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Mark Darr

Mark Darr
15th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 11, 2011 – February 1, 2014
Governor Mike Beebe
Preceded by Bill Halter
Succeeded by Tim Griffin
Personal details
Born (1973-07-03) July 3, 1973
Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kim Darr
Children 2
Alma mater Ouachita Baptist University
Religion Southern Baptist

Mark A. Darr (born July 3, 1973) is the former 15th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. A member of the Republican Party, he 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]

Under sanction for ethics violations involving illegal use of campaign funds, Darr resigned as Lieutenant Governor on February 1, 2014.[2]

Contents

  • Early life and career 1
  • Political career 2
    • Scandal and resignation 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and career

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

Political career

Darr was elected Lieutenant Governor on November 2, 2010, the youngest Republican to date to win a statewide race in Arkansas.[3] Prior to the election, he had never run for public office. On November 2, 2010, in the closest constitutional race, Darr defeated Shane Broadway.

On August 12, 2013, Darr announced his candidacy for Arkansas's 4th congressional district.[4] He ended his candidacy after questions were raised about campaign expenditures during his 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor.[5] On August 29, 2013, Darr ended his campaign for Congress.[6]

Scandal and resignation

In late November 2013, questions of ethics violations arose after Darr reportedly filed incorrect and misleading campaign financial statements.[7] Darr maintained his innocence but state Democrats and fellow Republicans threatened impeachment proceedings if Darr did not step down. An ethics commission accused Darr of breaking Arkansas Code 11 times and of using approximately $31,572.74 from his campaign funds for personal expenses. On December 30, 2013, he signed a letter stating he would pay the state's $11,000 Ethics Commission fine but maintained his mistakes were unintentional. Darr announced on January 10, 2014 that he would resign from his office effective February 1, 2014.[8]

Darr failed to officially notify Governor Mike Beebe (a Democrat) that he was resigning. Beebe is the only Constitutional Officer able to declare the office vacant but did forward copies to Republican elected state officials. He has not yet paid the $11,000 Ethics Commission fine but according to the Baxter Bulletin, local officials have said he will "pay soon".[9]

Personal life

Darr and his wife Kim have two children. Darr is a licensed insurance agent and also co-owns two restaurants in Rogers, Arkansas. Kim Darr is an elementary school music teacher at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, where they reside. They are members of megachurch (Southern Baptist) Cross Church[10] (formerly known as First Baptist Church of Springdale) in Springdale and are active in the choir.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "It was a bad week for Mark Darr again", arktimes.com; accessed September 26, 2014.
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  9. ^ "Darr will soon pay fine", baxterbulletin.com, August 26, 2014; accessed September 26, 2014.
  10. ^ Cross Church website; accessed September 26, 2014.

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Halter
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Tim Griffin
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