Bill Gwatney (August 26, 1959 – August 13, 2008) was an American politician. He served as the State Chair of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. Prior to being State Chair, he was a State Senator for ten years. He had also been the financial chair for Mike Beebe's run for Governor of Arkansas in 2006. He owned three car dealerships in Pulaski County. Gwatney was selected as a superdelegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, but died before the convention. He was replaced by his widow Rebecca Rankin.
On August 13, 2008, Gwatney was killed by Timothy Dale Johnson, who entered Democratic Party headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas and shot Gwatney three times. Gwatney was taken to a hospital, but died later that day.
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- "Bill Gwatney, Ark. Dem. chairman, shot dead at 48". The Associated Press. August 13, 2008. Archived from the original on 18 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- AP story Archived August 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- The Cabin article
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