Thank you for taking the time to visit www.matthewshepherd.org. Since being sworn in on January 10, 2011, as a State Representative, it has been my great honor and privilege to represent the people of District 6 in Little Rock. Everyday I have sought to provide the strong representation and decisive leadership that the people of District 6 deserve.
While I believe that my two legislative sessions were very productive, there is still much work to be done. My goals remain unchanged from my first campaign and those are to work to create jobs and economic development, create greater efficiency in state government, upgrade infrastructure particularly the state’s highway system, improve the quality of public education, and always stand up for the people of South Arkansas.
Consistent with those goals, I was very pleased to be the lead sponsor of the Sales Tax Holiday legislation (House Bill 1369, Act 757), perhaps the most widely known enactment from the 2011 session, that drew national attention and exempted certain items of clothing, school supplies, and numerous other items from sales tax during the first weekend of August. Additionally, I supported other bills that, along with the Sales Tax Holiday, provided Arkansans with $35 Million Dollars in tax relief, and I defended South Arkansas’ jobs by helping to defeat legislation that would have placed additional burdensome regulations on the state’s oil and gas industry.
In the most recent legislative session I served as lead sponsor of legislation that establishes the office of prosecuting attorney as a non-partisan office (House Bill 1855, Act 1110), and of legislation that aims to curb over-burdensome regulation by reforming the regulatory process to require state agencies to consider the fiscal impact on individuals and businesses when implementing new or revised rules (House Bill 2021, Act 759).
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. I continue to stand by the pledge that I made four years ago and that is - I will work tirelessly to make all of our voices heard in Little Rock. I once again ask for your vote and your support.