Senator Blake Johnson
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- District: 21
- Seniority: 12
- District Address: P.O. Box 8, Corning, 72422
- Phone: 870-323-1766
- Email: Blake.Johnson@senate.ar.gov
- Party: Republican
- Occupation: Farmer
- Legislative Service: Senate 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021
Senator Blake Johnson of Corning represents District 21, which includes all of Clay, Greene and Randolph Counties and the north east part of Lawrence County. He was elected to the Arkansas Senate in 2014 and took the oath of office on the first day of the 2015 legislative session.
Senator Johnson is chair of the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee and co-chair the Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, the Joint Energy Committee, the Senate Rules, Resolutions and the Memorials Committee, the Senate Ethics Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Claims Review and Litigation Reports Oversight Subcommittee, the Employee Benefits Division Oversight Subcommittee and the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) Subcommittee.
During the 2021 regular session Senator Johnson sponsored legislation to mandate inspections of abortion facilities, to create an Independent Tax Appeals Commission and to limit drag racing on a public highway. He was the Senate sponsor of legislation to cut in half the annual registration fee on hybrid vehicles.
In past sessions, Senator Johnson sponsored legislation which requires welfare recipients to undergo testing for illegal drugs in order to qualify for benefits. He sponsored a change in how the wealth index is calculated for school facilities funding. He was the Senate sponsor of legislation creating the Arkansas Future Grant Program.
Senator Johnson has sponsored “revolving door” legislation that requires legislators to wait at least two years after their retirement from the General Assembly before registering as a lobbyist. The law prohibits former legislators from working at an educational cooperative or local area agency on aging until two years after they leave the legislature. He has co-sponsored major tax relief legislation, pro-life laws and legislation that reduces the fees for concealed carry permits.
Senator Johnson has sponsored bills to create options for issuing a standard teaching license for nontraditional licensure programs, to limit the number of professional development days required for teachers and to strengthen background checks for public school teachers and employees.
Senator Johnson is a farmer. Before his election to the Senate, he had served as an alderman in Corning. He was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and graduated from Arkansas State University. He and his wife, Tricia, have a son and a daughter. Senator Johnson and his wife are members of the First Baptist Church of Corning.
- Chair: STATE AGENCIES & GOVT'L AFFAIRS-SENATE
- Co-Chair: ALC-HIGHWAY COMMISSION REVIEW AND ADVISORY SUBCOMMITTEE
- ALC-CLAIMS REVIEW/LITIGATION REPORTS OVERSIGHT
- ALC-EMPLOYEE BENEFITS DIVISION OVERSIGHT SUBCOMMITTEE
- JOINT BUDGET COMMITTEE - PRE-FISCAL SESSION BUDGET HEARINGS
- REVENUE & TAX - SENATE
- JBC-PEER REVIEW
- ARKANSAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (ALC)
- ENERGY - JOINT
- SENATE RULES, RESOLUTIONS & MEMORIALS
- SENATE ETHICS COMMITTEE
- JOINT BUDGET COMMITTEE
Senator Blake Johnson
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