Steve Womack

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Steve Womack
Steve Womack, Official Portrait, 112th Congress - Hi Res.jpg
Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee
Assumed office
January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
Preceded byJohn Yarmuth
Succeeded byJason Smith (designate)
Chair of the House Budget Committee
In office
January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11) – January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
Preceded byDiane Black
Succeeded byJohn Yarmuth
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2011 (2011-01-03)
Preceded byJohn Boozman
Mayor of Rogers
In office
Preceded byJohn Sampier
Succeeded byGreg Hines
Personal details
Stephen Allen Womack

(1957-02-18) February 18, 1957 (age 63)
Russellville, Arkansas, United States
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Terri Williams
EducationArkansas Tech University (BA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1979-2009[1]
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
UnitArkansas Army National Guard
AwardsLegion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Army Commendation Medal

Stephen Allen Womack[2] (/ˈwˌmæk/ WOH-mack; born February 18, 1957) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 3rd congressional district since 2011. A member of the Republican Party, he was mayor of Rogers, Arkansas prior to his congressional tenure.

Early life, education, and business career[edit]

Steve Womack as an Army National Guard lieutenant colonel in 2002

Womack was born in Russellville, Arkansas, the son of Elisabeth F. (Canerday) and James Kermit Womack.[3] He spent most of his childhood in Moberly, Missouri but moved back to Russellville at the age of 16 and graduated from Russellville High School in 1975. He graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 1979. Shortly afterward, he enlisted in the Arkansas Army National Guard. He served for 30 years, retiring in 2009 as a colonel. Womack's father founded KURM-AM in 1979, and Womack served as station manager from 1979 to 1990. He then served as executive officer of the Army ROTC program at the University of Arkansas from 1990 to 1996, then joined Merrill Lynch as a financial consultant.

Mayor of Rogers[edit]

In 1998, Womack was elected Mayor of Rogers, the ninth largest city of Arkansas. He served for twelve years as the city's mayor.[4] During his time as mayor, Womack sought to crack down on illegal immigration by assigning two Immigration and Naturalization Service agents to the Rogers Police Department.[5] As a result, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund filed a class-action suit against the city's police force, accusing it of racial profiling.[6]

In 2002 and 2006 Womack won re-election unopposed.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



In late 2009, Womack jumped into the race for the 3rd District after incumbent Republican John Boozman gave it up to run for the United States Senate. The 3rd is one of the most Republican districts in the South and the nation (Republicans have held it since 1967), and it was generally believed whoever won the Republican primary would be the district's next congressman. He ranked first in the seven-candidate primary with 31% of the vote, failing to reach the 50% threshold.[8] In the June runoff, he defeated State Senator and fellow Rogers resident Cecile Bledsoe 52%-48%.[9]

In the general election, Womack defeated Democratic nominee David Whitaker, 72%-28%.[10]


Womack was originally set to face veteran Ken Aden in his re-election bid. However, on July 8, Aden withdrew from the race after admitting to exaggerating his military record. As it was too late to select a replacement candidate for Aden (under Arkansas law, the Democratic Party could only name a replacement at that late date if the original candidate died, moved out of the district or opted to seek another office), Womack faced no major-party opposition in November.[11] He won re-election to a second term with 76% of the vote.[12]


In 2011, Womack filed an amendment to a spending bill in an attempt to defund Barack Obama's teleprompter.[13][better source needed]

In 2013, Womack sponsored H.R. 684, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, a bill that would allow states to charge and collect sales taxes on internet purchases.[14]

In 2010 Womack signed a pledge sponsored by Americans for Prosperity promising to vote against any global warming legislation that would raise taxes.[15]

Womack was a member of the House Appropriations Committee when in 2014[16] lawmakers inserted a prohibition into an appropriations bill that would prevent USDA staff from working on finishing regulations related to the meat industry.[17]

In a 2015 episode of his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, John Oliver criticized Womack for blocking the enforcement of laws proposed by the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration that would have protected chicken farmers from being threatened or punished by the companies they work for if they spoke out regarding their farming experiences.[18]

