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Bill Halter

Office Seeking: U.S. Senate, Arkansas

Position Held: Lt. Governor, Arkansas

Primary Election Opponent: Blanche Lincoln



Progressive Credentials:

  • Supports health care reform and will stand up against the Insurance lobbyists and Special Interests.
  • Supports raising the minimum wage and American worker’s right to organize.
  • Supports comprehensive Financial Reform and oversight.
  • Supports the creation of clean energy technologies to help our environment and jump start our economy

Why We Like Him: As Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter focuses on education and jobs. He supports reform both in health care and on Wall Street and realizes these changes benefits everyday Americans. In fact, when Halter worked under Clinton in the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1999 he helped turn our $290 billion deficit into a $125 billion surplus.

Candidate Quote: “I will stand up for middle-class families over Wall Street interests. I believe Democrats and Senators should return to our roots and remember whose side we’re on – hard-working families, not Washington special interests. Washington let Wall Street drive our economy into the ground, but now they they want to pat themselves on the back for finally noticing the problem that they created. In the Senate I will fight for all of us who are fed up with how Washington does business.”

Candidate Website: http://billhalter.com/

Bill Halter is Arkansas’ 14th Lieutenant Governor. His focus is education and jobs. He believes Arkansas must develop a skilled and educated work force to meet the challenges of a 21st century economy.

Arkansas voters elected Bill Halter to a four-year term as Lieutenant Governor on November 7, 2006, with 57 percent of the vote. As the state’s second-ranking constitutional officer, he serves as governor when the governor is out of state and presides over the Arkansas Senate when the General Assembly is in session. Nationally, Lieutenant Governor Halter chairs the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (after being elected by his colleagues). He also chairs the Southern Region of the National Lieutenant Governors Association.

In the public sector, President Bill Clinton appointed (and the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed) Bill Halter as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security in 1999. As the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, he was responsible for the delivery of more than $500 billion in benefits to 48 million-plus Americans, including nearly 540,000 Arkansans. He later served as Acting Commissioner of Social Security, managing 65,000 employees in 1,500 offices.

Bill Halter first joined the Clinton administration in 1993, working to help trim bureaucratic waste with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President. During his six years at OMB, the government’s $290 billion budget deficit was transformed into a $125 billion surplus. The United States enjoyed its first balanced budget in 40 years.

Previously, Bill Halter served the U.S. Congress as an economist for the Joint Economic Committee and as Chief Economist for the Senate Finance Committee.

The Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas is a Rhodes Scholar, receiving an M.Phil. degree in economics from Oxford University in England in 1986. He studied economics and political science as a National Merit Scholar and Harry S. Truman Scholar at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, where he earned an A.B. degree with honors and distinction and graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1983.

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