President Pro Tempore 90th General Assembly
The Honorable Jonathan Dismang
Arkansas State Senator
Senator Jonathan Dismang of Searcy, who has served in the Arkansas legislature since the beginning of the 2009 regular session, was elected President Pro Tempore of the Senate on November 14. Senator Dismang will serve as President for the remainder of the 89th General Assembly, and he will be sworn in as President Pro Tem of the Senate for the 90th General Assembly on January 12, the first day of the 2015 legislative session.
Senator Dismang represents Senate District 28, which comprises Prairie County and parts of Arkansas, Lonoke, Monroe, White and Woodruff Counties. He is chairman of the Special Language Committee of the Joint Budget Committee. His current committee memberships include:
- Senate Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development
- Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor
- Senate Children and Youth
- Joint Energy
- Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC)
- Joint Budget Committee (JBC)
- Legislative Joint Auditing
- Executive Committee of Arkansas Legislative Council
- Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight
- ALC-Game and Fish/State Police
- Legislative Joint Auditing-Education Institutions
- Legislative Joint Auditing-Medicaid Subcommittee
- ALC-Administrative Rules & Regulations
- ALC-Policy Making
- ALC-Hospital and Medicaid Study Subcommittee
- Task Force on Substance Abuse Treatment Services
Regionally and nationally, Senator Dismang is active with several key organizations including the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Council of State Governments (CSG). With SLC, he holds membership on the Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee and the Human Services & Public Safety Committee, with NCSL he serves on the Health Standing Committee and with CSG, he serves on the Committee for Suggested State Legislation.
Senator Dismang was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in November, 2008, from House District 49. He was elected vice chairman of the Freshman Caucus and recognized by his peers for his outstanding leadership ability. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him one of the Top Six Freshman to Watch during the 87th General Assembly and the Three Rivers Edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette named him as one of Twenty to Watch.
Senator Dismang is owner and president of Dismang Consulting Services, LLC, where he provides financial oversight services with an emphasis in real estate. Civically, he is active in many local and state organizations, including White County 4-H Foundation, The Rose Bud East Advisory Council, Beebe Chamber of Commerce, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Searcy Young Professionals Network and the Harding University Presidents Council. He is a member of the board of directors for the Arkansas Children's Advocacy Centers and past chairman of the Arkansas National Association of Royalty Owners.
A native of Maynard, Arkansas, in Randolph County, Senator Dismang graduated with honors from Beebe High School in 1997. He completed his degrees in accounting and economics at Harding University with cum laude distinction.
After several years in public accounting, he took a Chief Financial Officer position with Whitwell & Ryles Real Estate Investments, LLC of North Little Rock in 2007. In addition to his position with Whitwell & Ryles, Jonathan began Dismang Consulting Services, LLC in 2008, through which he provides financial oversight for a number of companies with emphasis in real estate.
He is married to the former Mandy Staggs and together they have two children, Cade and Sawyer. They are members of the Church of Christ.