Former state Rep. Jim House of Fayetteville has died at 70, after a tractor accident yesterday on his brother’s property.


House, a farmer and farrier, served as a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, representing District 89 in northwest Arkansas.

The Washington County Democrats issued this statement on his passing:


It is with the deepest sadness that we share with you the passing of our dear friend and loyal Democrat, Jim House. Jim was a lifelong public servant, from his time in the United States Army, to his leadership of the state’s health department and tenure in the Arkansas House of Representatives. Jim cared tremendously about this county, about its people, and loved his wonderful family, who we hold in our thoughts and in our prayers tonight. Jim, you are irreplaceable.

KFSM reported these deals about the accident:

According to Tontitown Police Chief Joey McCormick, House was killed after a tractor he was driving turned over on top of him. Central EMS responded to the initial call around 1:38 p.m., and police were called out to help. The incident happened off Brush Creek Road in Tontitown on his brother’s property. House was found by friends of his family. No one else was hurt in the accident. 

Arkansas Democratic Party chairman Michael John Gray issued this statement:


Jim House was the person you wanted if you were looking for somebody for public service. He didn’t do it for the ego. He didn’t do it for the notoriety. He just cared about people, he loved being around people, he enjoyed it. He was always one to be smiling, to be working harder than the next guy. He just really had a love for serving people. It’s something that’s missing in the political process, frankly, on both sides of the aisle these days.

Many more statements from prominent area Democrats on House over at KFSM. And more in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

In 2010, House was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Charlie Collins. House continued to be active in politics thereafter; in 2018, he unsuccessfully ran for Washington County Judge, falling to incumbent Judge Joseph Wood this November.