Robert Dale (Arkansas politician)

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Robert E. Dale

Arkansas State Representative
for District 70
In office
Preceded by Stan Berry
Succeeded by David Meeks
Assumed office 
Preceded by Andrea Lea
(moved to District 71)
Succeeded by Trevor Drown

Born August 10, 1946
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Lawanda Dale
Children Two sons
Residence Dover, Pope County
Alma mater Dover (Arkansas) High School

Arkansas Tech University

Occupation Retired banker; cattleman
Religion Baptist

Robert E. Dale (born August 10, 1946)[1] is a retired banker from Dover in Pope County in western Arkansas, who is a Republican former state representative. His District 68, which he represented from 2013 to 2015, includes Pope and Van Buren counties. From 2009 to 2013, he represented House District 70, a seat now held by Republican David Meeks of Faulkner and Van Buren counties.[2]


Dale graduated from Dover High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics[2] from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville in Pope County. He has a cattle and quail ranch. He and his wife, Lawanda, have two grown sons. He is a Baptist.[3]

Dale is a former member and president of the Dover School Board. He is a former president of the Dover Chamber of Commerce and his local Lions International. He formerly chaired the Tri-County Water Board and is a member of the Pope County Ambulance Board. In 2013, he was named Assistant Speaker Pro Tem under Speaker Davy Carter.[2]

Political life

In 2008, Dale was elected in House District 70 with 52.31 percent of the vote over a Democrat, J. Patrick Bewley, and two Independents for the seat vacated by the Republican Stan Berry.[4] He was unopposed for his second term in 2010.[5]

In 2012, he was switched to House District 68 and again ran without opposition.[6]

Dale served on the House committees on Education and Insurance & Commerce. He also sits on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.[2]

Representative Dale in 2013 voted to override the vetoes of Democratic then Governor Mike Beebe to enact legislation to require photo identification for casting a ballot in Arkansas and to ban abortion after twenty weeks of gestation. Dale supported or co-sponsored related pro-life 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 co-sponsored a spending cap in the state budget, but the measure failed to gain approval by two votes in the House. Dale voted to empower university officials to carry weapons in the name of campus safety. Similarly, he co-sponsored legislation to permit concealed weapons in religious institutions. He voted to prohibit the governor from regulating firearms in an emergency. Dale supported 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. He did not vote on a failed proposal to prohibit the closure of schools based on declining enrollments over a two-year period.[7]

In 2011, Dale in District 70 supported a dress code for public schools. He backed curriculum standards for biblical instruction in public schools. He voted for the Capital Gains Reduction Act and for a tax reduction on manufacturers' utilities. He voted to permit driver's license tests only in the English language. On January 31, 2011, Dale voted for legislation to prohibit cell phone use in school zone. He also supported the congressional redistricting bill.[7] Dale voted for an increase in the state minimum wage and for the expansion of eligibility for the children's health insurance program. He opposed a bill seeking direct popular election of the U.S. President.[7]

Dale was term-limited and ineligible to have sought a fourth term in the state House in 2014.[3] Trevor Drown, a United States Army veteran polled 2,371 votes (64 percent) to win the Republican nomination to succeed Dale. Drown defeated two intraparty rivals, Ingram Philips, also a retired Army officer, and Zachary Tyler Sellers.[8]Drown then won the general election with 78 percent of the vote over the African-American Democrat Tachany Evans.


  1. Robert Dale (Arkansas). Retrieved on November 24, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Robert Dale, R-68. Retrieved on January 1, 2014; material no longer accessible on-line.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Robert Dale's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on November 24, 2020.
  4. State Representative, District 70. Retrieved on January 1, 2014.
  5. District 70. Retrieved on January 1, 2014.
  6. District 68. Retrieved on November 24, 2020.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Robert Dale's Voting Records. Retrieved on November 24, 2020.
  8. Arkansas Primary Election Results, May 20, 2014. KATV. Retrieved on May 21, 2014; material no longer accessible on-line.