Tippi McCullough

Arkansas House of Representatives, District 33

With no opposition in November, Tippi is poised to become the only openly LGBTQ member of the Arkansas legislature


Tippi McCullough is an Arkansas teacher. When fired in 2013 after marrying her partner, she spurred into action.

She was quickly hired to teach at Little Rock Central High School. After traveling, speaking for the Human Rights Campaign, she became President of the Stonewall Democrats and active on many Democratic committees. She was elected delegate to the Philadelphia DNC 2016, and then elected Chair of Pulaski County Democrats 2017.

The Arkansas ACLU awarded Tippi and her spouse Barbara the 2014 Champions of Liberty Award, and she was awarded the 2017 Honorary Young Democrats of Arkansas Lifetime Member Award. Tippi wrote for Equality Magazine and performed on NPR’s Tales From the South LGBT Edition. She was an AR Times person of the year 2013 and was the LGBT speaker at the Little Rock Women’s March 2017.

Tippi is active in her neighborhood, church, and school. She is Vice President of her neighborhood association, chairs HarvestFest, and is Co-Chair of Pridecorps. She is also an active member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Staff Parish Relations Committee. Tippi sponsors the Central HS Young Dems, the Feminist Alliance, and the Gay/Straight Alliance. She serves as a LREA Building Rep and was appointed to the AEA Legislative Council and the NEA Women’s Issues Committee.

When coaching, Tippi was the first female president of the Arkansas Activities Association. She and her wife, prosecutor Barbara Mariani, have lived in District 33 for 18 years. She seeks to add a progressive, LGBT, and woman’s voice to the Arkansas State Legislature.

Importance of Candidacy:

  • Tippi will be the only openly LGBTQ woman in the Arkansas State Legislature
  • Tippi is a proven advocate for the LGBTQ equality

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