Joyce Elliott, former state senator and congressional candidate, suffers stroke

“The entire state should lift up Senator Joyce Elliott,” said Democratic Party of Arkansas Chair Grant Tennille. “Her love of Arkansas and her compassion for its people have motivated thousands to public service and advocacy for decades. We all have a better home because of her selflessness. Today, we are rallying behind her, praying for her health, and respecting her privacy.” 

Below is a statement released today from Senator Elliott’s family:

This week, while in Dallas, Senator Joyce Elliott experienced a stroke. After two days of treatment in Texas, Senator Elliott was transferred to Little Rock and is now receiving care where she can be close to home.  She underwent a successful surgery, but doctors have not made any determinations about her long-term prognosis. It is expected that she will begin a rehabilitation program as soon as she is able.  

Joyce Elliott, known as the state’s liberal lioness, is a life-long educator. She served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2001 to 2007 and in the Arkansas Senate from 2009 to 2023. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Get Loud Arkansas where she seeks to increase civic participation. She is a proud native of Willisville, Arkansas (Nevada County) and a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Ouachita Baptist University.