Ron Caldwell (Arkansas politician)

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Ronald R. "Ron" Caldwell


Arkansas State Senator for District 23 (Jackson, Cross, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff counties)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2013
Preceded by Jerry Taylor

Born August 21, 1951
Place of birth missing
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Brenda C. Caldwell
Children Corey Crain Caldwell

Mary Ann Weatherford

Residence Wynne, Cross County
Arkansas, USA
Alma mater Wynne High School

Arkansas State University

Occupation Businessman
Religion Southern Baptist

Ronald R. "Ron" Caldwell (born August 21, 1951)[1] is a businessman from Wynne in Cross County in eastern Arkansas, who has been since 2013 a Republican state senator for District 23, which encompasse Jackson and portions of Cross, Lee, Monroe, St. Francis, White, and Woodruff counties.[2]

Background

Caldwell graduated in 1969 from Wynne High School and thereafter from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, from which he received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He and his wife, Brenda, married c. 1977, have two children, Corey Crain Caldwell (born 1978) and Mary Ann Caldwell Weatherford (born 1980), wife of the Reverend John Carl Weatherford, and three grandchildren. The Caldwells are active in the Wynne Baptist Church.[2]He is a member of the National Rifle Association.[3]

Caldwell and his brother founded and managed for thirty years the former Caldwell Lumber Company in Wynne. He is a real estate investor and a former member of the Cross County Economic Development Commission. He cites small business as one of his major concerns as a state senator.[2]

Political life

In the summer of 2012, Caldwell was supporting Thomas Lee "Tommy" Caubble (born 1947) of Wynne for the state Senate. When Caubble died at the start of the general election campaign, Caldwell stepped forward to replace him as the unopposed Republican nominee for the seat. The incumbent Democrat Senator Jerry Taylor did not seek reelection. Caldwell instead defeated another incumbent Democrat, Jerry Brown, who was moved to District 23. In the election held on November 6, 2012, Caldwell polled 13,798 votes to Brown's 12,214.[4]

Caldwell is a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council and these Senate committees: Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development, (2) City, County, and Local Affairs, (3) Energy, (4) Legislative Facilities, (5) Public Health, Welfare, and Labor, (6) Rules, Resolutions and Memorials (vice chair).[3]

A pro-life legislator, Caldwell voted to ban abortions after twenty weeks of gestation or whenever fetal heartbeat is determined.[5]Caldwell voted to allow university and college staff to carry concealed weapons on campus to enhance security. He voted to require picture identification for voting, which required the override of a veto by Democratic then Governor Mike Beebe. He voted to allow the sale in Arkansas of unpasteurized whole milk.[5]

Senator Caldwell in 2013 voted for a Republican bill to amend state income taxes. He voted to test recipients of unemployment compensation for use of narcotics and to reduce weekly benefits to the unemployed. Caldwell did not vote on legislation to make the office of prosecuting attorney in Arkansas nonpartisan]or on a failed proposal to require a racial-impact statement regarding crime bills.[5]

Caldwell endorsed former U.S. Representative Asa Hutchinson's successful bid for governor in 2014.[6]

References

  1. Ronald Caldwell. Mylife.com. Retrieved on January 23, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jason Tolbert (July 2012). Ronald Caldwell Announces Candidacy For State Senate District 23 Race. talkbusiness.net. Retrieved on January 25, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ron Caldwell's Biography. votesmart.org. Retrieved on January 25, 2021.
  4. Arkansas State Senate elections, 2012. ballotpedia.org. Retrieved on January 25, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Ron Caldwell's Voting Record. votesmart.org. Retrieved on January 25, 2021.
  6. Latest endorsements. asaforgovernor.com. Retrieved on December 7, 2013; material no longer on-line.