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story.lead_photo.caption Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, names former Arkansas House Speaker Robert S. Moore Jr. to the Arkansas Highway Commission. - Photo by Gavin Lesnick

— Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday named former Arkansas House Speaker Robert S. Moore Jr. to the Arkansas Highway Commission

Moore, a Democrat from Arkansas City, will replace commission Chairman R. Madison Murphy, whose 10-year term on the panel is expiring.

Moore's appointment expires Jan. 14, 2023.

Moore named to Highway Commission

Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday appointed former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives Robert S. Moore Jr. to the Highway Commission. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Moore was introduced as the newest highway commissioner at a news conference Thursday with Beebe.

Moore said his philosophy is bringing good roads to rural areas and more roads to congested areas.

"Everybody should have reasonable access to having good, safe roads to travel on," he said.

In a statement released concurrently with the news conference, Beebe praised Moore as the right man for the job.

"As Speaker of the House of Representatives, Robert was an outspoken and successful advocate for improving Arkansas highways and our State as a whole," Beebe said in a statement. "He will continue that work on the Commission while providing a strong voice to represent South Arkansas."

Moore previously was named as chairman of the Arkansas Transportation Commission in 1977. He also served on the staff of then-Gov. Bill Clinton and two decades as director at Alcoholic Beverage Control.

The governor made the appointment as an idea is being floated in the Legislature to use state general revenue for highway funding, even though Arkansas voters last year approved a 10-year funding package worth $1.8 billion.

Moore, 68, grew up in southeast Arkansas and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University.

Information for this article was contributed by The Associated Press.

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  • Jackabbott
    January 17, 2013 at 12:57 p.m.

    Three items that need to be looked at soon: development and funding for rail or light rail in Arkansas, the north corridor in Pulaski County, and expansion of 1-40 between LR/NLR and Memphis or re-build US 70.