Randy Alexander (Arkansas politician)

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John Randall "Randy" Alexander


Arkansas State Representative for District 88
In office
January 2013 – January 2015
Preceded by Uvalde Lindsey
Succeeded by Lance Eads

Born July 17, 1951
Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Patricia Alexander
Children John Clinton "Clint" Alexander
Residence Springdale, Arkansas
Alma mater Texas A&M University-Commerce
Occupation Consultant
Religion Non-denominational Christian

John Randall Alexander, known as Randy Alexander (born July 17, 1951), is a consultant from Springdale in northwestern Arkansas, who is a Republican former state representative for District 88, which he represented for a single term from 2013 to 2015. The district is based in Washington County.[1]

Background

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Alexander holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Commerce] in northeastern Texas. He and his wife, Patricia, have a son, John Clinton "Clint" Alexander (born 1976). A daughter, Jessica, another source says "Lauren," is deceased. Alexander attends the non-denominational Fellowship Bible Church of Northwest Arkansas, located in Rogers.[2]

Alexander has held a number of business positions, most recently since 2003 as owner of Alexander & Associates consultants. Since 2011, he has been an advisor to CBI-Sunbelt in Lowellin Benton County]], Arkansas. From 2004 to 2011, he was director of campus housing at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He is a former security guard and radio host.[2]

He is an officer of the Washington County Republican Party and the Spina Bifida Foundation.[2] He is also active in the Washington County Tea Party movement.[1]

Alexander has previously resided in Johnson City, New York; Wichita, Kansas; Ames, Iowa, and Stevens Point, Wisconsin.[3]

Political life

In United States Senate election in Arkansas in 2010, Alexander was an unsuccessful Republican candidate].[2] The Republican nomination and the election went o tthen U.S. Representative John Boozman.

In 2012, Alexander was elected in state House District 88, when the incumbent Democrat, Uvalde Lindsey, was instead elected as a state senator. Alexander defeated the Democrat Edwin Sugg (born 1960) of Fayetteville, 5,589 votes (64.8 percent) to 3,042 (35.2 percent).[4]

Alexander served on these House committees: (1) Aging, Children, and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs, (2) Performance Review, and (3) Revenue & Taxation.[2]

Representative Alexander in 2013 co-sponsored a spending cap on the state budget, but the measure failed by two votes on the House floor. He voted to override of the vetoes of Democratic then GovernorMike Beebe to enact legislation to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation. He further supported related pro-life legislation 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 did not vote on a House-approved provision to ban abortion at the point at which fetal heartbreat is detected.[5]

Alexander co-sponsored legislation to empower officials of universities and religious institutions to engage in the concealed carry of firearms for campus and church safety. He voted to reduce the fees for obtaining a concealed-carry permit. He voted to prohibit the governor from regulating firearms during an emergency. He voted against legislation to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas a nonpartisan position, but the measure passed, sixty-three to twenty-four. He sponsored 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. He sponsored failed legislation to prohibit the closure of public schools after a two-year period of declining enrollment.[5]

In the 2014 Republican gubernatorial primary, Alexander endorsed the businessman Curtis Coleman, who was handily defeated by the 2006 nominee, former U.S. Representative Asa Hutchinson, then of Arkansas's 3rd congressional district. Hutchinson thensucceeded Beebe. Alexander and Coleman had both run in the 2010 primary for the Senate against John Boozman.

Alexander, with 817 votes (42 percent), was unseated in the 2014 Republican primary by Lance Eads, also of Springdale, who polled 1,137 votes (58 percent).[6]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Randy Alexander, R-88. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on January 7, 2014; information no longer accessible on-line.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Randy Alexander's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on January 7, 2013.
  3. John R Alexander in Springdale, AR. usa-people-search.com. Retrieved on January 7, 2014.
  4. District 88. Ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on December 29, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Randy Alexander's Voting Records. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on November 30, 2020.
  6. Arkansas Primary Election Results. KATV (May 20, 2014). Retrieved on May 21, 2014.