Rick Crawford (politician)
Eric Alan "Rick" Crawford is an American politician, the U. S. Representative for Arkansas's 1st congressional district since 2011, he is a member of the Republican Party. Before he was elected to Congress, Crawford was a radio announcer, businessman and a soldier in the United States Army. Crawford was born at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida, the son of Ruth Anne and Donny J. "Don" Crawford. Crawford grew up in a military family, he graduated from Alvirne High School in New Hampshire. Crawford enlisted in the United States Army and served as an explosive ordnance disposal technician assigned to the 56th Ordnance Detachment at Fort Indiantown Gap in Pennsylvania, he left the U. S. Army after four years service at the rank of Sergeant. After his service, Crawford attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and graduated in 1996 with a B. S. in Agriculture Business and Economics. He has been a news anchor and agri-reporter on KAIT-TV in Jonesboro and farm director on KFIN-FM, he owned and operated the AgWatch Network, a farm news network heard on 39 radio stations in Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky.
2010 Crawford chose to run for Arkansas' 1st congressional district after Democratic U. S. Representative Marion Berry decided to retire. Crawford received the endorsements of Governor Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, current Governor Asa Hutchinson, former U. S. Representative Ed Bethune of Arkansas' 2nd congressional district, he won the Republican primary. He won the general election. 2012 Crawford won re-election to a second term by defeating Democratic prosecutor, Scott Ellington, 56 to 39 percent. 2014 Crawford won re-election to a third term, defeating Heber Springs Mayor Jackie McPherson 63 to 33 percent. 2016Crawford won re-election to a fourth term, defeating Libertarian candidate Mark West 76 to 24 percent. On January 5, 2011, Crawford was sworn into office as a member of the 112th Congress, he is the first Republican to represent his district in Washington since Reconstruction. The last Republican to represent the district was Asa Hodges who vacated the seat on March 3, 1875, during Reconstruction.
Crawford is a member of the Republican Study Committee. Crawford voted to repeal U. S. President Barack H. Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and to return federal non-security spending to fiscal year 2008 levels, he voted to terminate taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions. In 2010, Crawford signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes. Crawford supported President Donald Trump's 2017 executive order to impose a ban on travel to the U. S. by citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries, saying that the order was "designed to keep our nation safer" although "Green card holders and aides of the U. S. military should be allowed entry."Crawford voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, supporting tax reform. He believes that the bill will make it easier for people to file their taxes and that "the vast majority of middle-income families in my district will get to keep more of their money to use as they wish."
He believes that local businesses will hire more and provide pay raises to current employers in the wake of the bill's implementation. On January 18, 2013, Crawford introduced the Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act into the House; the bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to modify the Spill Prevention and Countermeasure rule, which regulates oil discharges into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. The rule requires certain farmers to develop an oil spill prevention plan, certified by a professional engineer and may require them to make infrastructure changes. According to supporters, this bill would "ease the burden placed on farmers and ranchers" by making it easier for smaller farms to self-certify and raising the level of storage capacity under which farms are exempted. Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations and Credit Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee on Highways and Transit Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Republican Study Committee Crawford opposed the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges ruling legalizing same-sex marriage and believes that it should have been decided state-by-state, not by the Supreme Court.
Crawford and his wife, live in Jonesboro with their children. He attends a Southern Baptist congregation in Jonesboro. Congressman Rick Crawford official U. S. House site Rick Crawford for Congress Rick Crawford at Curlie Appearances on C-SPAN Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Profile at Vote Smart Financial information at the Federal Election Commission Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
Mississippi County, Arkansas
Mississippi County is a county located in the U. S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 46,480. There are two county seats and Osceola; the county was formed on November 1, 1833, named for the Mississippi River which borders the county to the east. Mississippi County is part of the First Congressional District in Arkansas; the Mississippi County Judge is John Alan Nelson. The Blytheville, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Mississippi County. Jefferson W. Speck, a Mississippi County planter, was the Republican gubernatorial nominee in 1950 and 1952. According to the U. S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 920 square miles, of which 901 square miles is land and 19 square miles is water. Big Lake National Wildlife Refuge As of the 2010 census, there were 46,480 people residing in the county; the racial makeup of the county was 60.5% White, 33.9% Black, 0.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, <0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races.
