Two Bowen grads, Rep. Davy Carter, ’05, and Sen. Michael Lamoureux, ’99, are now leading the state’s 89th General Assembly.
Carter, of Cabot, has become the first Republican Speaker of the House since Reconstruction. He also serves on the Revenue and Taxation and Insurance and Commerce committees. Carter represents District 48, which encompasses part of Lonoke County.
In addition to being an attorney, Carter is also a banker and announced last week he was resigning from his position at Centennial Bank to focus on his legislative duties. He had been the executive vice president/general counsel/chief lending officer since 2009.
Russellville native Lamoureux is the Senate President Pro Tempore. It is the first time in 138 years for a Republican to hold the position. Lamoureux will hold the position throughout 2013 and 2014, representing the Senate to the public, media, governor’s office and executive branch, and the House of Representatives.
Lamoureux represents District 16, which includes all of Newton and Pope counties and parts of Boone, Carroll, and Van Buren counties. He was elected to the Senate by special election in December 2009. Before his election to the Senate, he served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2003 to 2008.
In 2013 and 2014, Lamoureux will be a member of the Insurance and Commerce, Revenue and Taxation, Efficiency, Legislative Facilities, Joint Budget, Legislative Council, and Legislative Joint Auditing committees.