Governor-elect Asa Hutchinson announced State Senator Michael Lamoureux, R-Russellville, as his Chief-of-Staff and Director of Transition.
Lamoureux served as a member of the State House in 2003, 2005, and as House Minority Leader in 2007. He currently serves as Pro Tem of the State Senate, a position he has held since 2013. He was first elected to the Senate in 2009.
“Michael is a trusted friend and is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable leaders on the operation of state government. I am grateful for his willingness to be part of my future administration. This is why I am pleased to announce he will serve as my chief-of-staff in the governor’s office and director of my transition team. Not only does Michael bring an ample amount of institutional knowledge of the state’s legislature, having served in both chambers in leadership positions, but he is well respected by his colleagues on both sides of the aisle,” Hutchinson said in a press release.
“I am honored by this opportunity and look forward to working in the Hutchinson Administration. I believe my time in the state legislature and my knowledge of both bodies have provided me with the tools and experience to help accomplish Asa’s plan as the next Governor of Arkansas,” said Lamoureux.
Lamoureux’s appointment will mean his resignation as a State Senator, which could cost Private Option supporters another sure vote in the Arkansas State Senate.
A special election will have to be held to fill the vacancy created by his departure.