Ingram tapped as top ‘rookie’ by veterans
State Representative Keith Ingram has been selected by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as one of the “rookie legislators” to watch.
Ingram, who represents District 53 (West Memphis area) was among six the state newspaper said “have already made their mark.”
The newspaper polled a cross-section of veteran legislators from both parties, asking them to name the rookie legislator who had distinguished himself and shows promise to be a future leader.
Ingram ran unopposed for the House District 53 seat in the November General Election. He follows both his father, W.K. “Bill” Ingram, and his brother, Kent Ingram, in the State Legislature.
Ingram is not new to state or local politics. He worked as a page for his father while he was a State Senator from 1963-1981. Ingram served as Mayor of West Memphis from 1987-1995. Kent held the Senate seat from 1981-1990.
“Obviously, I am honored. You always like to have the support of your peers,” Ingram said in a telephone interview with the Times. “My main goal is to do the best job I can to represent the citizens of District 53.”
Ingram told the Democrat Gazette that his father and brother had established a great relationship with people in state government.
“To a certain extent, I had a familiarity with a lot of people that were there,” Ingram said in the story.
Ingram has not hesitated to take on leadership roles, becoming Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee and serves on the House Revenue and Taxation and Insurance and Commerce Committees.
He has not hesitated to sponsor or co-sponsor, to date, seventeen House bills, including a newly passed law to allow the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption for restaurants, a bill governing the selection of members of municipal airport commissions and other public facilities boards, a bill to appropriate funds for Mid-South Community College for construction and renovations to its Welding Center, Allied Health Center and Diesel Technology Training Center, and most recently to allow a city that adjoins a border city that is separated by a river in another state to tax cigarettes at the rate used by the border city.
Ingram also sponsored a bill to commending West Memphis High School teacher Susan Waggener on her selection as Arkansas 2009 Teacher of the Year and a measure commending West Memphis native Wayne Jackson on his induction into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame.