ASEA believes that state employees are the most important of state government’s resources. ASEA encourages high-quality work performance and professionalism by all state employees.
ASEA is governed by a 26-member appointed board made up of active and retired state employees. This board represents all of the regions of Arkansas, and various agencies.
ASEA famously came from humble beginnings; our first "office" was the trunk of L.D. Owen's Plymouth, our original Executive Director. The genesis of the association was in 1967, when a group of employees began to have meetings to discuss concerns about the state retirement system; meetings which would lead, in the following year, to the creation of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement Association, or APEA. Soon after, the new association resolved to expand its concerns beyond retirement, and in 1970 became the Arkansas Public Employees Association. By the end of the decade, the association would refine its focus to specifically state employees' interests, and delegates at APEA's 1979 convention would vote to change the name to what we know now - the Arkansas State Employees Association, or ASEA. Other noteworthy milestones in the associations' over 40-year lifespan have included the creation of the VanPool commuter program in 1979, the institution of the State Employees Benefit Corporation (SEBCO) in 1986 to provide optional benefits to members, and the purchase in 1987 of the 7th Street office building in downtown Little Rock that houses the ASEA/SEBCO staff to this day.