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Senator John Payton

John Payton

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  • District: 22
  • Seniority: 32
  • District Address: P.O. Box 181, Wilburn, 72179
  • Phone: (501) 362-5815
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  • Party: Republican


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Senator John Payton was elected to the Senate in 2022 and was sworn in on January 9, 2023.  He represents District 22, which includes Independence and Sharp Counties and parts of Cleburne, Fulton, Lawrence and Izard Counties

Senator Payton is the Senate co-chair of the Joint Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee and vice co-chair of the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions Subcommittee.  He is a member of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, the Game and Fish / State Police Subcommittee, the Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee, the Medical Marijuana Oversight Subcommittee and the Review Subcommittee.

Senator Payton served in the House of Representatives from 2013 through 2022. He was the House Majority Party Whip for the 91st and 93rd General Assembly.

During the 94th General Assembly, Senator Payton sponsored legislation to amend the used tire program and to strengthen offenses for theft of catalytic converters.  He also sponsored legislation to protect a school district with less than 350 students from mandatory consolidation making it voluntary to consolidate or annex with another school district.

In 2021 he sponsored legislation to reduce sales and use taxes for certain used motor vehicles, trailers and semitrailers. He also sponsored legislation to amend laws concerning a residential contractor’s lien notice requirement and to allow the operation of golf carts on certain county roads

Senator Payton attended Missouri Auction School and became an auctioneer.  He owns two auto auctions and two used auto dealerships.  Senator Payton raises cattle on his family farm in Wilborn.

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