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Alumnus & House Speaker Designate to Speak on State Issues and Service

Darrin Williams

CONWAY, Ark. (August 30, 2012) - Rep. Darrin Williams '90 of Little Rock will discuss critical issues facing the next General Assembly on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 4:15 p.m. in the Mills Library. William's appearance is sponsored by the College's Project Pericles' series Hendrix Alumni Doing Democracy (HADD).

When the 89th Arkansas General Assembly convenes in January 2013, Rep. Williams is slated to serve as Speaker of the House, making him the highest ranking African American to serve in an elected position in Arkansas.

Williams is serving in his second term in the Arkansas General Assembly, representing District 36, which includes portions of central and southern Pulaski County. He serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Governing Magazine, a national publication on government policy and politics, recently named Williams one of the 12 State Legislators to Watch for 2012. 

During his campus visit, Williams will share his journey from Hendrix to House Speaker Designate and his experiences in public service.

After graduating from Hendrix, Williams received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, Tenn. and his master's of law degree from Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. He is a partner at Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman law firm and actively involved with several community and civic organizations, including serving on the Board of Directors for Southern Bancorp, CARTI Foundation and Our House, Inc.  

He has also been recognized as "Legislator of the Year" by the Little Rock Landlord's Association, the Arkansas Realtors Association, and the Arkansas Police Chiefs Association. Several other organizations including the Arkansas Municipal League, AARP, the Arkansas Asset Coalition and the Arkansans against Abusive Payday Lending have honored Williams for his legislative work. 

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