Sen. Lance Eads, R-Springdale, is resigning his State Senate seat for a new employment opportunity with Capitol Consulting Firm, a Little-Rock based group.
In a release provided to Talk Business & Politics, Eads said:
“Today, I announce my resignation from the Arkansas State Senate. It has been my great honor to serve my district and the state of Arkansas in the legislature. The opportunity I have had to work alongside my colleagues toward a better Arkansas has created memories for a lifetime. I am truly blessed and grateful for the support of my family, friends, and constituents who helped me on this journey. The work, as well as the friendships made along the way, will always be treasured.
“A private sector opportunity has developed for me, one that will allow me to continue to serve the public good. I leave behind many at the State Capitol who give their time and energy to make Arkansas a better place – I wish each of them the very best.”
Eads joins Capitol Consulting Firm as a senior consultant, according to a release from the firm. The company said his primary focus will be client relations, federal lobbying, and political consulting.
“Capitol Consulting Firm is very excited to welcome former Senator Lance Eads. We pride ourselves on the breadth and depth of our relationships. Senator Eads is extremely well thought of by his former colleagues and will benefit our clients greatly with his knowledge of the legislative process,” said Rett Hatcher, founder of CCF.
Capitol Consulting Firm is a full-service government affairs and political consulting firm. CCF currently includes Hatcher, a former aide to Governor Asa Hutchinson, and Ann Clemmer, a former State Representative.
“I’m excited to join the team at CCF. They’ve proven their ability to be effective at the Capitol and I look forward to helping grow the practice and serving our great clients,” said Eads.
Eads’ resignation is immediate and will require a special election to replace.
Eads represents District 7, which includes Springdale, Johnson, Goshen and Elkins in eastern Washington County. He served in the House of Representatives for two years before his election to the Senate in 2016.
Before being elected to the legislature, he served as a Justice of the Peace in Washington County and worked for the Springdale Advertising and Promotion Commission.
Eads is a vice president for the Springdale Chamber of Commerce.