Jim Wooten Seeks State Representative Position

Oct 4th, 2017 | By | Category: News and Features

Longtime Beebe resident Jim Wooten recently announced he is a Republican candidate for State Representative in district 45.  The district includes the cities of Bald Knob, Beebe, Garner, Higginson, Judsonia, and McRae as well as parts of rural White County.  The seat is currently held by Speaker of the House Jeremy Gillam, who has said he will not seek re-election. Wooten is the founder and previous owner of Tiger Mart, Inc., a chain of convenience stores and truck centers located across the state.  Wooten opened the first location in Beebe in 1986 and owned the company until 2011.   “I want to use the experience I gained building a company to help our state become more efficient, better at budgeting, and less intrusive on our everyday lives,” said Wooten.  “We need to ignore the distractions and put our focus back on real issues, like providing a quality education for our children, increasing economic development opportunities, and lowering the cost of health insurance.” Wooten has worked with five Arkansas Governors in various positions and commissions.  This started with 7 years as an Arkansas State Trooper and included time as the Director of the Department of Commerce and as the state’s Chief Fiscal Officer heading up the Department of Finance and Administration.  At DFA, he was responsible for over 1,200 employees and all fiscal matters involving state government. Dedicated to the betterment of our state, Wooten is the 15-year President of the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation and longest serving board member of Economics Arkansas.  Locally, he is Chairman of the Beebe Public Education Foundation, the Police Employee Foundation, and the Industrial Development Commission.  He is also a past President of the Beebe Chamber of Commerce.   He has kept stats and served as a Scout Team Coach for the Beebe Badgers football program for the last 20 years. “I see running for State Representative as another way to serve my community,” continued Wooten. Wooten is dedicated to the importance of family and traditional values.  “I’m a conservative who wants to protect life, defend gun rights, stop government growth, and invest in infrastructure that leads to job creation.” Wooten and his wife Renee attend First Baptist Church, where he is a Sunday School teacher.  He has three adult children and seven grandchildren.  Renee has two children and is a volunteer within the Beebe School District and at Options Pregnancy Center.