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 first legislative session was very productive, there is still much work to be done; therefore, 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. Also, 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 November 2010 my campaign was successful due in large part to the many supporters who contributed of their time and resources, and I would appeal once again for your assistance as campaigns are costly and do require many volunteers. While the boundaries of District 6 are changing due to redistricting, regardless of whether you live inside or outside of District 6, I would ask for your support.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time. I continue to stand by the pledge that I made two 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.