State Rep. Charlene Fite has announced that she will seek re-election for a third term to the seat she first won in 2012.
Fite represents District 80, which includes parts of Crawford and Washington counties. She serves as vice chairman of the Aging, Children, Youth and Military Affairs Committee, is a member of Public Health, Welfare and Labor, is on Joint Performance Review and is first alternate on Legislative Council. She is a member of the Teacher Retirement and Insurance Task Force and the Rural Fire Department Committee.
During the most recent legislative session, Fite was lead sponsor of 12 bills which passed the House and Senate. Bills sponsored by Fite include one focusing the law regarding confidentiality of records of child abuse or neglect; an act concerning the procedures of sex offenders registration and verification; an act concerning victim impact statement during an inmate’s parole determination; an act to allow school district enrollment by foster children; an act to establish the child death and near death fatality multidisciplinary review committee; an act adding human trafficking to the list of what constitutes a sex offense in the sex offender registration act; and an act requiring that dispensers of abortion inducing drugs follow FDA guidelines.
For her work in the 90th General Assembly, Fite has been honored with the Family Council Action Committee’s Power of Courage award and has been recognized by the Hearing Instrument Dispensers. She has also received awards from the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Arkansas Association for the Deaf, Arkanas Prosecuting Attorneys Association and Arkansas Interpreters for the Deaf.
Fite is retired from the Fort Smith School District, where she served as a special education teacher and school psychology specialist. She was previously education director for Arkansas Easter Seals and was a missionary in Taiwan for eight years.
She received her master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and did post graduate study at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, University of Arkansas and University of Central Arkansas. She also is a graduate of Taipei Language Institute in Taipei, Taiwan.
Fite and her husband are members of First Baptist Church in Alma where she is in the choir and is a soloist. She is on the board of Crawford County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). She and her husband Tom have six children and six grandchildren.