Birthdate: Oct. 18, 1948
Birth Place: Crossett, AR, United States
Residence: Louann, AR
Religion: Baptist
Gender: Male

Candidacy

Education

Gene Jeffress was born in Crosett, Ark., and now lives in Louann. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Arkansas-Monticello.

Jeffress is a retired music teacher who was elected to the Arkansas House in 1998, where he served two terms. He has served in the state Senate since 2001.

He and his wife, Cynthia, have three children.

Profile

Gene Jeffress won the 2012 Democratic nomination for Arkansas' 4th Congressional District with little money in the bank and no paid campaign staff. He faces Republican nominee Tom Cotton in the race to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Mike Ross.

Jeffress was the first Democrat to announce he was running for Ross' seat, and he's promised to follow the retiring congressman's conservative streak.

He's opposed to same-sex marriage and is opposed to abortion in most instances. He has said he's not sure if he would have voted for the 2010 federal health care reform law, though he said he's concerned about the impact the overhaul will have on the state.

Jeffress supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, breaking with President Barack Obama and national Democrats who have opposed such an amendment.

During the 2012 legislative session, he supported a resolution calling for approval by state legislators to increase the nation's borrowing limit. Jeffress later said he regretted signing on as a sponsor to that proposal.

Source: Associated Press

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