Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh of Van Buren is serving his third term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 79, which includes part of Crawford County.
For the 90th General Assembly, he serves on the Education Committee, the City, County and Local Affairs, the Arkansas Legislative Council, the Joint Committee on Energy, and the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs.
For the 89th General Assembly, he served on the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, the Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee and Education Committee.
For the 88th General Assembly, he served on the House Committee for Aging, Children and Youth. He chaired the Subcommittee for Legislative, Military and Veterans Affairs. He also served on the House Judiciary Committee and the Joint Committee for Public Retirement and Social Security Programs.
Rep. Deffenbaugh earned a bachelor's degree in education from Ouachita Baptist University. He is a retired teacher and coach, and in his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and traveling. He and his wife, Carolyn, are Southern Baptist. They have two grown children.