3.6% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the 2000 census, there were 51,979 people, 19,349 households, 13,911 families residing in the county; the population density was 58 people per square mile. There were 22,310 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile; the racial makeup of the county was 64.45% White, 32.70% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.07% from other races, 1.12% from two or more races. 2.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 19,349 households out of which 36.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 17.40% had a female householder with no husband present, 28.10% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.15. In the county, the population was spread out with 29.60% under the age of 18, 9.90% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 20.80% from 45 to 64, 12.20% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.70 males. The median income for a household in the county was $27,479, the median income for a family was $32,648. Males had a median income of $29,645 versus $19,782 for females; the per capita income for the county was $13,978. About 19.00% of families and 23.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.10% of those under age 18 and 19.80% of those age 65 or over. While a traditionally Democratic area, Mississippi County has voted Republican in the past three presidential elections. Mississippi County is home to the following public school districts, listed in order of student population: Blytheville School District Osceola School District Gosnell School District Southern Mississippi County School District Manila School District Buffalo Island Central School District Armorel School DistrictThe following school districts are based outside of the county but serve portions: East Poinsett County School District KIPP: Delta Public Schools Nettleton School District Mississippi County is served by the Mississippi–Crittenden Regional Library System, which includes the Mississippi County Library System and 13 branch libraries in communities throughout the county.
FM FM 88.3 KBCM Blytheville FM 93.9 KAMJ Gosnell FM 96.3 KHLS Blytheville FM 103.7 KAIA K279BJ Blytheville FM 107.3 KQXF OsceolaAM AM 860 KOSE Wilson NEA Town Courier, Blytheville, Arkansas The Osceola Times, Osceola, Arkansas There are no television stations in Mississippi County, Arkansas. Mississippi County, Arkansas is placed in TN Television Market; those stations include: ABC- WATN 24 NBC- WMC 5 CBS- WREG 3 Fox- WHBQ 13 PBS- WKNO 10 CW- WLMT 30 Ion WPXX 50However some residents in county may watch stations from the Jackson, TN, Jonesboro, AR, or Little Rock, AR Television Markets. Blytheville Gosnell Joiner Keiser Leachville Manila Osceola Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county; each township includes unincorporated areas. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships. Townships are of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research; each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications.
The townships of Mississippi County are listed below. Island 35 Mastodon List of lakes in Mississippi County, Arkansas National Register of Historic Places listings in Mississippi County, Arkansas "Mississippi. I. A N. E. county of Arkansas". The American Cyclopædia. 1879
Blytheville Air Force Base
Blytheville Air Force Base was a United States Air Force base from 1942 until it closed in 1992. It was renamed in 1988 to be Eaker Air Force Base, it was located 3 miles northwest of Arkansas. The facility is now operated as the Arkansas International Airport, it was known as Blytheville Army Airfield during 1942–1948, as Blytheville Air Force Base during 1948–1988, as Eaker Air Force Base during 1988–1992. The Blytheville Air Force Base Strategic Air Command Alert and Weapons Storage Areas Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2018, it is a 247 acres historic district which included 23 contributing buildings, 33 contributing structures, two contributing sites, a contributing object, as well as two non-contributing buildings. Army Air Force Flying Training Command, June 10, 1942 – June 16, 1945 Continental Air Forces, June 16, 1945 – March 21, 1946Redesignated Strategic Air Command, March 21, 1946 – April 1, 1946Tactical Air Command, April 1, 1946 – August 15, 1946, June 10, 1953 – October 1, 1953 Air Materiel Command, October 1, 1953 – July 1, 1954 Tactical Air Command, July 1, 1954 – April 1, 1958 Strategic Air Command, April 1, 1958 – June 1, 1992 Air Combat Command, June 1, 1992 – December 15, 1992 25th Twin Engine Flying Training Group, July 25, 1942 – February 29, 1944 Army Air Force Pilot School, May 3, 1942 – May 31, 1945 211th Army Air Force Base Unit, May 1, 1944 – June 15, 1945 809th Army Air Force Base Unit, June 16, 1945 – March 31, 1946 334th Army Air Force Base Unit, April 1, 1946 – November 25, 1946 461st Bombardment Wing, April 8, 1956 – April 1, 1958 4329th Air Base Squadron, April 1, 1958 – July 1, 1959 97th Bombardment Wing, July 1, 1959 – September 1, 1991Redesignated: 97th Wing, September 1, 1991 – April 1, 1992 North American AT-6, 1942–1944 Curtiss AT-9, 1942–1944 Beech AT-10, 1942–1944 Republic AT-12, 1942–1944 North American TB-25, 1944 Curtiss C-46, 1945 Douglas C-47, 1945 Martin B-57 Canberra, 1956–1958 Boeing B-52G Stratofortress, 1960–1992 Boeing KC-135A Stratotanker, 1961–1992 Arkansas World War II Army Airfields 30th Flying Training Wing Eaker Site, a major archaeological site within the base's grounds Arkansas Aeroplex Abandoned & Little Known Airfields Biography of Ira C.