In December 2017, Womack voted for the Republican tax legislation.[19][20][21]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]

In 2016, Womack had a "D" rating from marijuana legalization advocacy group NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Womack attends Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, a Southern Baptist church in Rogers, Arkansas.[24]

Womack's son, James Phillip Womack, was sentenced to nine years in prison on felony gun and drug charges in April 2019.[25]

Electoral history[edit]

Year Office District Democratic Republican Other
2010 U.S. House of Representatives Arkansas's 3rd district David Whitaker 27.56% Steve Womack 72.44%
2012 U.S. House of Representatives Arkansas's 3rd district Steve Womack 75.9% Rebekah Kennedy (G) 16.01%
2014 U.S. House of Representatives Arkansas's 3rd district Steve Womack 79.41% Grant Brand (L) 20.59%
2016 U.S. House of Representatives Arkansas's 3rd district Steve Womack 77.31% Steve Isaacson (L) 22.69%
2018 U.S. House of Representatives Arkansas's 3rd district Joshua Mahony Steve Womack


  1. ^ "Once a Soldier... Always a Soldier - Soldiers of the 112th Congress" (PDF). Legislative Agenda. Association of the United States Army. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Rep. Steve Womack". LegiStorm. 2011. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Ancestry® | Genealogy, Family Trees & Family History Records". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Steve Womack (R)". Election 2012. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Arkansas Congressman Criticizes Constituent For Wearing Mexican Flag Shirt". Fox News Latino. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  6. ^ A Town's Two Faces. Newsweek (2001-06-04). Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
  7. ^ Bio at Rogers city site. Retrieved on 2011-06-24.
  8. ^ "Our Campaigns - AR District 03 - R Primary Race - May 18, 2010". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Our Campaigns - AR District 03 - R Runoff Race - Jun 08, 2010". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Our Campaigns - AR - District 03 Race - Nov 02, 2010". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  11. ^ Brantley, Max (9 July 2012). "Ken Aden dropping out of 3rd District congressional race". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  12. ^ "Our Campaigns - AR - District 03 Race - Nov 06, 2012". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  13. ^ Newell, Jim. "Republican Tries to Defund Obama's Teleprompter". Gawker. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  14. ^ "H.R. 684 - Summary". United States Congress. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "What is the "GIPSA Rider" and why is the House once again attacking farmers' rights?". 17 June 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  17. ^ Arnsdorf , Isaac (5 June 2019). "Chicken farmers thought Trump was going to help them, but his administration did the opposite". Retrieved 1 August 2019.
  18. ^ Haas, Nathaniel (1 June 2015). "John Oliver vs. chicken". Politico. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  19. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  20. ^ Kamper, Deni (21 December 2017). "What You Should Know About the New Tax Plan". NWAHOMEPAGE. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  21. ^ "Senate OKs tax bill; House revote set". Northwest Arkansas Democratic Gazette. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  23. ^ "Arkansas Scorecard - - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". Retrieved 21 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Ten Southern Baptists sworn in as new reps". Baptist Press. 5 January 2011. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2019. Here is information on the new House members who have been confirmed to be members of Southern Baptist churches. Arkansas: Rep. Rick Crawford, First District, Nettleton Baptist Church, Jonesboro; Rep. Tim Griffin, Second District, Immanuel BC, Little Rock.; Rep. Steve Womack, Third District, Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, Rogers.
  25. ^ "Arkansas congressman's son gets 9-year term in gun, drug case". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Bentonville, Arkansas: WEHCO Media. 18 April 2019. ISSN 1060-4332. Archived from the original on 19 April 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019. BENTONVILLE -- The son of an Arkansas congressman was sentenced to nine years in prison last week after pleading guilty to drugs and firearm-related charges. James Phillip Womack, 31, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a counterfeit substance with purpose to deliver, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of firearms by certain persons. Womack resolved his case through a plea agreement Shane Wilkinson, his attorney, reached with David James, deputy prosecutor. Womack is the son of U.S. Rep. Steve Womack, a Republican.

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