State Senate District 18: Missy Irvin

Senator Missy Thomas Irvin is serving her second term in the Arkansas Senate representing
Senate District 18, which is comprised of Cleburne, Searcy and Stone counties and portions of
Baxter, Faulkner, Fulton, Marion, Van Buren and White counties. She is chairman of Senate City,
County & Local Affairs, vice chairman of Joint Energy for the 89th General Assembly. Her other
committee memberships include Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee; Senate
Efficiency; Arkansas Legislative Council; Joint Budget Committee (JBC); the Task Force on
Substance Abuse Treatment Services; JBC – Peer Review; the Task Force on Substance Abuse
Prevention, the Arkansas Conference Hunger Relief Task Force and the Chief Justice’s Task
Force on Children and Youth. She also serves as Assistant Pro Tempore and vice chairman of
the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.
During the 88th General Assembly, she was the chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on
Children and Youth and served on Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor; Senate
Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs; and Senate Rules, Resolutions and
Memorials. She was first alternate for Arkansas Legislative Council and Legislative Joint
Auditing. Senator Irvin was a recipient of the 2011 Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association
Advocate of Justice Award. Senator Irvin’s political interest began as a presidential campaign
volunteer for Ronald Regan in Arkansas. She then volunteered for Sheffield Nelson’s first
campaign for governor, and in 1994 she worked in his second campaign as special events
coordinator and assistant finance director. In 2000, she worked as campaign manager for her
brother, Bob Thomas, in his bid for United States Congress (2nd District).
Regionally and nationally, Senator Irvin works with legislators from across the nation as a
member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the American Legislative
Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). With NCSL, she is a
member of the Energy, Transportation and Agriculture Standing Committee and with SLC, she is
a member of the Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs committee.
Senator Irvin has received recognition from many organizations and groups including:
 2011 Service Award for supporting persons with mental illness and substance abuse
disorders, Health Resources of Arkansas
 2011 and 2013 Advocate of Justice Award, Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association
 2012 Acting Out Against Hunger Award, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance
 2013 Outstanding Leadership Recognition, Arkansas Medical Society
 2013 Star Award for juvenile justice work, Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
 2013, Distinguished Legislator Award, Arkansas Municipal League
 2013 Friend of Freedom Award, Advance Arkansas Institute
 2013 Recognition, Arkansas Body Modification Association
Raised in Little Rock, Senator Irvin earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science, communications
and dance from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia. She also attended the University
of Reading and Oxford University in England during her college career. Her professional
background includes working as a news editor for KATV, Channel 7 News, as marketing director
for Tipton & Hurst, Inc., of Little Rock, as the advertising and marketing director for Stone County
Ironworks, and as an independent graphic designer and marketing consultant. For five years she
worked as an adjunct professor of dance for Hendrix College, serving as director of dance her
final year. Currently, Senator Irvin works with her husband in his medical clinic.
Civically, her extensive volunteer activities include coordinating the first three years of the
American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life for Stone County, coordinating After Dark in the Park
with the Ozark Folk Center, and supporting the Music Roots program. She serves on the health
advisory committee for the Mountain View School District and has served as a parent
representative for the school in the implementation of their EAST program. She served as
president of the Mountain View Youth Soccer Association, as a vice president for the Arkansas
State Soccer Association, and as a AAA registered volunteer soccer coach.
In 2008, Senator Irvin received a Presidential Award for her volunteer work in the community. In
2010, she was named Coach of the Year by the Arkansas State Soccer Association for
commitment to coaching girls recreational soccer. She is a member of Farm Bureau, the
Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and Chapter DK of P.E.O., a philanthropic educational
organization that supports women in education. She is a past president of Chapter DK, Mountain
Senator Irvin and her husband, Dr. John Dawson Irvin, have lived in Mountain View for over 14
years and are members of First United Methodist Church of Mountain View. Together they have
four children, Allyn, Hennelly, Josie and Ike.

State Senate District 18: Missy Irvin
Mountain View AR