Arkansas State Senator Joyce Elliott represents Senate District 31, which is comprised of a portion of Pulaski County. She is chair of Legislative Joint Auditing-Educational Institutions and vice chair of both Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC) Policy Making and Joint Public Retirement and Social Security Programs. Currently, in the 90th General Assembly, she serves on numerous committees.
A native Arkansan, Elliott was born in Willisville, where she graduated from high school. She earned an undergraduate degree in English and speech from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia in 1973 and a graduate degree in English from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia in 1981.
For 30 years Elliott taught high school juniors and seniors Advanced Placement and standard courses. In addition to Arkansas, Elliott taught in Florida, Minnesota, and Texas. In June 2004 Elliott left the classroom and began working for the College Board, focusing on expanding access to AP classes for students currently underrepresented: African-American, Latino, rural and low-income students.
A retired educator, she is a member of Mosaic Church and enjoys reading, whitewater rafting, canoeing, traveling, walking/hiking, working out at the gym, listening to various types of music, dancing, and seeking an overall balanced life. Senator Elliott has one son, Elliott Barnes of Little Rock.