Current State Representative Justin Boyd has announced his intent to seek election for the District 8 seat in the Arkansas Senate. The election is scheduled for November 2022. District boundaries and numbers will likely change based on upcoming redistricting announcements anticipated in Fall 2021.
Boyd is serving his fourth term in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He represents District 77 which covers a portion of Sebastian County, primarily Fort Smith.
For the 93rd General Assembly, Boyd serves as Co-Vice Chairperson of the Joint Budget Committee. He also serves on the House Insurance and Commerce Committee, and the House Public Health, Welfare & Labor Committee.
“I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to accomplish as Representative and helping strengthen Sebastian County and the state during my time in the House,” said Boyd. “We’ve been able to speak for Fort Smith and have worked to make it and our regional partners significant in Arkansas. I’m excited to move to the Senate and continue representing our community.”
Boyd has over 20 years of experience in healthcare and business in the region. He worked as Section Manager in Pharmacy Operations at Mercy Fort Smith from 2003-2009 and prior to that as a Clinical Pharmacist at Washington
Regional Hospital in Fayetteville. Since 2009, he has owned the successful Coleman Pharmacy of Alma, where he has created jobs and added to the local economy.
He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from UAMS College of Pharmacy and his MBA from the University of Arkansas Walton College of Business. In addition, Boyd received an Associate’s Degree from University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. He also previously served as Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at UAMS College of Pharmacy.
He is an active member of the Fort Smith Morning Exchange Club and will serve as the incoming President. Boyd is a member of the Arkansas Pharmacists Association, the National Community Pharmacists Association, the National Wild
Turkey Federation, and the Quality Deer Management Association. He is also part of the FBI Citizens Academy Association. In 2003, Representative Boyd received the Distinguished Young Pharmacist Award from the Arkansas
Boyd would continue focusing on practical solutions to challenges in our state with an emphasis on our healthcare system, the opioid epidemic and our criminal justice system. He also supports continued efforts to increase our Professional Learning Community Schools (PLCs). As well, the Senate more closely aligns with his plan to have a sharper focus on our state’s fiscal issues