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Arkansas state Sen. Lance Eads resigns to become consultant

Arkansas state Sen. Lance Eads announced Thursday he was resigning to take a position in the private sector.
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Arkansas state Sen. Lance Eads announced Thursday he was resigning to take a position in the private sector.

Arkansas state Sen. Lance Eads, R-Springdale, is resigning his seat to become a consultant for a Little-Rock based group. He had won reelection last year.

In a release provided Thursday to Talk Business & Politics, Eads said:

“It has been my great honor to serve my district and the state of Arkansas in the legislature. The opportunity I have had to work alongside my colleagues toward a better Arkansas has created memories for a lifetime. I am truly blessed and grateful for the support of my family, friends, and constituents who helped me on this journey," Eads said.

“A private sector opportunity has developed for me, one that will allow me to continue to serve the public good. I leave behind many at the State Capitol who give their time and energy to make Arkansas a better place – I wish each of them the very best.”

Eads joins Capitol Consulting Firm as a senior consultant, according to a release from the firm. His primary focus will be client relations, federal lobbying, and political consulting.

“Capitol Consulting Firm is very excited to welcome former Senator Lance Eads. We pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our relationships. Senator Eads is extremely well thought of by his former colleagues and will benefit our clients greatly with his knowledge of the legislative process,” said Rett Hatcher, founder of CCF.

Capitol Consulting is a full-service government affairs and political consulting firm. CCF staff currently includes Hatcher, a former aide to Gov. Asa Hutchinson, and former state Rep. Ann Clemmer.

“I’m excited to join the team at CCF. They’ve proven their ability to be effective at the Capitol and I look forward to helping grow the practice and serving our great clients,” Eads said.

His resignation is immediate and will require a special election to fill his position.

Eads represented District 7, which includes Springdale, Johnson, Goshen and Elkins in eastern Washington County. He served two years in the House of Representatives before his election to the Senate in 2016.

Before being elected to the legislature, he served as a Justice of the Peace in Washington County and worked for the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission.

Eads is a vice president for the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.

Roby Brock is the Editor-in-Chief and Host of Talk Business & Politics.