Commissioner of State Lands

State of Arkansas

John Thurston, Commissioner of State Lands

johnArkansas Commissioner of State Lands, John Thurston, was first elected as Land Commissioner in November of 2010, he is currently serving his second term in office. John is currently serving as the chairman of the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council. He is also the past 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 accountability.

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