Former Arkansas law­maker dies from farm­ing ac­ci­dent

El Dorado News-Times - - Viewpoint -

FAYET­TEVILLE, (AP) — A former Arkansas law­maker who ran un­suc­cess­fully for county judge has died from an ap­par­ent farm­ing ac­ci­dent.

The North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette re­ports Jim House died Wed­nes­day. The news­pa­per re­ports the Wash­ing­ton County coro­ner con­firmed the death of the 70-year-old House, who served in the state House from 2007 un­til 2011.

The Demo­crat House was first elected to the state House in 2006 and won re­elec­tion 2008. He lost his re­elec­tion bid to Repub­li­can Rep. Char­lie Collins in 2010. Dur­ing his last term in the Leg­is­la­ture, House served as co-chair­man of the Leg­isla­tive Joint Au­dit­ing com­mit­tee. House un­suc­cess­fully chal­lenged Wash­ing­ton County Judge Joseph Wood, a Repub­li­can, in last month's gen­eral elec­tion. House was a farmer who en­tered pol­i­tics after a 26-year ca­reer at the state Depart­ment of Health.

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