John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands
Arkansas Commissioner of
State Lands, John Thurston, is the first Republican to be elected as Land
Commissioner since the post became elective in 1874. He is currently serving his
first term in office after being elected in November of 2010. In 2013 John was
elected to serve as the vice president of the Western States Land Commissioners
Association. John was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and was raised in Saline
County, attending and graduating from Sheridan High School in 1991. He attended
Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (Clark County) before
graduating from Agape College in Little Rock with a diploma in Biblical Studies.
John was a licensed minister and was a Certified Religious Assistant in the
Arkansas state prison system. John served 13 years on the staff of the Agape
Church in West Little Rock, where he also attends services, prior to his tenure
as land commissioner.
John now resides in Little Rock, Arkansas (Pulaski County) with his wife
Joanna and their five children. He is also an avid outdoorsman.
John’s vision for the future is that the Commissioner of State Lands Office
along with Arkansas government will lead the nation in the area of ethics and