President Pro Tempore 89th General Assembly
The Honorable Michael Lamoureux
Arkansas State Senator
Senator Michael Lamoureux of Russellville represents Senate District 16, which includes all of Newton and Pope Counties and parts of Boone, Carroll and Van Buren Counties.
His colleagues elected him to serve as President Pro Tem of the Senate for the 89th General Assembly, which means he will hold the position throughout 2013 and 2014.
As President Pro Tem he represents the entire Arkansas Senate to the public, the media, the governor’s office and the executive branch and the House of Representatives.
Senator Lamoureux was elected to the Senate by special election on December 16, 2009.
Before his election to the Senate, he served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from January, 2003, through 2008.
In 2013 and 2014 he will be a member of the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee; the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee; the Senate Efficiency Committee; the Legislative Facilities Committee; the Joint Budget Committee; the Legislative Council and the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee.
His leadership experience includes a term as Senate Minority Whip during the 88th General Assembly and as chair of two personnel subcommittees: the Personnel Subcommittee of Joint Budget, which meets during legislative sessions, and the Personnel Subcommittee of the Legislative Council, which meets in the interim. Senator Lamoureux was vice chair of Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee in the 88th General Assembly.
As State Representative for District 68, he served as House Minority Leader of the 86th General Assembly in 2007 and 2008.
His legislative career includes service on the Senate City, County and Local Affairs Committee; the Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee; the Joint Energy Committee; the Joint Budget Committee; the Arkansas Legislative Council; the Charitable, Penal and Correctional Institutions Subcommittee; the Administrative Rules and Regulations Subcommittee; the Legislative Facilities Committee; the Litigation Reports Oversight Subcommittee; the Forestry Subcommittee. He also worked with Arkansas Boys State.
In the House he served on the Education Committee, the Aging, Children and Youth Committee, the Joint Performance Review Committee and the Joint Auditing Committee.
Senator Lamoureux’s civic involvement includes service on the board of directors for Choices Pregnancy Resource Center, Friendship Services and Counseling Associates. He is a member of the Russellville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Yell County Wildlife Federation. He has received numerous awards for his professional and political service, including Friend of Arkansas Tech University, the Advocates for Justice Award from the Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Legislator of the Year from the Arkansas Realtors Association. Senator Lamoureux has been recognized by the Arkansas Dental Association for his support of the organization.
As a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), he works with legislators from across the United States. He is a member of the board of directors of ALEC, and is on the group’s Natural Resources Task Force. In 2011, he was appointed to the Energy Council’s Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research (CLEER) Board of Directors.
He is a native of Springfield, Missouri. In 1981, when he was five, his family moved to Dover, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Arkansas Tech University and a juris doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
He went into private practice, opening his own law firm in Russellville, after working as a Yell County public defender and a Logan County attorney ad litem. Senator Lamoureux is a member of Dover Baptist Church. He and his wife, Kristi, have one son, Luke, and one daughter, Ellie.