Cliff Hoofman, an attorney and cattle farmer, is a native of Judsonia and a graduate of the State College of Arkansas, currently the University of Central Arkansas. He received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas.
Hoofman served in the House of Representatives for eight years before serving in the State Senate for 20 years. While in the Senate, he served as floor leader for Governor Bill Clinton from 1983 to 1986. He was Chairman of the Budget Committee and he served as Senate Chairman of the Legislative Council from 1997 through 2000. After his tenure in the legislature, Hoofman served four years in the Attorney General’s office as an Assistant Attorney General and Director of Legislative Affairs. Prior to his service at the Capitol, Hoofman served two years as City Attorney for the City of North Little Rock. Hoofman was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Arkansas State Highway Commission on January 18, 2007. In January of 2011 Governor Beebe appointed him to the Arkansas Court of Appeals for a term of two years. He has now been appointed for a two year term to the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Among numerous other distinctions, Hoofman received the Distinguished Service Award in 1975 from the Arkansas Municipal League. He is a Lifetime Board Member for Big Brothers/Big Sisters in Pulaski County and was inducted into Maumelle’s “Honorary Navy” for his contributions to the City of Maumelle. In 1993, he was appointed by President Clinton to the National Surface Transportation Research Council, and from 1993 through 1996 he served on the Commission for Arkansas’ Future. Hoofman has a daughter, Ragan who is married to Chuck Milner and they have two sons. He and his wife, Debbie, reside in Faulkner County.