Arkansas State Representative

Matthew J. Shepherd

Republican  •  6th District 92nd General Assembly
Party
Republican
Past Service
House 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, Speaker-designate, Speaker of the House 2018
Seniority
5
Religion
Southern Baptist
Occupation
Attorney
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Matthew J. Shepherd
About Rep. Shepherd

Rep. Matthew Shepherd of El Dorado is serving his fifth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives and his second term as Speaker of the House. He represents District 6, which includes a portion of Union County.

A native of El Dorado, Rep. Shepherd graduated from El Dorado High School. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University and his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. A practicing attorney, he is a member of the El Dorado Rotary Club, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Union County Bar Association, and the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce.
Before he was elected Speaker, Rep. Shepherd served two terms as chair of the House Judiciary Committee.

Speaker Shepherd first entered the Arkansas House Chamber in 1997 as an intern for then Governor Mike Huckabee.  His job was to sit in the gallery, record the action on the floor, and then report back to the bill room for tracking.

Twenty two years later, Shepherd was elected Speaker of the Arkansas House for the 92nd General Assembly.  Shepherd began serving as Speaker of the 91st General Assembly in June of 2018 upon the resignation of Speaker Jeremy Gillam.

Rep. Shepherd and his wife, Alie, have three young children and reside in El Dorado.



Elected Terms

2019 (Jan 1st, 2019 — Dec 31st, 2020) 2017 (Jan 1st, 2017 — Dec 31st, 2018) 2015 (Jan 1st, 2015 — Dec 31st, 2016) 2013 (Jan 1st, 2013 — Dec 31st, 2014) 2011 (Jan 1st, 2011 — Dec 31st, 2012)

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State Resources for Flood Victims
State Resources for Flood Victims

Whether it is rebuilding a family home or planning for a loss of crops, our state will be recovering...

Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship
Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship

For students just beginning an education or going back to school, the lottery scholarship offers opp...

Military Appreciation in Arkansas
Military Appreciation in Arkansas

The month of May is designated as Military Appreciation Month.Not only do we pause on Memorial Day t...

New Transportation Laws
New Transportation Laws

Many of the bills passed in the recent session could have a direct impact on your daily commute. &nb...

Growing our Tourism Industry
Growing our Tourism Industry

When we pass legislation to grow our economy, it does not stop at tax incentives and workforce train...

Daily Summary for April 9, 2019
Daily Summary for April 9, 2019

On Tuesday, the House passed HB1876, the bill to amend the Revenue Stabilization Law. The bill outli...

Daily Summary for April 8, 2019
Daily Summary for April 8, 2019

The Joint Budget Committee advanced HB1876, the bill to amend the Revenue Stabilization Law. The bil...

Week 12 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 12 of 2019 Regular Session

The state budget is guided by the Revenue Stabilization Act (RSA) which is typically one of the last...

Daily Summary for April 4, 2019
Daily Summary for April 4, 2019

In a vote of 68-20 with 2 members voting present, the House passed HJR1008. This is a proposed const...

Daily Summary for April 3, 2019
Daily Summary for April 3, 2019

The House approved HR1073. This resolution allows for the introduction of a third proposed constitut...

Daily Summary for April 2, 2019
Daily Summary for April 2, 2019

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced SB576. This bill requires out of state online reta...

Daily Summary for April 1, 2019
Daily Summary for April 1, 2019

In a vote of 51-26, with 9 members voting present, the House passed SJR15. This is a proposed consti...

Week 11 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 11 of 2019 Regular Session

Legislation passing the House this week addressed everything from robocalls to property taxes.While...

Daily Summary for March 28, 2019
Daily Summary for March 28, 2019

On Thursday, the House passed a measure to increase homestead property tax credit. SB447 increases t...

Daily Summary for March 27, 2019
Daily Summary for March 27, 2019

The House Insurance and Commerce Committee advanced SB514. This bill makes illegal robocalls origina...

Daily Summary for March 26, 2019
Daily Summary for March 26, 2019

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced SB561. This bill requires The Assessment Coordinat...

Daily Summary for March 25, 2019
Daily Summary for March 25, 2019

More than 550 bills have made it to the Governor’s desk during this legislative session.  We no...

