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Mark Pryor

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Mark Pryor
U.S. Junior Senator, Arkansas
Party Democratic
Assumed office (class 2)

January 7, 2003
Serving with Blanche Lincoln

Preceded by Tim Hutchinson
Born January 10, 1963
Spouse Jill Pryor
Religion Southern Baptist

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Mark Lunsford Pryor (born January 10, 1963) is a Democratic politician in Arkansas. He is the state's junior U.S. Senator.



Pryor was born in Fayetteville, the seat of Washington County in northwestern Arkansas, to the former Barbara Lunsford and former Governor and U.S. Senator David Hampton Pryor. He is married to Jill Pryor, and has two children, Adams and Porter, as well as a dog named Nick. He received both his bachelor's and Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1991 to 1994. He was elected the state Attorney General in 1998 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000.

In late 2001, Pryor announced his candidacy for the Senate seat held by Tim Hutchinson, who six years earlier had become the first Arkansas Republican to serve in that body since Reconstruction. The seat had been held by David Pryor, who actively campaigned for his son. Hutchinson's popularity was considerably dragged down by the fact that he had divorced his wife of 29 years and married a congressional aide, but Pryor didn't make an issue of it during the campaign.

Pryor defeated Hutchinson 53% to 47%. He was the only Democratic candidate for the Senate to defeat a Republican incumbent in that election cycle. He is heavily favored for reelection in 2008.

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