Scott Flippo

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Scott Patterson Flippo

Arkansas State Senator
for District 17 (Baxter, Marion,
and Boone counties)
Assumed office 
January 2015
Preceded by Johnny Key

Born November 1, 1979
Mountain Home, Baxter County
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Parents:

William Patterson and Katherine W. Flippo

Residence Mountain Home, Arkansas
Alma mater Mountain Home High School

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Occupation Owner of an assisted living facility in Bull Shoals, Arkansas
Religion Christian[1]

Scott Patterson Flippo (born November 1, 1979)[2] is a Republican state senator for District 17 in the northwestern Arkansas counties of Baxter, Boone, and Marion.


The son of William Patterson "Pat" Flippo and Katherine W. Flippo of Mountain Home in Baxter County, Flippo is a 1998 graduate of Mountain Home High School and a 2003 alumnus in Business Administration]] of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.[3] He is a native and resident of Mountain Home and the owner of Flippo's Carefree Living, an assisted living facility in Bull Shoals in Marion County.[4]

Political life

In the runoff election held on June 10, 2014, Flippo defeated the District 98 state Representative John Burris, a Moderate Republican from Harrison in Boone County, 3,913 votes (51.3 percent) to 3,712 (48.7 percent).[5] With no Democrat opponent in the heavily Republican district in the November 4 general election, Flippo became the Senator-elect to succeed fellow Republican Johnny Key, also of Mountain Home,[5] who applied for a position as vice chancellor of governmental affairs with the University of Arkansas.[4]

Burris had led the primary balloting on May 20 with 43 percent of the vote, barely ahead of Flippo, who polled 42 percent. A third candidate, David Osmon, the mayor of Mountain Home, held the remaining but critical 16 percent of the votes cast.[6]

Burris was the leading spokesman for the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion proposal, which he had considered essential to keeping open rural hospitals in Arkansas. Under the plan, federal Medicaid funds are earmarked to purchase health insurance for the approximately 170,000 indigent persons in Arkansas. Osmon also supported the private option plan.[7][8] Flippo carried the backing of several Republican lawmakers who oppose the "private option" championed by Burris. One of those lawmakers was the outgoing District 21 Representative Terry Rice of Waldron, who unseated District 9 Senator Bruce Holland in the Republican runoff primary.[7]

Another surrogate for the Flippo campaign was Curtis Coleman, an opponent of the private option plan who lost the Republican gubernatorial nomination to Asa Hutchinson in 2014. Coleman carried only Flippo's Baxter County in his race against Hutchinson.[9]

Flippo, who calls himself a conservative, said of his opponent Burris: "He is the architect and leader of bringing Obamacare to Arkansas through the private option. He voted to implement Common Core State Standards in Arkansas. He ... proposed doubling legislative salaries. He has consistently ranked in the top 10 in receiving reimbursements since taking office. These are all facts, and these are the distinctions in our campaigns.”[10]


  1. Flippo for Arkansas Senate. Facebook. Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  2. Scott Flippo (Patterson). Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  3. Scott Flippo's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Two announce for Senate seat held by Key. KTLO (AM) (February 28, 2014). Retrieved on June 21, 2014; information no longer on-line.
  5. 5.0 5.1 AR State Senate 17 - R Runoff. Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  6. Arkansas Primary Election Results, May 20, 2014. KATV. Retrieved on May 21, 2014; returns no longer accessible on-line.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Flippo beats Burris in Arkansas state Senate race. KATV (June 10, 2014). Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  8. David Ramsey (May 15, 2014). Three GOP Senate battles could determine the future of the Arkansas health care private option: Opponents of incumbent Sens. Bill Sample and Bruce Holland, Rep. John Burris focus on private option vote. The Arkansas Times. Retrieved on December 26, 2020.
  9. Andrew DeMillo (June 8, 2014). State Senate race focuses on Medicaid expansion. The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved on June 21, 2014; information no longer on-line.
  10. Flippo press release. (May 12, 2014). Retrieved on June 21, 2014; information no longer on-line.