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Darr was first elected [[Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|Lieutenant Governor]] in 2010, taking office in January 2011.<ref name="bio"/> He was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) Executive Committee as well as the NLGA's Policy Resolutions Committee. He was also chosen by NLGA to represent Arkansas at the 110th China Import and Export Fair.<ref name="bio"/>
 
Darr was first elected [[Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|Lieutenant Governor]] in 2010, taking office in January 2011.<ref name="bio"/> He was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) Executive Committee as well as the NLGA's Policy Resolutions Committee. He was also chosen by NLGA to represent Arkansas at the 110th China Import and Export Fair.<ref name="bio"/>
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After an investigation by the Ethic Commission in January, 2013, Darr acknowledged his 11 violations of state ethics and campaign laws since 2010. He then agreed to pay $1,000 in fines for each violation. Darr maintains that the violations were oversights and he did not profit off of them. Despite threats of impeachment, Darr, who says there is no public call for his resignation, refuses to leave the office. [[Governor of Arkansas]] [[Mike Beebe]] called for Darr to resign the day after his acknowledgement of the violations.
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"It would be an immediate fix to tuck tail and run but I would regret it for years to come," Darr said. "I am a normal citizen, who ran for office, who is trying to do my job to the best of my ability with integrity and character."<ref>[http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/96474/lt-gov-mark-darr-says-he-wont-resign ''Arkansas Business,'' Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Won't Resign, January 7, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==Elections==

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Mark Darr
Mark Darr.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Arkansas District 4
Date of primaryMay 20, 2014
General electionNovember 4, 2014
Current office
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 11, 2011
Term ends
January 13, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorBill Halter (D)
Compensation
Base salary$42,219
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$131,268
Term limits2 terms
Education
Bachelor'sOuachita Baptist University
Personal
Place of birthFort Smith, Arkansas
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Mark Darr (b. 1973 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. He was first elected to the position in 2010 and is serving in his first term.

He defeated Shane Broadway (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] He took office in January 2011.

Darr's first term expires in January 2015. He is eligible to seek re-election in 2014 but decided against seeking re-election. Darr considered a run for the U.S. House representing Arkansas's 4th Congressional District, but he also decided against running for Congress.[2][3][4][5][6]

Darr is facing the threat of impeachment if he does not step down. After an investigation by the ethics commission during the first week of January, 2014, probable cause was found that Darr spent $31,572.74 of his campaign funds for personal use. He also lacked adequate records, did not itemize loan repayments, accepted improper reimbursement for travel, and received excess contribution to retire his campaign debt. A different legislative audit completed in December, 2013, revealed over $12,000 in improper expenses incurred by the Lieutenant Governor's office.[7][8]

In his role as lieutenant governor, Darr serves as President of the Arkansas State Senate, though he may cast a vote only in the case of a tie.[9]

Prior to entering politics, Darr was a businessman and insurance agent.[10]

Biography

Darr is a licensed insurance agent and co-owner of The MAD Pizza Company located in Rogers, Arkansas. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ouachita Baptist University.[10]

Education

  • Ouachita Baptist University (B.A.)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2011-Present)

Darr was first elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010, taking office in January 2011.[1] He was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) Executive Committee as well as the NLGA's Policy Resolutions Committee. He was also chosen by NLGA to represent Arkansas at the 110th China Import and Export Fair.[1]

Ethics Violations

After an investigation by the Ethic Commission in January, 2013, Darr acknowledged his 11 violations of state ethics and campaign laws since 2010. He then agreed to pay $1,000 in fines for each violation. Darr maintains that the violations were oversights and he did not profit off of them. Despite threats of impeachment, Darr, who says there is no public call for his resignation, refuses to leave the office. Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe called for Darr to resign the day after his acknowledgement of the violations. "It would be an immediate fix to tuck tail and run but I would regret it for years to come," Darr said. "I am a normal citizen, who ran for office, who is trying to do my job to the best of my ability with integrity and character."[11]

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Darr was eligible for re-election but decided against it. He also considered a run in the 2014 election for the U.S. House, representing Arkansas's 4th District but will not seek the seat.[12][6][13]

2010

See also: Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010 and Lieutenant Governor elections, 2010

Darr defeated Shane Broadway (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[14]

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shane Broadway 48.9% 373,591
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Darr 51.1% 389,690
Total Votes 763,281
Election Results Via: Arkansas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Mark Darr is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Mark Darr raised a total of $131,268 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[15]

Mark Darr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Not up for election $23,894
2010 Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Won $107,374
Grand Total Raised $131,268

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mark Darr's donors each year.[16] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Darr and his wife, Kim, have two children, Madison and Cooper.[10]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Halter (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
2011 - present
Succeeded by
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