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DC Contact Information

Phone: 202-225-4301

Address: 1119 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (479) 464-0446

Address: 3333 Pinnacle Hills, Rogers AR 72758-8979

Fort Smith AR

Phone: (479) 424-1146

Fax: (479) 424-2737

Address: 423 North Sixth Street, Fort Smith AR 72902-2003

Harrison AR

Phone: (870) 741-6900

Fax: (870) 741-7741

Address: 303 North Main Street, Harrison AR 72601-3508

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Steve Womack Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Arkansas 3
  • Born: Feb. 18, 1957, Russellville
  • Home: Rogers
  • Education: AR Tech U., B.A. 1979.
  • Professional Career: Reporter, mgr., KURM Radio, 1979-90; exec. officer, Army ROTC, U. of AR, 1990-96; financial consultant, Merrill Lynch, 1997.
  • Military Career: AR Army Natl. Guard, 1979-2009.
  • Political Career: Rogers Mayor, 1998-2010.
  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion: Southern Baptist
  • Family: Married (Terri); 3 children

Republican Steve Womack won the 2010 contest to fill the seat left vacant by GOP Rep. John Boozman, who ran successfully for the Senate. He has since drawn attention for proposing several high-profile bills that have angered Democrats, including one that would have eliminated funding for President Barack Obama’s teleprompter. Read More

Republican Steve Womack won the 2010 contest to fill the seat left vacant by GOP Rep. John Boozman, who ran successfully for the Senate. He has since drawn attention for proposing several high-profile bills that have angered Democrats, including one that would have eliminated funding for President Barack Obama’s teleprompter.

Womack was born in Russellville, Ark., and spent a good portion of his childhood in Moberly, Mo., before returning with his family to Russellville in his junior year of high school. His father, a local radio broadcaster, introduced him to popular political figures in the region, including former Sens. Tom Eagleton and Stuart Symington and Gov. Warren Hearnes, all Missouri Democrats. “If I ‘Dr. Phil’ myself about what got me involved in public service, it’s that I always admired political leaders,” Womack said, recalling those visits with his father. After high school, Womack stayed in Russellville to earn his bachelor’s degree at Arkansas Tech University. He and his father subsequently established KURM Radio, which focused on community news, the weather, the county fair, and high school football and Little League baseball games. Womack covered local politics for the station. “I always would second-guess things, and say, ‘Could I do that better?’” he recalled.

In 1990, Womack, by then a member of the Army National Guard, did a stint as executive officer of the Army ROTC program at the University of Arkansas. Later, in 2002, he led a peacekeeping task force of 500 troops in the Sinai Desert in Egypt—a mission established by the peace accords negotiated between Israel and Egypt in 1979. In the late 1990s, he worked briefly as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch but quit the job when he got the chance to test whether he could “do better” than the local politicians he had covered as a reporter. In 1998, Womack was elected mayor of Rogers, a city in the high-growth Fayetteville metropolitan area. He was reelected twice. As Rogers and Benton County were experiencing significant population growth, Womack accurately anticipated a spike in demand for retail outlets in the area and worked to turn the city into a shopping destination. The city issued bonds to develop infrastructure to attract retail business.

He also had a reputation for tough enforcement of immigration laws. Local Hispanic leaders were incensed when Womack maintained that a majority of crimes in the city were committed by illegal immigrants, which they said was untrue. In 2007, Womack directed city officials to cooperate with raids by federal immigration agents on a Northwest Arkansas Mexican restaurant chain. Four years earlier, Hispanic motorists filed a lawsuit against Rogers and its police department, charging racial profiling. A settlement was reached without an award of damages or an admission of guilt, though Womack formed a committee to build better relations with the immigrant community.

When Boozman gave up his House seat after four terms to challenge Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Womack stepped into a crowded field of Republicans interested in the seat. His opponents included former state Sen. Gunner DeLay, a distant cousin of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas; Steve Lowry, an ex-Drug Enforcement Administration agent; and Cecile Bledsoe, a state senator endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.

Womack and Bledsoe finished first and second, respectively, setting up a June runoff. The two candidates, who live less than a mile from each other, took to the airwaves in an unneighborly way. Bledsoe tried to portray herself as the true conservative in the race, promising to repeal President Obama’s health care overhaul. Womack touted his record of job creation and attacked Bledsoe for her votes on tax issues, saying that she supported a $100 million tax increase and also a tax on milk when she was in the state legislature. Womack eked out a victory, 52% to 48%.

Once he had prevailed in the primary, the hard work was behind him. Voters in the northwest corner of Arkansas had not elected a Democrat to the House since 1967. Womack easily prevailed in the general election over Democrat David Whitaker, a former assistant city attorney in Fayetteville, 72% to 28%.

In the House, Womack established himself as a firmly conservative vote. He made a pitch for a coveted slot on the Appropriations Committee, telling Republican Chairman Harold Rogers of Kentucky that being a mayor had taught him how to say “no”. He got the seat, then immediately went to work saying “yes” to local interests. He added a provision to a spending bill blocking a rule that would have altered the way that cattle, hog and chicken producers are compensated by meat processors, including Arkansas’ Tyson Foods. With Jackie Speier, D-Calif., he introduced another bill enabling Amazon and other online retailers to collect state sales taxes, something that benefitted regular retailers, such as Arkansas’ Wal-Mart, which already collect state sales taxes online.

Womack stirred up attention when he proposed, but later withdrew, an amendment to an omnibus spending bill in February 2011 to cancel funding for Obama’s teleprompter. He introduced another controversial bill to withhold lawmakers’ pay if a budget deal was not reached. Democrats, and even some Republicans, denounced the idea as unconstitutional, but the House approved it in April 2011 on a 221-202 vote.

He was never considered vulnerable in 2012, but Democrats suffered some embarrassment when Iraq veteran Ken Aden dropped his challenge after it was revealed he had embellished his military resume. Womack faced only Green Party and Libertarian challengers and coasted to reelection with 76% of the vote.

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Steve Womack Election Results
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2012 General
Steve Womack (R)
Votes: 186,467
Percent: 75.9%
Rebekah Kennedy
Votes: 39,318
Percent: 16.01%
David Pangrac (Lib)
Votes: 19,875
Percent: 8.09%
2012 Primary
Steve Womack (R)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (72%)
Steve Womack Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 39 (L) : 60 (C) 43 (L) : 55 (C) 10 (L) : 83 (C)
Social - (L) : 87 (C) 36 (L) : 62 (C) 17 (L) : 74 (C)
Foreign 34 (L) : 60 (C) 20 (L) : 73 (C) 27 (L) : 70 (C)
Composite 27.7 (L) : 72.3 (C) 34.8 (L) : 65.2 (C) 21.2 (L) : 78.8 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC90100
LCV96
CFG5256
ITIC-92
NTU6964
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ADA00
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Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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