Sen. Jimmy Hickey elected Arkansas Senate president pro tempore

Sen. Hickey succeeds Sen. Hendren

By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The state Senate on Thursday elected Sen. Jimmy Hickey, R-Texarkana, over Sen. Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, to be the Senate president pro tempore from 2021-2023.

Hester, who is the Senate Republican leader, said he was surprised by the Senate’s decision. The vote was in a secret ballot.

Hickey will succeed Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, who has been the Senate president pro tempore since 2019. Hendren is a nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hickey has been a critic at times of the Republican governor. READ MORE.

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