Eaker Arkansas Northeastern College
2010 United States Census
The 2010 United States Census is the twenty-third and most recent United States national census. National Census Day, the reference day used for the census, was April 1, 2010; the census was taken via mail-in citizen self-reporting, with enumerators serving to spot-check randomly selected neighborhoods and communities. As part of a drive to increase the count's accuracy, 635,000 temporary enumerators were hired; the population of the United States was counted as 308,745,538, a 9.7% increase from the 2000 Census. This was the first census in which all states recorded a population of over half a million, as well as the first in which all 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 200,000; as required by the United States Constitution, the U. S. census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790. The 2000 U. S. Census was the previous census completed. Participation in the U. S. Census is required by law in Title 13 of the United States Code. On January 25, 2010, Census Bureau Director Robert Groves inaugurated the 2010 Census enumeration by counting World War II veteran Clifton Jackson, a resident of Noorvik, Alaska.
More than 120 million census forms were delivered by the U. S. Post Office beginning March 15, 2010; the number of forms mailed out or hand-delivered by the Census Bureau was 134 million on April 1, 2010. Although the questionnaire used April 1, 2010 as the reference date as to where a person was living, an insert dated March 15, 2010 included the following printed in bold type: "Please complete and mail back the enclosed census form today." The 2010 Census national mail participation rate was 74%. From April through July 2010, census takers visited households that did not return a form, an operation called "non-response follow-up". In December 2010, the U. S. Census Bureau delivered population information to the U. S. President for apportionment, in March 2011, complete redistricting data was delivered to states. Identifiable information will be available in 2082; the Census Bureau did not use a long form for the 2010 Census. In several previous censuses, one in six households received this long form, which asked for detailed social and economic information.
The 2010 Census used only a short form asking ten basic questions: How many people were living or staying in this house, apartment, or mobile home on April 1, 2010? Were there any additional people staying here on April 1, 2010 that you did not include in Question 1? Mark all that apply: Is this house, apartment, or mobile home – What is your telephone number? What is Person 1's name? What is Person 1's sex? What is Person 1's age and Person 1's date of birth? Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? What is Person 1's race? Does Person 1 sometimes live or stay somewhere else? The form included space to repeat all of these questions for up to twelve residents total. In contrast to the 2000 census, an Internet response option was not offered, nor was the form available for download. Detailed socioeconomic information collected during past censuses will continue to be collected through the American Community Survey; the survey provides data about communities in the United States on a 1-year or 3-year cycle, depending on the size of the community, rather than once every 10 years.
A small percentage of the population on a rotating basis will receive the survey each year, no household will receive it more than once every five years. In June 2009, the U. S. Census Bureau announced. However, the final form did not contain a separate "same-sex married couple" option; when noting the relationship between household members, same-sex couples who are married could mark their spouses as being "Husband or wife", the same response given by opposite-sex married couples. An "unmarried partner" option was available for couples; the 2010 census cost $13 billion $42 per capita. Operational costs were $5.4 billion under the $7 billion budget. In December 2010 the Government Accountability Office noted that the cost of conducting the census has doubled each decade since 1970. In a detailed 2004 report to Congress, the GAO called on the Census Bureau to address cost and design issues, at that time, had estimated the 2010 Census cost to be $11 billion. In August 2010, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced that the census operational costs came in under budget.
