John Vines


Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines

Hot Springs

Age: 37

John Vines

Growing up on a family farm in eastern Arkansas gave John Vines an appreciation of the merits of being a small-business owner.
“I saw what Dad had to do growing up, not just the sheer labor of it, but the marketing, the selling and business end of it that gets lost in the shuffle,” Vines said. “Those guys are all businessmen out there.”
Vines earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1996. He then decided to stay in Fayetteville for three more years and earn a Juris Doctorate.
In 1999, Vines moved to Hot Springs and joined Wood Smith Schnipper Clay & Vines, where he is now a partner.
Last year, Vines was elected state representative for District 25. In the 88th General Assembly, Vines served on the Judiciary, State Agencies & Governmental Affairs, and House Rules committees.
From 2002 to 2008, Vines was on the board of the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce; he was chairman of the chamber in 2007. Vines also serves on the boards of the Arkansas Bar Association, the Hot Springs Boys & Girls Club, the Oaklawn Foundation and the National Park Community College Foundation, which he chaired from 2007 to 2010.
Vines has also been active with the Hot Springs National Park Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity Garland County and Leadership Hot Springs. From 2006 to 2009, he served as a small claims magistrate for Hot Springs District