Governor Sanders’ Statement on the Passing of Former U.S. Senator David Pryor

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders released the following statement on the passing of former U.S. Congressman, Arkansas Governor, and U.S. Senator David Pryor:

“Bryan and I are mourning the death of a dedicated Congressman, Governor, and Senator, David Pryor. His career defied easy definition: a man with deep roots in Ouachita County who reached the heights of influence in Washington; a Solid South Democrat who stood strong against the Faubus machine; the architect of an Arkansas political dynasty who was just as comfortable in a Camden lumber yard as the Cambridge quad.

“David Pryor’s charisma and moderate politics made him a force at the ballot box for decades. While the Senator and I came up in different political parties, I, like all Arkansans deeply appreciated his diligent stewardship of Arkansas and our interests during his time in public life. And we can all thank him for his role in burying the divisive racial politics that infected Arkansas government before his tenure.

“I was honored that David joined me for my inaugural address and sat on the State House floor for my first address to the legislature. I remember meeting his son, Mark, when he served as Attorney General and I was elected Attorney General of Arkansas Girls State. He was kind and welcoming to me, and I know he learned that from his parents. David’s legacy lives on in Arkansas and U.S. government – and also through his wonderful family. On behalf of all Arkansans, Bryan and I share our deepest condolences with David’s wife Barbara, their son, former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, and the entire Pryor family.”

Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders is sworn in the Capitol building as she transitions into the Governorship on January 10th 2023. Mrs. Sanders was sworn in as the 47th Governor of Arkansas on January 10th, 2023. (Official Photo by Shealah Craighead for RPA)