Locke credited the management practices of Census Bureau director Robert Groves, citing in particular the decision to buy additional advertising in locations where responses lagged, which improved the overall response rate. The agency has begun to rely more on questioning neighbors or other reliable third parties when a person could not be reached at home, which reduced the cost of follow-up visits. Census data for about 22% of U. S. househol
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U. S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy; the Census Bureau is part of the U. S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States; the Census Bureau's primary mission is conducting the U. S. Census every ten years, which allocates the seats of the U. S. House of Representatives to the states based on their population; the Bureau's various censuses and surveys help allocate over $400 billion in federal funds every year and it helps states, local communities, businesses make informed decisions. The information provided by the census informs decisions on where to build and maintain schools, transportation infrastructure, police and fire departments. In addition to the decennial census, the Census Bureau continually conducts dozens of other censuses and surveys, including the American Community Survey, the U. S. Economic Census, the Current Population Survey.
Furthermore and foreign trade indicators released by the federal government contain data produced by the Census Bureau. Article One of the United States Constitution directs the population be enumerated at least once every ten years and the resulting counts used to set the number of members from each state in the House of Representatives and, by extension, in the Electoral College; the Census Bureau now conducts a full population count every 10 years in years ending with a zero and uses the term "decennial" to describe the operation. Between censuses, the Census Bureau makes population projections. In addition, Census data directly affects how more than $400 billion per year in federal and state funding is allocated to communities for neighborhood improvements, public health, education and more; the Census Bureau is mandated with fulfilling these obligations: the collecting of statistics about the nation, its people, economy. The Census Bureau's legal authority is codified in Title 13 of the United States Code.
The Census Bureau conducts surveys on behalf of various federal government and local government agencies on topics such as employment, health, consumer expenditures, housing. Within the bureau, these are known as "demographic surveys" and are conducted perpetually between and during decennial population counts; the Census Bureau conducts economic surveys of manufacturing, retail and other establishments and of domestic governments. Between 1790 and 1840, the census was taken by marshals of the judicial districts; the Census Act of 1840 established a central office. Several acts followed that revised and authorized new censuses at the 10-year intervals. In 1902, the temporary Census Office was moved under the Department of Interior, in 1903 it was renamed the Census Bureau under the new Department of Commerce and Labor; the department was intended to consolidate overlapping statistical agencies, but Census Bureau officials were hindered by their subordinate role in the department. An act in 1920 changed the date and authorized manufacturing censuses every two years and agriculture censuses every 10 years.
In 1929, a bill was passed mandating the House of Representatives be reapportioned based on the results of the 1930 Census. In 1954, various acts were codified into Title 13 of the US Code. By law, the Census Bureau must count everyone and submit state population totals to the U. S. President by December 31 of any year ending in a zero. States within the Union receive the results in the spring of the following year; the United States Census Bureau defines four statistical regions, with nine divisions. The Census Bureau regions are "widely used...for data collection and analysis". The Census Bureau definition is pervasive. Regional divisions used by the United States Census Bureau: Region 1: Northeast Division 1: New England Division 2: Mid-Atlantic Region 2: Midwest Division 3: East North Central Division 4: West North Central Region 3: South Division 5: South Atlantic Division 6: East South Central Division 7: West South Central Region 4: West Division 8: Mountain Division 9: Pacific Many federal, state and tribal governments use census data to: Decide the location of new housing and public facilities, Examine the demographic characteristics of communities and the US, Plan transportation systems and roadways, Determine quotas and creation of police and fire precincts, Create localized areas for elections, utilities, etc.