Week 10 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 10 of 2019 Regular Session

The House is now in the final weeks of the 2019 Regular Session. In recent days, the House has passe...

Daily Summary for March 20, 2019
Daily Summary for March 20, 2019

In a vote of 87-0, the House passed HB1674. This bill creates a statewide child abduction response t...

Daily Summary for March 19, 2019
Daily Summary for March 19, 2019

With a vote of 91-0, the House passed HB1685. This bill increases the foundation funding for K-12 ed...

Daily Summary for March 18, 2019
Daily Summary for March 18, 2019

On Monday, House members began the 10th week of the Regular Session.With a vote of 87-0 and 4 member...

Week 9 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 9 of 2019 Regular Session

This week, the House passed legislation which will drastically change the way our communities respon...

Daily Summary for March 14, 2019
Daily Summary for March 14, 2019

With a vote of 82-0 and 10 members voting present, the House passed the Transformation and Efficienc...

Daily Summary for March 13, 2019
Daily Summary for March 13, 2019

The House State Agencies Committee advanced SB445. This bill states that the date of the primary ele...

Daily Summary for March 12, 2019
Daily Summary for March 12, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee advanced SB197. This bill clarifies that a law enforcement officer may...

Daily Summary for March 11, 2019
Daily Summary for March 11, 2019

On Monday, the House passed HB1523. This bill states a correctional or detention facility shall not...

Week 8 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 8 of 2019 Regular Session

Arkansas ranks forty-fourth in the nation when it comes to maternal mortality rates.  Maternal...

Daily Summary for March 7, 2019
Daily Summary for March 7, 2019

The House Education Committee advanced HB1409.  This bill provides 40 minutes of recess for ele...

Daily Summary for March 6, 2019
Daily Summary for March 6, 2019

The House Rules committee advanced HB1565.  This bill seeks to provide funding for a national c...

Daily Summary for March 5, 2019
Daily Summary for March 5, 2019

The House Education Committee advanced HB1569. This bill allows school districts to develop policies...

Daily Summary for March 4, 2019
Daily Summary for March 4, 2019

On Monday, the House passed two pieces of legislation addressing highway funding.In a vote of 71-26,...

Week 7 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 7 of 2019 Regular Session

In Arkansas, there are two ways to put a constitutional amendment on an election ballot.First, an in...

Daily Summary for February 28, 2019
Daily Summary for February 28, 2019

In a vote of 85-6, the House passed HB1437. This bill makes it a Class A misdemeanor if a mandated r...

Daily Summary for February 27, 2019
Daily Summary for February 27, 2019

The House State Agencies committee advanced HJR1018. This is a proposed constitutional amendment whi...

SPEAKER SHEPHERD APPOINTS TOMMY MAY TO INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION
SPEAKER SHEPHERD APPOINTS TOMMY MAY TO INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION

Little Rock, Arkansas (February 27, 2019) –Arkansas House Speaker Matthew Shepherd has named Tommy M...

Daily Summary for February 26, 2019
Daily Summary for February 26, 2019

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced legislation outlining $95 million in additional fu...

Daily Summary for February 25, 2019
Daily Summary for February 25, 2019

With a vote of 78-13 and 2 members voting present, the House passed HB1489. This legislation address...

Week 6 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 6 of 2019 Regular Session

Close to 200 bills have been signed into law as we close the 6th week of the 2019 Regular Session.On...

Daily Summary for February 21, 2019
Daily Summary for February 21, 2019

On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced several pieces of legislation including HB1437....

Daily Summary for February 20, 2019
Daily Summary for February 20, 2019

The House State Agencies Committee advanced legislation addressing petitions for constitutional amen...

Daily Summary for February 19, 2019
Daily Summary for February 19, 2019

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee advanced several pieces of legislation including HB1126 wh...

Daily Summary for February 18, 2019
Daily Summary for February 18, 2019

We are now entering the 6th week of the session.On Monday, the House passed HB1403. This bill allows...

Week 5 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 5 of 2019 Regular Session

More than 140 bills have been signed into law during this session.There are hundreds of bills still...

