One of the most important committees at the Arkansas General Assembly is the Joint Budget Committee. It is chaired by a senator and a representative. In 2011 and 2012, as a state representative, Kathy Webb became the first woman to chair the committee. Considering that the first woman to be sworn in to the Arkansas General Assembly (Erle Chambers) was from Little Rock, and the first woman to chair a standing committee of the General Assembly (Myra Jones) was from Little Rock, it is fitting that the first woman to chair Joint Budget was also from Little Rock.
While women had been chairing committees for two decades, no female had ever led this committee. During her tenure, Rep. Webb received praise from people in both houses and both parties for her leadership. She served in the Arkansas General Assembly from 2007 until 2012. During that time, she was also named the most effective legislator by Talk Business.
Now, she is Vice Mayor of Little Rock. Vice Mayor Webb is in her first term representing Ward 3 of Little Rock. She will be vice mayor until December 2018. Vice-Mayor Webb grew up in Arkansas and graduated from Little Rock Hall High. She earned a degree from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and attended graduate school at the University of Central Arkansas. She has also participated in the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.