Joyce Ann Elliott (born March 20, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Arkansas Senate, representing the 31st District, which consists of a portion of Pulaski County, since 2009. She is the former Majority Leader and was previously a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2000 through 2006. She has continued to be active in her party at the local, state, and national levels. Elliot acted as the chairman of the Whole Child Community Program and was the vice chairman of both the Arkansas Legislative Council of Policy Making and the Joint Public Retirement and Social Security programs. Elliott has also served on numerous committees in the Arkansas 90th General Assembly.
Elliott has been recognized for her excellence during her time in the offices of both the Arkansas House of Representatives and the Arkansas Senate. She was given the Arkansas Municipal League Distinguished Legislator Award at its 83rd convention as well as the recipient of another award in 2003 by the Arkansas Labor Council for her contribution to community service. She was granted the Pacesetter Award and was named by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as one of the “Ten Best Legislators” that same year.
Throughout her years as an Arkansas legislator, Elliott has been the chairwoman for many different committees. Some of which include: the While Child Community Program Committee, Vision 2025 Legislative Commission on the Future of Higher Education Committee, the Education-House & Senate Act 64 AD HOC Subcommittee and the AR Comprehensive School Improvement Plans Committee. She has also been a sponsor and/or co-sponsor of over 20 bills, most of which education-oriented, that have reached debate on the floor.
2010 U.S. Congressional election
2020 U.S. Congressional election
Elliott announced her candidacy for the U.S. House in Arkansas’ 2nd congressional district on November 12th, 2019 against Republican incumbent French Hill.
- “Member Profile”. www.arkleg.state.ar.us. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
Media related to Joyce Elliott at Wikimedia Commons
- Senator Joyce Elliott (D) official Arkansas Senate website
- Joyce Elliott for Congress official campaign site
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at OpenSecrets.org
- Member Profile at official Arkansas Legislature website