Donnie Copeland

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Donnie Ray Copeland


Arkansas State Representative for District 38 (Pulaski County)
In office
January 2015 – January 2017
Preceded by Patti Julian
Succeeded by Carlton Wing

Born March 16, 1961
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Citizenship American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Shari Copeland
Children Three children
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Monroe
Occupation Pastor of Apostlic Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock

Donnie Ray Copeland (born March 16, 1961) is the pastor of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas,[1] who is a former one-term Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 38 in Pulaski County.[2]

Rather than seeking a second term in the state House, Copeland ran unsuccessfully on March 1, 2016, in the Republican primary election for the District 34 seat in Arkansas State Senate. He polled 6,365 votes (48.8 percent) against the successful incumbent, Jane English, who received 6,687 votes (51.2 percent).[3] English defeated the Democrat Joe Woodson, also of North Little Rock, in the November 8 general election.[4]

In 2014, Copeland won the House position with 5,710 votes (51.5 percent), when he unseated the one-term Democrat Patti Julian, who polled 5,389 votes (48.5 percent).[3]

Copeland attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Louisiana, when the institution was known as Northeast Louisiana University. In his legislative term, Copeland served on these committees: (1) City, County and Local Affairs, (2) Judiciary, and (3) Public Retirement and Social Security.[2]

In 2010, Copeland polled 60,072 votes (48.1 percent) in the Republican primary for Arkansas lieutenant governor, having been defeated by Mark Darr, who received 64,883 votes (51.9 percent). Darr then won the general election over the Democrat Shane Broadway for the seat vacated by another Democrat, Bill Halter.[3]

References

  1. Donnie Copeland. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Donnie Copeland. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Copeland, Donnie. ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.
  4. Arkansas State Senate 34. ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved on April 18, 2016.