Rep. Denny Altes is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of representatives. He was first elected in 1999 during a special election, and he was re-elected in 2000. He served two terms in the Arkansas Senate, representing District 13, before coming back to represent District 63 in the House. His district includes a majority of the city of Fort Smith.
For the 89th General Assembly, Rep. Altes will serve on the Revenue and Taxation Committee, State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Arkansas Legislative Council. For the 88th General Assembly, Rep. Altes served on the Joint Budget Committee; the Joint Energy Committee; the House Public Transportation Committee, and the House Committee for City, County and Local Affairs.
Rep. Altes is involved with several organizations, including the American LegislativeExchange Council (ALEC) and Rotary Club. He is also a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. Before the start of his legislative career, Senator Altes served as Justice of the Peace for Sebastian County Quorum Court. He has received numerous awards, including the 2009 Arkansas Municipal League, Distinguished Legislator Award; the 2005 Arkansas Realtors Association Award for Senator of the Year, and the 2003 National Rifle Association, Defender of the Constitution Award.
Rep. Altes graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith and attended Arkansas Tech University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, as a military police officer in Korea. He now works as a construction investor.
He and his wife, Susan, have two grown children, and two grandchildren. Rep. Altes and his wife are members of First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, where he serves as a deacon.