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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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  • IMHO
    June 6, 2018 at 6:11 p.m.

    There's also the possibility that his salary will come from foundation money (private dollars). Not defending, just speculating.

  • JMort69
    June 6, 2018 at 6:23 p.m.

    Well, Dunk, it certainly doesn't feel like it right now. I am a native Arkansan and have lived here all but 5 of my 67 years, as has my mother who is 87. Neither of us have seen anything like this in our state, in our lives. The most repulsive part of this is how religious they all are. Cloaking their crimes and misdeeds in righteous robes and defaming my mother's religion. And yet, only 18% of the registered voters in our state bothered to show up for the primaries. Maybe its just me, but I'm really incensed by the rampant corruption and stealing my tax dollars. Far more incensed by why Gillam is quitting than by his next job. People don't seem to get the fact that much of these resignations and decisions not to run are related to larger schemes, not just another job. So no Dunk, it ain't pretty right now and its our fault. Until more than 18% of us show up, the crooks will win.

  • 3WorldState1
    June 6, 2018 at 7:39 p.m.

    Well said. Anytime you get one party with this much control, this is bound to happen.

  • LRCrookAtty
    June 6, 2018 at 7:53 p.m. have put it as succinctly as I have ever seen it put!

  • RBBrittain
    June 6, 2018 at 9:44 p.m.

    @NUN: I thought it was Joyce Elliott who took the UALR job, only to give it up when the media pointed out the Constitution to her. (Which only goes to show both sides can get it wrong.)
    @IMHO: That won't work unless he's employed BY the foundation.