Rep. Monte Hodges (D-Blytheville) has been elected to serve as the new president of the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus (ALBC) for 2021-2022. A new slate of officers was elected on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Hodges succeeds outgoing president Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock).
Now in his fifth term, Hodges represents District 55, which encompasses parts of Crittenden and Mississippi Counties. He currently sits on four committees: the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Committee on Energy, the House Insurance and Commerce Committee, and the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.
Sen. Linda Chesterfield (D-Little Rock) has been named as the vice president of the Legislative Black Caucus. Chesterfield is in her fifth-term in the Arkansas Senate, having previously served three terms in the House.
Rep. Jay Richardson (D-Fort Smith) and Rep. Jamie Scott (D-North Little Rock) have also been named as ABLC officers, serving as secretary and treasurer, respectively.
There are 11 other members of the Arkansas Black Legislative Caucus. These include Rep. Fred Allen (D-Little Rock), Sen. Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock), Rep. Denise Ennett (D-Little Rock), Rep. Ken Ferguson (D-Pine Bluff), Rep. David Fielding (D-Magnolia), Sen. Stephanie Flowers (D-Pine Bluff), Rep. Vivian Flowers (D-Pine Bluff), Rep. Fred Love (D-Little Rock), Rep. Reginald Murdock (D-Murdock), Rep. Milton Nicks (D-Marion) and Rep. Joy Springer (D-Little Rock).