Rep. Sheilla Lampkin, D-Monticello, is seeking a third term in the state House of Representatives, according to a news release announcing her re-election bid.
Lampkin represents District 9 which includes approximately two-thirds of both Drew County and Ashley County, including Monticello, Hamburg, and most of Crossett.
A native of Desha County, Lampkin was a public school teacher for more than 30 years and more than half of that as a special education teacher. Since leaving the teaching profession, she has been involved and volunteered in a variety of civic and community activities, including Chamber of Commerce activities, Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Lions Club, EHC programs and several local and state historic preservation organizations and projects. She has received several preservation awards and two Arkansas History Association awards for historical feature articles. She also served as chairperson of the Arkansas History Commission for two years. In 2008, she was named the Drew County-Monticello Woman of the Year for her volunteer work, according to the news release.
Lampkin says she also attended a great many local, regional and state meetings relating to economic development ideas and opportunities and has forged relationships with many leaders and officials in these endeavors. She is deeply concerned about economic development in southeast Arkansas and this concern led her to run for the legislature in 2010 and defeat four opponents, allowing her to serve in the 88th General Assembly. Lampkin was victorious in 2012 and also served in the 89th General Assembly, according to the news release.
Lampkin has served on the House Advanced Communications and Informational Technology Committee, the Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee, the Public Health Labor and Environmental Subcommittee, the City, County and Local Affairs Committee, the Local Government Personnel Subcommittee, the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, the Legislative Auditing Counties and Municipalities Committee, the Task Force on Substance Abuse Treatment Services, the Education Committee, the Agri, Forestry and Economic Development Committee. She also serves as chair of the Early Education Committee, as an alternate on the Veterans Home ALC Subcommittee and as Liaison to the Senate. Lampkin also attends most other legislative committees to keep abreast of house committee developments and contemplations, according to the news release.
Rep. Lampkin also attends and represents the state on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
“Sustainable economic growth and development means projects that create jobs and add citizens to our population who buy our houses, support our schools, purchase our cars, boats and other goods, pay our taxes, use our banks – in short, support and revitalize our communities 24/7 365 days a year,” Lampkin said in her news release. “Visitors are wonderful and welcome, but we need opportunities for permanent growth.
Our greatest opportunities for growth will come in developing old and new business opportunities,” she said. “Southeast Arkansas is my home; I want to be a part of that growth process.
“I also believe in supporting all of our other local businesses, including UAM and its Crossett and McGehee campuses, as well as our public schools,” she said. “I believe in strong schools. I believe that ‘No Child Left Behind’, ‘active participation by all parents in their child’s education’, and the Easter bunny might be great ideas, but are not a reality in our world. Our schools still can, and do, accept and meet the burden of teaching to every child – if they are willing to learn.
“In Southeast Arkansas, we also need to create and support more opportunities for more of our children to be able to come/stay home and use those good educations we have provided them,” she said. “Too often our ‘brightest and best’ can’t come back home and make a good living because of a lack of new opportunities. This is a great concern to me.”
Lampkin says she is a “fulltime” representative who will work hard every day.
“I will listen to you and represent all of you,” she said. “I look forward to representing District 9 again in the 90th General Assembly. I will appreciate your support and vote in the 2014 Democratic primary.”
Lampkin has been married 46-plus years to former Drew County Judge Damon Lampkin. They are members of Second Baptist Church in Monticello where he serves as deacon and she is an Adult Class Sunday School teacher.