AACP 2019-2020 Legislator of the Year (Senator Eddie Cheatman, District 26)
AACP 2019-2020 Legislator of the Year
Senator Eddie Cheatham, District 26
Senator Eddie Cheatham serves as a member of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development Committee as well as the Joint Audit Committee and the Arkansas Legislative Council, but it was his role on the Joint Public Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee that made him our obvious choice for this award.
Senator Cheatham has been a longtime supporter of law enforcement. He was selected as one of the AACP Legislators of the Year for his work on a very key piece of our legislative package dealing with law enforcement retirement. This legislation will allow officers who have retired the opportunity, under certain circumstances, to return to law enforcement and continue to draw their retirement. Always willing to work behind the scenes and across the aisle, it was these skills from Senator Cheatham that helped secure the passage of this legislation that will be particularly helpful in the recruitment of experienced officers into small and rural departments.
Senator Cheatham's BIO
- District Address:2814 Ashley 239, Crossett, 71635
- Party: Democrat
- Occupation: Retired Educator
- Legislative Service: Senate 2013, 2015, 2017 House 2007, 2009, 2011
Senator Eddie Cheatham was elected to the Senate in 2012 to represent District 26, which includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Drew Counties and parts of Cleveland, Desha and Lincoln Counties.
Previously, he had been elected to the House of Representatives in 2006 and served six years.
He is a former member of the Crossett City Council.
Born in Magnolia, Senator Cheatham retired from the University of Arkansas at Monticello Technical Campus in Crossett. He and his wife, Ginger, have one daughter and one son and four grandchildren. They are members of First United Methodist Church of Crossett.
Senator Cheatham is vice chair of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and a member of the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Economic Development. He also serves on the Joint Budget Committee and the Legislative Council.