Mark Darr

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Mark Darr
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Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Incumbent Outgoing
In office
January 11, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 13, 2015 (Resigning February 1, 2014)
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 outgoing Republican Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. He was first elected to the position in 2010. He defeated Shane Broadway (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010 and took office on January 11, 2011, for a four year term expiring January 13, 2015.[1] 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.[2]

Darr will leave office on February 1, 2014, without completing his first term, having announced his resignation on January 10, 2014.[3][4]

Darr was eligible to seek re-election as lieutenant governor but decided against it mid-way through his first term. Instead, he declared his candidacy for an open seat in the U.S. House, representing 4th District in 2014.[5][6][7][8][9][10] The much-hyped congressional bid proved short-lasting, however, with Darr entering the race August 12, 2013, and, two weeks later, shutting down his campaign amid accusations of misconduct.[3][11]

Darr's early resignation from the lieutenant governor's office in January 2014 came on the heels of an ethics commission investigation which found probable cause 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 Darr's office.[12][13] Initially rejecting other state officials' calls for him to step down, Darr folded upon threats of impeachment proceedings by state legislators. Soon after settling with the ethics commission for $11,000, Darr submitted his resignation "to the people of Arkansas, not an elected official," effective February 1, 2014.[14][3][4]

Prior to entering politics, Darr was a pizza shop owner and insurance agent.[15]

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.[15]

Education

  • Ouachita Baptist University (B.A.)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor (2011-Present)

Darr was first elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010. He took office in January 2011 and resigned in January 2014 before completing his first term. After settling with the state ethics commission for misuse of campaign funds, Darr was under pressure by officials such as Gov. Mike Beebe who were calling for his resignation, as well as under the threat of impeachment. To avoid the latter, Darr announced on January 10, 2014, that he was stepping down as lieutenant governor, effective February 1, 2014.[3][1]

National Association leadership

Darr 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]

Controversies

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 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.[12][13] Darr maintains that the violations were oversights and he did not profit off of them. Despite threats of impeachment, Darr, who said there was no public call for his resignation, initially refused to leave 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."[16]

Rather than submit himself to the impeachment proceedings being threatened by state legislators if he did not step down, Darr announced his resignation on January 10, 2014.

Elections

2014

See also: Arkansas lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014 and 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 to represent Arkansas's 4th District but will not seek the seat.[17][11][18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

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.[21] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Darr and his wife, Kim, have two children, Madison and Cooper.[15]

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas "Mark's Bio" Accessed September 19, 2012
  2. Arkansas Constitution, "Amendment 6," accessed July 6, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Arkansas: Lieutenant Governor Quitting Under Pressure," January 10, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  5. Arkansas Matters, "Mark Darr Announces Run for U.S. Congress," August 12, 2013
  6. 5NewsOnline, "Lt. Governor Endorses Hutchinson in 2014," February 12, 2013
  7. Arkansasonline, "Darr won’t run for governor in ’14, backs Hutchinson," February 12, 2013
  8. Talk Business, "McDaniel Releases Internal Poll: Winning Primary, Trouble in General," December 13, 2012
  9. KFSM 5newsonlines.com, "Mark Darr Eyeing Congressional Race," May 13, 2013
  10. Roll Call, "Second Republican Enters Race to Replace Cotton | #AR04," August 13, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Talk Business, "Darr Canceling Congressional Bid, Goes On Record About Exit (UPDATED)," August 29, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Daily Journal, Arkansas lawmakers grapple with unanswered question on Darr impeachment process, January 8, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 Kansas City Star, Plenty of unknowns in how to impeach Ark. lt. gov., January 8, 2014
  14. Arkansas Times, "Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign Feb. 1, cites politics, family," January 10, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Project Vote Smart, "Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr's Biography," accessed June 25, 2013
  16. Arkansas Business, Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Won't Resign, January 7, 2014
  17. Arkansas Matters, "Mark Darr Announces Run for U.S. Congress," August 12, 2013
  18. 5NewsOnline, "Lt. Governor Endorses Hutchinson in 2014," February 12, 2013
  19. Arkansas Secretary of State, "2010 General Election & Non Partisan Judicial Runoff Election," accessed March 27, 2013
  20. Follow the Money, "Career Fundraising for Mark Darr," accessed June 25, 2013
  21. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Halter (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
2011 - 2014
Succeeded by
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