Arkansas state senator Mathew Pitsch (R-Fort Smith) will be running to become the next Arkansas Treasurer in the 2022 election.
In a Monday morning press conference at the Arkansas State Capitol, Pitsch declared his intent to run for the office. Currently, the office is held by Dennis Milligan, who was elected to office in 2014 and reelected in 2018.
Pitsch serves as a state senator representing District 8. He was appointed Senate Majority Whip in 2020. Pitsch is the vice chair for the Senate’s Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee, and he sits on the ALC-JBC Special Language committee, the Insurance and Commerce committee, the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, and the Senate Efficiency committee.
Elected to the Senate in 2018, he previously served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2018.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish in the Senate and the House of Representatives during my time in office,” Pitsch said in a statement. “Arkansas is fortunate to have a strong financial strategy and outlook and it’s crucial we maintain our economic footing. Keeping Arkansas financially strong for its citizens is paramount.”
According to a campaign release, Pitsch aims to focus on managing the state’s $4.5 billion investment portfolio, the state’s college savings plan, and state employee pensions. He also pledged to promote economic development, transportation infrastructure and “pro-growth economic policies” in Arkansas.
The Wyoming native obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering management from the University of Missouri in Rolla. He has served as the executive director of the Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority, dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, vice president of economic development for the Greater Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of the board for the Arkansas-Oklahoma Regional Education and Promotion Association.