|Donnie Ray Copeland|
Arkansas State Representative for District 38 (Pulaski County)
January 2015 – January 2017
|Preceded by||Patti Julian|
|Succeeded by||Carlton Wing|
|Born|| March 16, 1961|
Monroe, Louisiana, USA
|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, who is a Republican former one-term member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 38 in Pulaski County.
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). English defeated the Democrat Joe Woodson, also of North Little Rock, in the November 8 general election.
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).
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.
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.