Our Office

Legislative and Agency Affairs

Director - Karen Whatley
Director - Karen Whatley

The Governor’s Legislative and Agency Affairs Office is comprised of staff members whose primary job is to research and promote implementation of the Governor’s ideas, initiatives, and legislative agenda on a variety of subjects, including the state’s budget, health care, economic development, education, and criminal justice.

Legislative and Agency Affairs Teams

Health Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Health
Arkansas Insurance Department
Arkansas Worker’s Compensation
Disability Determination for Social Security Administration

Education, Labor, and Workforce Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Department of Arkansas Heritage
Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas Department of Higher Education
Arkansas Department of Career Education
Arkansas Educational Television Network
Department of Labor
Department of Workforce Services

Military, Veterans, and Public Safety Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Arkansas Military Department
Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs
Arkansas Department of Emergency Management
Arkansas Department of Aeronautics
Arkansas State Police
Arkansas Crime Information Center
Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy
Assessment Coordination Department 
Game and Fish Commission

Agriculture, Energy, Natural Resources, and Transportation Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Department of Agriculture
Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality
Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department
Oil and Gas Commission
Public Service Commission

Criminal Justice Team Cabinet Agencies:

Arkansas Department of Correction
Department of Community Correction

Finance and Technology Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Department of Information Systems
Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration
Arkansas Securities Department
Arkansas State Banking Department
Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy
Arkansas Tobacco Control Board
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Arkansas Lottery Commission
Arkansas Racing Commission

Economic Development Policy Team Cabinet Agencies:

Department of Parks and Tourism
Arkansas Economic Development Commission

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