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story.lead_photo.caption Arkansas House Speaker Rep. Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, speaks at a meeting of the Political Animals Club in Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia is resigning from the state House of Representatives, effective June 15, to start work as the University of Central Arkansas’ director of governmental affairs and external relations.

Gillam will be paid an annual salary of $130,000 a year at the University of Central Affairs, the Conway-based school said.

He has served in the House of Representatives since 2011 and as House speaker since 2015. He said he and his brother recently sold their berry farm.

Gillam said the House will caucus on June 15 to determine his successor and he hopes the House promotes House Speaker-designate Matthew Shepherd, R-El Dorado, to the House speaker position.

“It is bittersweet to leave, but I am excited about the new opportunity,” he said.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • RBear
    June 6, 2018 at 11:11 a.m.

    From legislator to lobbyist for a state supported school. Hmm. Washington has rules regarding this, but most states do not have any rules to govern the "revolvers."

  • OldGuard
    June 6, 2018 at 1:05 p.m.

    Not to mention semi-automatics.

  • hurricane46
    June 6, 2018 at 1:11 p.m.

    Now if we can just get RAPErt to resign to take a position with the sanitation dept.

  • RBBrittain
    June 6, 2018 at 2 p.m.

    Here's the rule, RBear, and it looks like Gillam taking the UCA job at this time is illegal. Arkansas Constitution, Article 5, Section 10 says: "No Senator or Representative shall, during the term for which he shall have been elected, be appointed or elected to any civil office under this State." That has traditionally been interpreted as banning legislators from holding most Arkansas government jobs "during the term for which he shall have been elected"; resignation does NOT remove this disability. He can't take ANY state or local government job, except possibly a school district job (there seems to be an exception for that elsewhere in the Constitution), until his term ends in January.

  • IMHO
    June 6, 2018 at 2:35 p.m.

    Does that apply to state-assisted universities run by boatds of trustees? I doubt it.

  • GeneralMac
    June 6, 2018 at 2:59 p.m.

    RBBrittan.............I doubt the UCA job is considered a "government job"

    Do you think he never checked ramifications of taking it and needed some peon posting at the Arkansas Democrat Gazette to inform him it was illegal ?

  • JMort69
    June 6, 2018 at 4:20 p.m.

    Well,well one of the so-called "leaders" in our legislature is bailing after allowing one of the biggest scandals in our history to go on during his time at the helm. And, he announced just one day before the lobbyist at the top of all the scandals, Rusty Cranford, is changing his plea from not guilty. Coincidence, I think not. Gillam is also the one who appointed Travis Story to the medcial marijuana commission. Story has messed that up for those of us who need it as well. So, the damage is done and now the diseased rats are leaving the sinking ship. And, after allowing all the graft and corruption under his nose for years, I feel certain Speaker Gillam feels that he is exempt from all laws, including those regarding lobbying. Seems like UCA, for such a "Christian" place has sure had a lot of scandals in recent years. I guess Gillam can teach them how to get by without getting caught. My most sincere hope is that all the crooks in our legislature are caught, but this is a good start. Arkansans had better understand that just because someone is in your petty politicial club, be it an ass or an elephant, doesn't mean they are worthy to serve we the people. Each person should have to stand on their own merit and you had better do some research before voting. It is we who elected all the crooks that are now being found out and it is up to us to stop the corruption by not electing them to begin with. Party takes a back seat to honesty.

  • RBBrittain
    June 6, 2018 at 4:37 p.m.

    The constitutional ban has specifically been applied to board of trustee appointments to state universities like UCA. A lot of legislators (IIRC including Joyce Elliott but I may be wrong) got caught in this provision a few years back, including at least one who took a job at UALR only to give it up. State universities are still state agencies in Arkansas; remember the Andrews decision on sovereign immunity involved the UofA System.

  • dunk7474
    June 6, 2018 at 5:16 p.m.

    Does Arkansas have ANY people in elected office that are not crooks?? Just a gang with another name who steal whenever they can. As Truman said "The buck stops here". So Asa, why not give the people what they voted for instead of deciding for yourself what they get. As a leader, you are severely lacking.

  • NoUserName
    June 6, 2018 at 5:54 p.m.

    If I remember correctly, Joyce Elliott took the job at UALR while continuing in her elected position.