State Rep. Vivian Flowers, who represents much of Jefferson County in the Arkansas House of Representatives, is seeking reelection.
First elected in 2014 to represent what is now District 65, Flowers “has been a strong advocate and consistent voice on critical issues such as health, economic development, education, criminal justice, suffrage and good government,” according to a press release. “In addition to sponsoring and co-sponsoring dozens of bills that have passed, Flowers has worked with his colleagues and local leaders to fight for resources, social justice and equity for his district and across the south. of Arkansas.”
As a freshman and sophomore lawmaker, Flowers has championed family reunification, heritage tourism, minority business expansion, and fair election legislation.
In 2019, Flowers sponsored and passed legislation that ended child marriage (Law 1028), expanded government transparency by requiring audio recording and storage of public meetings (Law 849), and continued her commitment to increasing the state’s heritage tourism footprint in southern Arkansas with the “Arkansas Delta Music Trails Act” (Law 1066). Then in 2021, at the 93rd Arkansas General Assembly, she worked on criminal justice reform, railroad safety, government oversight, consumer protection, and drug access/cost/safety issues. pharmaceuticals.
“Each past session has been legislatively productive and equally valuable in terms of experience,” Flowers said. “But the covid-19 pandemic, expanding advocacy for constituency services, and working with local community partners on public safety and employment discrimination have driven me to serve in a way that I hope stronger and more meaningful.”
During the current legislative cycle, Flowers has been recognized for her service with the following awards:
National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) – Legislator of the Year Award – December 2020;
Jefferson County Association of Realtors – Legislator of the Year Award – July 13, 2021;
Arkansas Municipal League – Distinguished Legislative Award – July 24, 2021;
Arkansas Pharmacists Association – Percy Malone Award – September 7, 2021.
“Leadership has been an important part of Flowers’ distinguished service to Arkansas and to the country,” according to the press release. “She is currently the President and Secretary of State for Women in Legislative Leadership (WILL) for the NBCSL. She previously served as President of Region X for the NBCSL (2018-2020) as well as Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force of the NBCSL in 2020.”
During her first and second terms, Flowers was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Reform and she was elected chair of the Arkansas Black Legislative Caucus, respectively. She serves as Vice Chair of the House Insurance and Commerce Committee’s Public Utilities Subcommittee and serves on the Joint Budget, House Judiciary, and Advanced Communications and Information Technology Committees.
A fifth-generation Arkansan, Flowers is a first graduate of the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and professional technical writing from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the daughter of Dr. John A. Flowers Sr. and Mary Flowers, and is an active member of St. John AME Church in Pine Bluff.