Robin Lundstrum

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Robin Dale Hall Lundstrum


Arkansas State Representative
for District 87 (Benton
and Washington counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 1, 2015
Preceded by Jonathan Barnett

Born December 28, 1962
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Thomas Duane "Tom" Lundstrum
Children Mary Grace Lundstrum

Thomas David Lundstrum
'Parents:
Oscar Maxey and Margie Lyn Honeycutt Hall

Residence Springdale, Benton County, Arkansas
Alma mater University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)
Occupation Businesswoman
Religion Southern Baptist:


Robin Dale Hall Lundstrum (born December 28, 1962[1] is a property manager for an investment company in Springdale, Arkansas, who has been since 2015 a Republican state representative for District 87 in a portion of Benton and Washington counties in the northwestern portion of her state.[2]

Background

Lundstrum is the daughter of Oscar Maxey "Max" Hall, also known as "Red" Hall (1936-2000), a native of the capital city of Little Rock and a 35-year resident of northwestern Arkansas. A civil engineer, land surveyor, and real estate broker,Hall was instrumental in the development of the Springdale Municipal Airport. As a helicopter pilot for the United States Army in the Vietnam War, Hall nicknamed his 120th Aviation Company "The Razorbacks" after h alma mater, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He completed 540 combat hours and 812 missions. His ships faced ground fire twenty-five times but lost no crew members. Hall earned twenty-two air medals. He served in the Gulf War as a chief warrant officer with the 374th Army Reserve Medical Detachment from Little Rock. At the age of fifty-four, he was the oldest helicopter pilot trainer in the Persian Gulf. He died at the age of sixty-four of a cancer attributed to the long-term effects of exposure to Agent Orange in South Vietnam. He is interred at Elm Springs Cemetery in Washington County.[3]

Lundstrum's mother, Margie Lyn Honeycutt Hall (born c. 1937) of Springdale, is a retired nurse. A nursing scholarship at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville is named fin her honor. Lundstrum has a younger sister, Toni Maxine Hall Crowder of Fredericksburg, Virginia.[3][4]

Lundstrum received three degrees, two in professional education and a doctorate in health science, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. From 1989 to 1998, she was a faculty member at the private John Brown University in Siloam Springs in Benton County. Since 1993, she has been the president of Cypress Investments in Springdale.[5]

Lundstrum is a Southern Baptist and attends The Cross Church in Springdale, formerly known as the First Baptist Church of Springdale; her pastor is Ronnie Floyd, the 2014 president of the Southern Baptist Convention. She and her husband, Thomas Duane "Tom" Lundstrum (born c. 1963), a businessman, have two children, Mary Grace and Thomas David Lundstrum. She is a Rotarian and a member of the Chamber of Commerce in both Springdale and Siloam Springs.[5] She formerly resided in Fayetteville as well as Rogers and Bella Vista in Benton County.[1]

Political life

Lundstrum has been active in many Republican campaigns in northwestern Arkansas, including those for George W. Bush for U.S. President in 2000 and 2004, Winthrop Paul Rockefeller (1948-2006), the son of the late Winthrop Rockefeller, for lieutenant governor in 2002, and the late Fay Boozman and his brother, John Boozman, for the United States Senate elections of 1998 and 2010, respectively. She is former vice president of the Washington County Republican Women and a second vice-chairman of the state Republican Party. She is a member of Phyllis Schlafly's conservative Eagle Forum.[5]

A former member of the city council in Elm Springs,[5] Lundstrum in 2014 sought the District 87 seat in the Arkansas House vacated by the term-limited Republican Jonathan Barnett. In the May 20 primary election, she defeated Lucas Spencer Roebuck (born c. 1964) of Siloam Springs, a John Brown University employee, by 412 votes in a low-turnout race, 1,588 (57.5 percent) to 1,176 (42.5 percent), to gain the Republican nomination. She was then unopposed in the November 4 general election.[6]

Representative Lundstrum is assigned to the House committees on: (1) Energy (joint), (2) Insurance and Commerce, and (3) Public Health, Welfare, and Labor.[2]In February 2015, Lundstrum joined dozens of her fellow Republicans and two Democrats in co-sponsoring legislation submitted by Representative Lane Jean of Magnolia in Columbia County, to reduce unemployment compensation benefits. The measure was promptly signed into law by current Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.[7]

That same month Lundstrum supported House Bill 1228, sponsored by Republican Bob Ballinger of Carroll County, which sought to prohibit government from imposing a burden on the free exercise of religion.[8] The measure passed the House, seventy-two to twenty.[9] One of the opponents, Democratic Representative Camille Bennett, a former city attorney for Lonoke, Arkansas, called for a reworking of the legislation.[10] Bennett claimed that Ballinger's bill would establish a "type of religious litmus test" which could impact nearly any law under consideration by the legislature.[11] The measure was subsequently passed by a large margin in the House and signed into law in revised form, SB 975, by Governor Hutchinson.[12]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Robin Lundstrum. Mylife.com. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Robin Lundstrum. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on April 12, 2015; material no longer accessible on-line.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Dawn Gray (September 25, 2000). Oscar Maxey "Max" Hall. Findagrave.com; material taken from Mt. Echo Newspaper (since The Mountaineer Echo). Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  4. Flying Bananas. bananahelicopter.wordpress.com. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Robin Lundstrum. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  6. Arkansas House of Representatives, 2014 elections (District 87). ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  7. HB 1489 - Reduces Unemployment Benefits - Key Vote. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  8. HB 1228. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on September 3, 2020.
  9. HB 1228. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on December 10, 2020.
  10. Indiana, Arkansas try to stem religious objections uproar. Atlantic Broadband (April 3, 2015). Retrieved on April 14, 2015; material no longer accessible on-line.
  11. Opponents of Religious Freedom Bill Point Out Law Differences, Possible Unintended Consequences. Fox Channel 16 (April 1, 2015). Retrieved on April 14, 2015 material no longer accessible on-line.
  12. Gov. Hutchinson signs revised religious freedom bill; HB 1228 recalled. KTHV-TV (April 2, 2015). Retrieved on April 14, 2015; material no longer accessible on-line.