Daily Summary for February 14, 2019
Daily Summary for February 14, 2019

In a vote of 82-14 with 2 members voting present, the House passed SB211. This bill cuts the top tax...

Daily Summary for February 13, 2019
Daily Summary for February 13, 2019

The House State Agencies Committee advanced HB1402. This bill requires special elections to be held...

Daily Summary for February 12, 2019
Daily Summary for February 12, 2019

The House Revenue and Taxation Committee advanced SB211 this morning. This bill cuts the top tax rat...

Daily Summary for February 11, 2019
Daily Summary for February 11, 2019

In a vote of 96-0, the House passed HB1302, An Act to Create the Red Tape Reduction Collective Rulem...

Week 4 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 4 of 2019 Regular Session

This week, the House voted overwhelmingly to raise teacher salaries, increase a tax credit, and incr...

Daily Summary for February 7, 2019
Daily Summary for February 7, 2019

With a vote of 91-0, the House passed a bill titled the Teacher Salary Enhancement Act.  HB1145...

Daily Summary for February 6, 2019
Daily Summary for February 6, 2019

In a vote of 95-0, the full House voted in favor of HB1296.  This prohibits and occupational li...

Daily Summary for February 5, 2019
Daily Summary for February 5, 2019

The House Education Committee advanced several bills including HB1145, the Teacher Salary Enhancemen...

SPEAKER APPOINTS NATHAN EVERS TO INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION
SPEAKER APPOINTS NATHAN EVERS TO INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION

SPEAKER SHEPHERD APPOINTS NATHAN EVERS TO INDEPENDENT CITIZENS COMMISSION  Little Rock, Ar...

An Overview of Week 3 of Regular Session
An Overview of Week 3 of Regular Session

House members are now preparing for the fourth week of the 2019 Regular Session. We are expecting to...

Daily Summary for January 31, 2019
Daily Summary for January 31, 2019

The House has now completed the third week of the Regular Session.Today, the House Public Transporta...

Daily Summary for January 30, 2019
Daily Summary for January 30, 2019

The House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee advanced legislation that will allow a f...

Daily Summary for January 29, 2019
Daily Summary for January 29, 2019

The House Public Transportation Committee advanced several pieces of legislation today.HB1100 addres...

Daily Summary for January 28, 2019
Daily Summary for January 28, 2019

The House is now entering its third week of the Regular Session.On Monday, the House voted 94-0 to r...

Week 2 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 2 of 2019 Regular Session

The House has now wrapped up its second week of the Regular Session. More than 250 bills have been f...

Daily Summary for January 24, 2019
Daily Summary for January 24, 2019

On Thursday, the House passed legislation aimed at protecting employees when it comes to microchip t...

Daily Summary for January 23, 2019
Daily Summary for January 23, 2019

Members of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee began hearing details on legi...

Daily Summary for January 22, 2019
Daily Summary for January 22, 2019

Two pieces of legislation addressing the opioid crises in Arkansas moved forward today.With a vote o...

Week 1 of 2019 Regular Session
Week 1 of 2019 Regular Session

Highway funding, tax cuts, teacher salaries, and transforming state government are just a few of the...

Daily Summary for January 17, 2019
Daily Summary for January 17, 2019

There are a few bills now making their way to the House floor as we are wrapping up the first week o...

Daily Summary for January 16, 2019
Daily Summary for January 16, 2019

In every session, one of the first pieces of legislation to be considered by the House is the resolu...

Daily Summary for January 15
Daily Summary for January 15

It was another historic day in the House Chamber as all newly elected constitutional officers took t...

Diversity in House membership
Diversity in House membership

Having a diverse membership helps the House of Representatives more effectively serve the people of...

About the Arkansas General Assembly
About the Arkansas General Assembly

There is a new rule taking effect this session which changes the way our many of our committees are...

Statement from Speaker Shepherd on Rep. Gates

“I have been made aware of the arrest of Rep. Gates this morning.It is deeply troubling to hear of a...


Contact Representative Shepherd

Matthew J. Shepherd
matthew.shepherd@arkansashouse.org


200 N. Jefferson Ave., #600
El Dorado, AR 71730
870-862-2087
Fax: 870-862-2747