Mother. Nurse. Business Owner. Neighbor. State Legislator.

“I’ve spent 30 of my 40 years in Arkansas right here in District 84.

I raised two wonderful young men (Adam and Wesley both Fayetteville High graduates) with my husband Hershey of nearly forty years. Together, we’ve made District 84 our home by pouring our hearts and souls into local organizations, events, charities, and campaigns.”

Personal

I’ve been married to the love of my life Hershey Garner for 41 years. Together, we’ve raised two wonderful young men, Wes and Adam, both graduates of Fayetteville High School. I am also a proud grandma “Neecy” to Jack and Emma. My family and I attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville and our faith leads us to love and serve others everyday.

Professional

I started my business career as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner. I am a small business owner and partner in several Fayetteville restaurants, including the Farmer’s Table, Brick House Kitchen, and Noodles. I’m an owner of rental property throughout Washington County. I know the struggles of small businesses and startup companies.

Political

I was elected to the AR House of Representatives to represent District 84 in the fall of 2018. Once sworn-in, I was appointed Vice-Chair of the House Education Early Childhood Subcommittee, elected Co-Chair of the Freshman Legislative Bipartisan Caucus, and currently serve on the Education Committee, Aging, Children & Youth Committee, Legislative & Military Affairs Committee, and an alternate for the Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC).
Education is a bipartisan issue, so I was thrilled the Arkansas House Speaker appointed me to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Education Standing Committee. I will be a voice for states nationally on issues affecting pre-K-12 and higher education including: school safety, special education, school finance, and adequacy before the federal government to share best practices and collaborate with other states in their experiences in shaping public policy.

Community

I’ve been involved in our local and regional community with roles in several nonprofits such as Feed Fayetteville, an organization I helped found to promote access to healthy foods and nutritional education and LifeStyles, an organization providing opportunities to individuals with disabilities to participate and contribute to their community. I’ve served as board member for Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, UAMS Rockefeller Cancer Institute, UAMS Psychiatric Research Institute, and I am the current chair of the Washington Regional Medical Center Foundation

Proven Bi-partisan Leadership

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