Gathers population information every 10 years The United States Census Bureau is committed to confidentiality, guarantees non-disclosure of any addresses or personal information related to individuals or establishments. Title 13 of the U. S. Code establishes penalties for the disclosure of this information. All Census employees must sign an affidavit of non-disclosure prior to employment; the Bureau cannot share responses, addresses or personal information with anyone including United States or foreign government
Politics and government of Arkansas
The government of Arkansas is divided into three branches: executive and judicial. These consist of the state governor's office, a bicameral state legislature known as the Arkansas General Assembly, a state court system; the Arkansas Constitution delineates the function of the state government. In the early 21st century, Arkansas has four seats in the U. S. House of Representatives and two seats in the U. S. Senate. Reflecting the state's large evangelical population, the state has a strong conservative bent; the 1874 Arkansas Constitution established this as a right to work state, in the 21st century its voters passed a ban on same-sex marriage with 75% voting yes, the state is one of a handful with legislation on its books banning abortion in the event Roe v. Wade is overturned. Since the late 19th century, Democrats have traditionally had an overwhelming majority of registered voters in the state. At that time, they consolidated their power and achieved effective disfranchisement of African Americans voters by passage of the Election Law of 1891 and a poll tax amendment in 1892, which dropped many poor white Democrats from the rolls.
Together these suppressed the coalition of Republican and farmer-labor parties, which had threatened the Democrats. Assessing fees to register and vote resulted in many poor people being dropped from voter rolls; the Election Law set up secret ballots and standardized ballots in progressive reforms that made voting more complicated and closed out illiterate voters. It set up a state election board and officials, putting power into the hands of the Democratic Party, rather than county workers. Voter rolls declined for both white voters. By 1895, there were no longer any African-American representatives in the state house. African Americans were closed out of the political system for decades. In the 20th and 21st centuries, Arkansas Democrats have tended to be more conservative than their national counterparts in areas outside metropolitan Little Rock. Traditionally having strength in most areas outside the Northwest and North Central parts of the state, in the 21st century Democrats in Arkansas predominate along the Mississippi River in the East, in central Little Rock, around Pine Bluff and the areas south of there along the Louisiana border.
Republicans in the state were based in the northwestern areas, long a supporter of the Unionist cause in the Civil War. These were areas of yeomen farmers in the antebellum years. Planters and major slaveholders lived in the Delta area along the Mississippi River and tended to ally with the Democratic Party; as noted above, disenfranchisement of African Americans and consolidation of power by the Democrats left the Republicans nearly powerless. They concentrated on developing patronage positions. In 1966, Republican John Paul Hammerschmidt won a U. S. House seat from this northwestern area, the first Republican from Arkansas to be elected to Congress since after Reconstruction, he held the seat until 1992. What was more surprising, that year multi-millionaire Winthrop Rockefeller was elected to the governorship. A 1950s migrant from New York, he was joined by Republican Maurice "Footsie" Britt, a World War II hero elected as lieutenant governor. Unlike in other parts of the South at the time, Rockefeller's coalition was based on "progressive Democrats and newly enfranchised black voters."
They elected him in 1968. Rockefeller faced resistance from the conservative Democratic legislature. In 1970 the Democrats defeated Rockefeller. Rockefeller died in 1973, it was 1978. It was not until the late 20th century that more white conservatives in Arkansas began to shift from the Democratic to the Republican Party. In 1989 Democratic Congressman Tommy Robinson announced his shift to the Republican Party, an indication of change; the party continues to be strongest in the northwestern part of the state, due to historic conditions of that area in Fort Smith and Bentonville, as well as North Central Arkansas around the Mountain Home area. In the latter area, Republicans have been known to get more of the vote. While the rest of the state used to be more Democratic, since the late 20th century Republicans have attracted members from the Little Rock suburbs, the southwest, the northeast around Jonesboro. Tim Hutchinson in 1996 was the first Republican elected to the United States from Arkansas since Reconstruction.
As an indication of increasing Republican strength in the state, he has been followed by the elections to the US Senate of Republicans John Boozman in 2010 and Tom Cotton in 2014, giving the state all-Republican representation in the Senate. Arkansas had the distinction in 1992 of being the only state in the country to give the majority of its vote to a single presidential candidate: native son Bill Clinton; every other state's electoral votes were won by pluralities of the vote among the three candidates. Since the turn of the 21st century, Arkansas voters have tended to support Republicans in presidential elections; the state voted for John McCain in 2008 by a margin of 20 percentage points, making it one of the few states in the country to vote more Republican that year than it had in 2004. While supporting Republican candidates for president, Arkansas voters continued to favor Democrats for statewide offices. In 2006, Democrats were elected to all statewide offices in a Democ
Mark Lunsford Pryor is an American attorney and politician who served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 2003 to 2015. While he ran for office as a Democrat and affiliates with the Democratic party, he registered to vote with no party affiliation. Prior to becoming senator, he was Attorney General of Arkansas from 1999 to 2003. Born in Fayetteville, Pryor is the son of former Arkansas Governor and U. S. Senator David Pryor, he received his bachelor's law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He worked in private practice for several years until being elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1990, he was elected the state Attorney General in 1998. Pryor announced his candidacy for the U. S. Senate in 2001, running for the same Senate seat his father had held from 1979 to 1997, he was elected with 54 % of the vote. He was reelected with no Republican opposition in 2008. During the 112th Congress he served as the chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance.
