent).
A special election was hence held on March 8, 2011. As the Republican nominee, Cozart defeated another Democrat, Jerry M. Rephan, in a low-turnout contest, 1,862 votes (60.4 percent) to 1,223 (39.6 percent). Cozart won a full term in the general election held on November 6, 2012. He serves on both the House committees of Education and City, County, and Local Affairs.
Cozart has a conservative voting record in the state House. He voted to override the vetoes of Democratic then Governor Mike Beebe to enact legislation requiring photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation; he was the co-sponsor of both of these measures. He voted to ban abortion whenever fetal heartbeat is detected and to make the death of an unborn child a felony in certain cases. He voted for curriculum standards for Bible instruction in public schools. Cozart co-sponsored legislation to allow handguns on church properties. He voted to empower university officials to carry weapons in the name of campus safety. He did not vote on measures to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas nonpartisan or to allow the sale of up to five hundred gallons per month of unpasteurized whole milk directly from the farm to consumers.
- Bruce Cozart's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on January 15, 2020.
- Bruze Cozart, R-24. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on December 14, 2013.
- Deceased candidate wins seat in Garland County. arkansasonline.com (November 2, 2010). Retrieved on December 14, 2013.
- State Representative District 024 - Certified, 2010. sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved on December 14, 2013.
- State Representative District 024 - Certified, 2011. sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved on December 14, 2013.
- Bruce Cazort's Voting Records. votesmart.org. Retrieved on January 15, 2021.