State Rep. Bruce Coleman has announced that he is seeking re-election for a second term to represent District 81 in the Arkansas House of Representatives.

The district encompasses Alma, Mountainburg, Rudy, Winslow, Elkins and West Fork.

Coleman is the former co-owner of Coleman Butane Gas Co. Inc. and C&C Transport Co. Inc.

Coleman has served on the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee and the Aging, Children and Youth and Military Affairs Committee, as well as Joint Committee for Public Retirement and Social Security Programs. He was awarded the 2017 Business Matters Leadership Award from the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas, as well as the Arkansas Municipal League Distinguished Legislator Award for exemplary service that benefitted cities and towns of Arkansas.

Coleman said he believes that government has a role in protecting our citizens, young and old, through the military, police and fire protection, and ability for self-protection. He supports the governor’s plan for work requirements for welfare recipients, co-sponsored the Arkansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act, and the exemption of Military retirement pay from state income tax.

As a member of the Board of Advisers at the Ozark Campus of Arkansas Tech University, he has advocated for increased opportunities for training young people for job skills needed for industries in the area.

“I understand how critical small businesses are to our economy because I operated a successful small business for over 30 years”, Coleman said. “Small businesses create most of the jobs in Arkansas, yet excessive regulations have stifled job growth. I will continue to work to apply conservative principles and fight for our farmers and agri-businesses.”

Coleman is a graduate of Mountainburg High School, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in nutritional biochemistry. He is a Republican, a member of the Church of Christ and resides on a farm near Mountainburg with his wife, Mabel.