Dennis Milligan is launching a bid to become the next State Auditor in the 2022 election.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, Milligan kickstarted his campaign with an announcement at the State Capitol. He is running to replace current State Auditor Andrea Lea, whose term expires Jan. 10, 2023.
Currently, Milligan serves as the Arkansas State Treasurer. He was first elected to the role in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. He is serving as the national chair for the State Financial Officers Foundation in 2020-21.
The State Auditor is one of seven constitutional officers in Arkansas state government. This officer serves as the general accountant for the state of Arkansas and is charged, along with the State Treasurer, with overseeing the state’s finances.
According to the State Auditor’s website, the auditor is the payroll officer for the executive legislative and judicial branches for the state government. The auditor is also the administrator for the Unclaimed Property program in Arkansas.
Lea will be term-limited out of office, having served in the role since 2015.
“Auditor Lea has done a tremendous job during her time in office,” Milligan said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing her vision of modernizing the office with the latest technology and finding efficiencies where possible to build upon the important work she has achieved.”
Already, one state lawmaker has announced plans to make a bid for Milligan’s current job. In early February, state Sen. Mathew Pitsch (R-Fort Smith) announced plans to run for the State Treasurer position.