Joe Farrer

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Joseph Bradley "Joe" Farrer


Arkansas State Representative
for District 44 (Faulkner, Lonoke, and White counties)
In office
January 2013 – January 2019
Preceded by Mark Perry (moved
to District 42)
Succeeded by Cameron Cooper

Born March 26, 1962
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Victoria Marie Binns "Vikki" Farrer
Children Three children
Residence Austin, Lonoke County,
Arkansas, USA
Alma mater University of Central Arkansas
Occupation Physical therapist and

hospital administrator

Religion Episcopalian

Joseph Bradley Farrer, known as Joe Farrer (born March 26, 1962),[1] is the owner of Farrer Physical Therapy in Jacksonville, Arkansas, and a Republican former state representative for District 44 His jurisdiction included Faulkner, Lonoke, and White counties.[2]

Background

Farrer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway in Faulkner County.[3]

Farrer and his wife, the former Victoria Marie Binns, known as "Vikki" Farrer (born 1966), have three children.[3] They reside in Austin in Lonoke County.

Political life

Farrer is a former Lonoke County justice of the peace. He also owns a laundromat.[3]

Farrer was unopposed in 2012 for the Republican nomination in House District 44. He then handily defeated the Democratic candidate, Judy Riley, 6,397 votes (64.4 percent) to 3,539 (34.6 percent). The incumbent Democratic representative, Mark Perry, was moved from District 44 and was reelected in the revised House District 42.[4]

Farrer served on these House committees: (1) Public Transportation Committee and (2) Insurance and Commerce, (3) Energy).[2][3]

Then Representative Farrer co-sponsored in 2013 to the establishment of a spending cap on the state budget, but the bill failed by a two-vote margin in the House. He co-sponsored legislation to amend state income tax rates. He joined the majority to override the vetoes of Democratic then Governor Mike Beebe to enact legislation, which he co-sponsored, to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation. Representative Farrer further co-sponsored legislation to ban abortion whenever fetal heartbeat is detected, to forbid the inclusion of abortion in the state insurance exchange, and to make the death of an unborn child a felony in certain cases. He voted to empower university officials to carry weapons in the name of campus safety and co-sponsored similar legislation to allow religious institutions to be armed. He voted against legislation to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas nonpartisan. He supported the bill, signed by Governor Beebe, to permit the sale of up to five hundred gallons per month of unpasteurized whole milk directly from the farm to consumers.[5]

Farrer did not seek a third legislative term and was succeeded in 2019 by fellow Republican Cameron Cooper.

References

  1. Joseph Farrer. Mylife.com. Retrieved on February 18, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Joe Farrer, R-44. Arkansas House of Representatives. Retrieved on December 27, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Joe Farrer's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on February 18, 2021.
  4. District 44. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on February 18, 2021.
  5. Joe Farrer's Voting Records. votesmart.org. Retrieved on December 27, 2013.