Arkansas State Representative Grant Hodges (R) is resigning from the House of Representatives, effective Friday, July 10.
Hodges submitted a letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson via hand-delivery on Friday informing him of the decision. According to the letter, Hodges is stepping down for a job opportunity. “While I look forward to this next chapter, I am forever grateful to my constituents for putting their trust in me to represent them. It has been an honor that I will always cherish,” Hodges wrote.
He will be leaving to join Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) as its executive director of community and government relations and marketing. In this role, which starts July 13, he will serve as a lobbyist for the school at the local, state and federal level and will oversee marketing and public relations efforts.
“I’m excited to begin my new role at NWACC, where I have the opportunity to build on the tremendous success of the institution. I hope to increase awareness of the college’s value to students and the community, and to ensure our elected officials and policymakers are informed and working together for the benefit of higher education and workforce development,” Hodges said in a statement. “I’m grateful and honored to have represented my constituents in the legislature. It’s a privilege that I’ll always remember and cherish. I thank Governor Asa Hutchinson for his leadership and commitment to making Arkansas a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
Hodges has served in the House of Representatives since 2015 and was on his third term. He represented District 96 and has served multiple committees, including the insurance and commerce committee (financial institutions subcommittee), joint committee on public retirement and Social Security programs, joint budget committee and education committee.
According to his official House of Representatives biography, he has served as political researcher and consultant and previously served as the director of economic development for the City of Lowell.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arkansas.
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