My name is Greg Payne, I’m an attorney from Bentonville, a lifelong Republican and I’d like to represent you in the Arkansas legislature. I have three children, Riley, Laken and Seagan and a six-month old golden retriever named Dutch. I can’t imagine a more enchanting, friendly, stimulating and dynamic area of the country to raise my three (sorry, four) wonderful children.
I grew up in Joplin, Missouri, attended law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and have practiced law for 23-years, the last six of which have been with the Story Law Firm in Fayetteville.
Prior to attending law school, I worked 17 years in the private sector. 5 years as a Walmart Associate doing everything from unloading trucks, stocking shelves and working the checkout. I spent another twelve years in a private, manufacturing facility, building cables for large commercial construction equipment and military applications. So, I had a life as a “real person” before becoming an attorney.
In my first job after law school, I spent 3 ½ years as an assistant state prosecutor, and since that time I’ve practiced in various areas of law, general civil and criminal practice, as well as being involved in the defense of constitutional rights and fundamental freedoms recognized under the U.S. and Arkansas Constitutions.
It is that last job in which I take the most pride and look forward to being engaged in each and every day I head to the office. And each and every day I advocate for clients on an individual basis to ensure that they are not victimized by powers beyond their control. It is my desire now to take the experiences I’ve gained from the stockrooms, the conference rooms and the courtrooms to the marble halls of the Arkansas legislature in the hope that we can realize the dream that good government truly comes from the consent of the governed.
Arkansas is one of the reddest of red states, but that does not mean our current Republican
legislature always follows our founding principles of smaller government, less regulation and lower taxes. And I can’t promise that one person can significantly drain the swamp in Little Rock. But I can assure you open and honest communication, accountability and hard work. We are all in this together, and our guaranteed freedoms to which we all as Americans and Arkansans are entitled demands the eternal vigilance that has become and will continue to be my life’s work. That, I can promise.