State Rep. Charlene Fite has announced she will seek re-election for a second term to the seat she won in 2012.
"It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of District 80 in the Arkansas House of Representatives," Fite said. "I look forward to working with area and state legislators to make District 80 an excellent place to live and work."
Fite, 63, serves on the judiciary and technology committees, is vice chairman of the children’s committee for aging, children, youth and military affairs and is a member of the Alzheimer’s Task Force.
Fite was lead House sponsor for 11 bills which passed both the House and Senate.
Bills sponsored by Fite included one establishing civil penalties for the crime of stalking, an act providing for licensed qualified interpreters for individuals who are deaf, an act strengthening sentence enhancement for domestic battery, an act covering the required child maltreatment central registry clerks for adoption, an act to provide for extended post-conviction no contact orders for certain criminal offenses and an act to amend the child maltreatment act.
For her work in the 89th General Assembly, Fite received several awards, including advocate of justice of the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Golden Torch award from the Arkansas Association of the Deaf and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Calvin Coolidge award from the Conduit for Commerce and Friend of Freedom award from Advance Arkansas Institute.
Fite was named in the top 16 legislators in the House by the American Conservative Union. She also was honored by the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence at its yearly meeting. In June 2013, Fite was part of the Arkansas delegation to Taiwan sponsored by the Taiwan government.
Fite is retired from Fort Smith Public Schools after 24 years as an educator. She taught special education and for the last 13 years of her career served as a school psychology specialist. She previously worked in the Pulaski County Special School District and was educational director for Arkansas Easter Seals.
She served as a missionary to Taiwan for eight years. She received a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas and did post graduate study at Northeastern Oklahoma State University, U of A and University of Central Arkansas.
Fite and her husband are members of Alma First Baptist Church where she is a choir member and soloist. She is on the board of Oaks Manor Retreat Center and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Crawford County. She and her husband have six adult children and five grandchildren.