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Mary BentleyREPRepublican State Representative, District 73
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Mary Elizabeth Bentley (born December 26, 1961) is a businesswoman from Perryville, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 73, which encompasses parts of Yell, Pope, Perry, and Conway counties in the central portion of her state.She holds a nursing degree from the Church of Christ-affiliated Harding College in Searcy in White County, Arkansas. She was a registered nurse at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. Along with her ex-husband, she has owned Bentley Plastics in Perryville since 1983. She filed for divorce from her husband after filing an order of protection against him. She was also accused of making veiled threats to a Game and Fish Officer after her husband was caught on video illegally baiting wildlife in the Ouachita National Forest near their home.She is a member of New Life Fellowship Church, a contemporary Southern Baptist rural congregation near Perryville. She and her ex-husband, Ted Alan Bentley (born c. 1956), have three children.She ran without opposition in the Republican primary held on May 20, 2014, for the District 73 nomination to the state House. In the November 4 general election, she unseated the two-term Democrat John Catlett by 196 votes, 3,588 (51.4 percent) to 3,392 (48.6 percent), in an election year highly favorable in Arkansas to her party. In the 2012 general election, Catlett had defeated Bentley to gain his second term in the office.In February 2015, Bentley joined dozens of her fellow Republicans and two Democrats in co-sponsoring legislation submitted by Representative Lane Jean of Magnolia, to reduce unemployment compensation benefits. The measure was promptly signed into law by Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.That same month, Bentley supported House Bill 1228, sponsored by Republican Bob Ballinger of Carroll County, which sought to prohibit government from imposing a burden on the free exercise of religion.

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Education3 - 3 of 1
Harding University
BS Nursing
Past Positions1 - 3 of 3
Representative
Arkansas State House of Representatives
2014 - Current
Owner
Bentley Plastics
1983 - Current
Former Registered Nurse
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, Arkansas Children's Hospital
Other Experience1 - 23 of 23
Member
Perry County Right to Life
Current
Member
New Life Fellowship Church
Former Member
Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Committee on Legislative Auditing, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
State Agencies Subcommittee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Human Services, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Parks and Tourism, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Agriculture, Forestry, and Economic Development Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on House Planning, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Finance, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Subcommittee on Medicaid, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Subcommittee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER), Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Joint Subcommittee on Lottery Oversight, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Governor's Emergency Fund Review Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Girls State Committee, Arkansas State House of Representative
Former Member
Arkansas Legislative Council Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Energy Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on State Agencies, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Medicaid, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Member
Subcommittee on Local Government Personnel, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Joint Executive Subcommittee (Joint Legislative Auditing), Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
Joint Committee on Legislative Auditing, Arkansas State House of Representatives
Former Vice Chair
City, County and Local Affairs Committee, Arkansas State House of Representatives