Pryor was defeated by Republican Tom Cotton. Pryor was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to the former state First Lady Barbara Jean and former Governor and U. S. Senator David Hampton Pryor, he attended Little Rock Central High School and Walt Whitman High School in Maryland, graduating in 1981. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the university's law school in 1988. During college, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Prior to entering politics, Pryor worked as a private practice attorney, he was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995. In 1994, he ran for Arkansas Attorney General, challenging incumbent Winston Bryant in the Democratic primary. Pryor lost 58%-42%. In 1998, he became the Democratic Party nominee, he defeated Republican nominee Betty Dicky, the Redfield City Attorney, 59%-41%. He won all but four counties in the state: Benton, Boone and Baxter.
He was delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000. Pryor was recognized for providing a high level of constituent service, he helped to secure millions of dollars in highway funds for the state. Pryor was a committed advocate of the state’s military families. 2002 In late 2001, Pryor announced his candidacy for the Senate seat held by Tim Hutchinson, who six years earlier had become the first Arkansas Republican to serve in that body since Reconstruction. The seat had been held by his father David Pryor, who campaigned for his son. Pryor defeated Hutchinson 54% to 46% and was the only Democratic candidate for the Senate to defeat a Republican incumbent in that election cycle. 2008 Pryor won reelection in 2008 without a Republican opponent. There had been speculation that former Governor Mike Huckabee would run against Pryor if his presidential bid was unsuccessful, but on March 8, Huckabee said he would not contest the race; the only Republican to express interest in the race, health care executive Tom Formicola, decided not to run.
Pryor's only announced opponent was Green Party candidate Rebekah Kennedy, whom he defeated 80% to 20%. 2014 Pryor ran for reelection to a third term in 2014, against Republican U. S. House Rep. Tom Cotton. In March 2014, during an MSNBC news segment regarding the Senate race, Pryor said that Cotton gave off a "sense of entitlement" to a seat in the Senate due to his service in the military. After receiving much criticism for the remark, Pryor said he was not attacking Cotton’s military service, but his perceived lack of accomplishments in the House: "But the point remains that he's been in the House now for a little over a year, he hasn't passed any legislation. There's not one thing he's done for Arkansas."FactCheck.org called two ads aired by Pryor's 2014 Senate campaign misleading in their criticisms of Paul Ryan's Medicare plan, supported by his opponent. Pryor lost to Cotton by a 57% to 39% margin. Somewhat atypically, he was, for 19 days in January 2009, the Baby of the Senate, despite not having held that distinction during his first term, because of the defeat of the younger John E. Sununu.
Pryor was the oldest Senator to become "Baby of the Senate."In June 2007, before the annual Arkansas Democratic Party Jefferson-Jackson dinner, Pryor announced his endorsement of his colleague Sen. Hillary Clinton for the President of the United States. In 2013, Pryor voted with President Obama 90% of the time. Since 2009, Pryor's top three donors have been lawyers, leadership PACs, lobbyists. On February 13, 2009, Pryor voted to pass the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. On April 16, 2012, Pryor was the only Democratic Senator to vote against the "Buffett Rule", defeated 51 voting in favor to 45 voting against cloture of the Filibuster. In April 2014, the United States Senate debated the Minimum Wage Fairness Act; the bill would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to increase the federal minimum wage for employees to $10.10 per hour over the course of a two-year period. The bill was supported by President Barack Obama and many of the Democratic Senators, but opposed by Republicans in the Senate and House.
Pryor opposed the bill. Pryor was up for election in 2014 and was at that time considered "the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent." In June 2006, Pryor voted against repeal of the federal estate ta