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story.lead_photo.caption Charles Blake

House Minority Leader Charles Blake, D- Little Rock, said Thursday morning that he is resigning his House seat in order to explore other career opportunities.

Blake first informed the members of the House Democratic Caucus of his decision in an email Thursday morning. About an hour later, while walking into the State Capitol, he confirmed the news to a reporter.

Blake said he had not made a decision regarding a new job, saying "I have a few opportunities."

[RELATED: Complete Democrat-Gazette coverage of the Arkansas Legislature]

The email he sent to his House colleagues said that Thursday would be his last day in office.

"Please know, that I do not make this decision lightly, and this is a struggle to even write this email," Blake wrote. "Serving with you all and in this chamber is fulfilling a life long dream. The last 5 years have helped define who I am, my purpose, and my continued service to my state, my city, and my community."

Blake was elected to his first term in the House in 2014. Blake rose to the position of minority leader last June.

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


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Archived Comments

  • RBear
    May 16, 2019 at 11:17 a.m.

    Could it be Mayor Scott's Chief of Staff?

  • JIMBOB47
    May 16, 2019 at 12:47 p.m.

    Could be, RBEAR, he fits the profile

  • cgbp
    May 16, 2019 at 2:31 p.m.

    Huge loss for the Democrats in Arkansas. Are there any left?

  • TheBatt
    May 16, 2019 at 3:18 p.m.

    Follow the $$$$$

  • Packman
    May 16, 2019 at 4:08 p.m.

    Hey RBear - That would be my guess as well. But I lost a bundle on the Kentucky Derby, so take my guessing for what it's worth.

  • MaxCady
    May 16, 2019 at 4:13 p.m.

    There's no more lucrative career opportunities than politics.

  • Frank9999
    May 16, 2019 at 6:05 p.m.

    MAXCADY, I don't think Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett would agree.

  • JIMBOB47
    May 16, 2019 at 6:09 p.m.

    Even though he is NOT qualified, there is an opening at the airport with Mathieu retiring. BIG Bucks!!

  • LR1955
    May 16, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.

    Right To Know
    Name Mathieu, Ronald F
    Job title Executive Director
    Pay $229,072.48
    Institution Clinton National Airport
    Year 2018

  • RBear
    May 17, 2019 at 6:37 a.m.

    Pack same here. My Final Four bracket was pathetic this year. Who knows, but I think Blake is sending signals which seem to indicate that he'll join Scott's staff.