Senator Jane English, a champion for workforce training reform, went to work for what was then the Department of Economic Development in 1984, staying there 15 years recruiting industry to Arkansas. During her time at the department, Senator English became involved with the closure and realignment of military bases, a result of the end of the Cold War, on the national level.
She later went on to become director of the Fort Chaffee Public Trust, another outgrowth of the federal effort to downsize the military, and later worked as director of the Arkansas Manufacturers Association. But in 2001, the association disbanded, citing the recession and the continued decline in manufacturing in the U.S., and then-Gov. Mike Huckabee invited Senator English to join his cabinet as director of the state Workforce Investment Board, where she served a little more than two years.
In 2008, she was elected to the Arkansas House, serving District 42 for two terms. She went on to be elected to the state Senate, representing District 34.
Nationally, Senator English works with legislators as a member of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). With NCSL, she has served on the Labor & Economic Development Standing Committee and the Task Force on Redistricting and Elections. Senator English has served on the Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force with ALEC.
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Senator English graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville with a bachelor’s degree in Economics/Finance.