Richard Barclay

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Richard L. "Dick" Barclay​

Arkansas State Representative
for Benton County​
In office
1976​ – 1992​

Born June 5, 1937​
Oberlin, Decatur County
Kansas, USA
Died January 4, 2019 (aged 81)
Rogers, Arkansas
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janice "Jan" Kay Forbes Barclay
Children Jill B. Gulick

Rick Barclay
John Andrew Barclay
Francis and Margaret Barclay​

Residence Rogers, Arkansas
Alma mater Topeka High School
(Topeka, Kansas)

Kansas State University

Occupation Certified Public Accountant
Religion Disciples of Christ

Richard L. Barclay, known as Dick Barclay (June 5, 1937 – January 4, 2019),[1] was a Certified Public Accountant in Rogers in Benton County in the northwestern corner of Arkansas, who was a Republican state representative from 1976 to 1992.[2]

He was also the director of the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration under Republican former Governor Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee. In 1992, he lost a primary election for the United States House of Representatives to then fellow state Representative Tim Hutchinson of Bentonville, the seat of government for Benton County.


Barclay was born in Oberlin in Decatur County in northwestern Kansas to Francis and Margaret Barclay. He graduated from Topeka High School in the Kansas capital and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He and his wife, the former Janice Kay "Jan" Forbes (born 1939), honeymooned in Rogers and decided to settle there. In 1961, he began work as an accountant with his brother, Charles "Chuck" Barclay.[1]

Barclay loved music. He played in a bluegrass band and sang in a barbershop quartet.[1]


Barclay was a partner in the firm Beall, Barclay, and Company and a member of the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, of which he was the president in 2000, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He was a director of the Federal Savings Bank in Rogers and United Bank. He is a former vice president of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the board of directors of the Brokers National Life Assurance Company and one of sixteen commissioners of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.

In 2000, Barclay was named "Arkansas Business Person of the Year" by Beta Gamma Sigma of the Sam Walton Business College at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Thomas F. "Mack" McLarty, III, a former chief of staff to U.S. President William Jefferson Blythe "Bill" Clinton, won this honor in 2007.[3]

As a legislator, Barclay lobbied for state funding to establish Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville and served on the board of the college foundation/[1] Barclay was executive director of Legislative Affairs and Budget until tapped by Governor Huckabee in 1999 to head Finance and Administration. He left state employment in the spring of 2002 to return to his business in Rogers and was succeeded by Richard A. Weiss, who left the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality to take the Finance and Administration position.

Barclay did not seek a ninth two-year term in the Arkansas House in 1992. Instead, he ran for the 3rd congressional district seat opened by the retirement of longtime Republican incumbent John Paul Hammerschmidt. However, he lost the GOP nomination to Tim Hutchinson, who would serve in the U.S. House from 1993 to 1997 and in the United States Senate from 1997 to 2003.​

In 2003, Barclay served as chairman of the Benton County Republican Party.[4]

Barclay was a member of the Disciples of Christ denomination, but his funeral was held at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers, at which his son, John Andrew Barclay, is the pastor. He and his wife have two other children, Jill B. Gulick and Rick Barclay. The obituary does not mention a place of interment.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Obituary of Richard "Dick" Barclay. Northwest Arkansas on-line (January 6, 2019). Retrieved on April 29, 2020.
  2. Richard Barclay. Retrieved on April 27, 2020.
  3. Beta Gamma Sigma. University of Arkansas Walton College of Business. Retrieved on April 27, 2020; material may no longer be accessible.
  4. Barclay, Richard. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on April 27, 2020.

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