Mark Darr

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Mark Darr
15th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
GovernorMike Beebe
Preceded byBill Halter
Personal details
Born(1973-07-03) July 3, 1973 (age 40)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kim Darr
ChildrenMadison
Cooper
Alma materOuachita Baptist University
ReligionSouthern Baptist
 
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Mark Darr
15th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 11, 2011
GovernorMike Beebe
Preceded byBill Halter
Personal details
Born(1973-07-03) July 3, 1973 (age 40)
Fort Smith, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kim Darr
ChildrenMadison
Cooper
Alma materOuachita Baptist University
ReligionSouthern Baptist

Mark A. Darr (born July 3, 1973) is the 15th and current Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, Darr was elected to succeed Democrat Bill Halter in 2010, having defeated Democratic challenger State Senator and former House Speaker Shane Broadway by a margin of 51 to 49 percent.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Darr was born in 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is a graduate of Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Arkansas, and Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Political career[edit]

Darr was elected Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010. He is the youngest person to win a statewide race as a Republican in Arkansas.[2] Prior to the election, he had never run for public office. On November 2, 2010, in the closest constitutional race, Darr defeated state senator (and former Arkansas House Speaker) Shane Broadway. Darr campaigned on the notion that he could as lieutenant governor file suit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would have been the prerogative of the attorney general, Democrat Dustin McDaniel.

On August 12, 2013, Darr announced his candidacy for Arkansas's 4th congressional district.[3] His candidacy was short-lived, however, as political blog Blue Hog Report published a series of posts beginning on August 20, 2013, questioning campaign expenditures from Darr's 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor.[4] On August 29, 2013, Darr ended his campaign for Congress.[5]

Darr has yet to indicate if he will run for a second term as lieutenant governor in the Republican primary in May 2014. Two Republican members of the Arkansas House, Charlie Collins of Washington County and Andy Mayberry of Saline County have announced their candidacies for the position.[6]

Family life[edit]

Darr and his wife Kim have two children, Madison and Cooper. Darr is a licensed insurance agent and also co-owns two restaurants in Rogers, Arkansas. Kim is a elementary school music teacher at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, where they reside. They are members of megachurch Cross Church (formerly known as First Baptist Church of Springdale) in Springdale and are active in the choir.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "For incoming No. 2, politics new territory GOP’s Darr eager to start state work". Arkansas Online. November 14, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Darr". Arkansas Lieutenant Governors Office. 
  3. ^ "Mark Darr announces for 4th District Congress". Arkansas Times. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mark Darr Has A Problem With His CC&E Reports". Blue Hog Report. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Darr Canceling Congressional Bid". Talk Business. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Mayberry announces bid for lieutenant governor, August 23, 2013". arkansasonline.com. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Halter
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
2011–present
Incumbent