Northwest Arkansas state senator resigns to take new job

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A special election will be called to fill the term of Republican state Sen. Lance Eads, who resigned from his position Thursday to take a job in the private sector.

Eads, who won re-election last year to a four-year term, represented a district in northwest Arkansas that includes Springdale and parts of eastern Washington County.

He said he was resigning to take a consultant job with the Little Rock-based lobbying firm Capitol Consulting Firm. The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Eads will remain a resident of northwest Arkansas.

Eads served two years in the House of Representatives before first winning election to the Senate in 2016,

Gov. Asa Hutchinson must call a special election to fill the vacancy in the Senate.

“Sen. Lance Eads has served his community well,” Hutchinson said Thursday. “He has been a good partner in the successes we have achieved in Arkansas from economic development to lowering taxes.”