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Lt. Governor Darr Visits Arkansas Tech

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Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr visited the Arkansas Tech campus today to speak with students about government and politics.

Darr addressed students currently enrolled in Dr. Rogers's government course.

He spoke to the students about his decision to enter politics and some of the responsibilities of serving as the lieutenant governor.

"I never intended to get into politics," said Darr.  "When I was in college, I had other goals.  However, after opening my own business, I began to recognize the importance of having leaders with the same values and beliefs that I shared. I am a dad and a business owner, and I felt like I had a chance to make my state a better place."

Darr said in his role as lieutenant governor he serves as the acting governor when Governor Beebe is not in the state, and he is also responsible for presiding over the Senate.  Other items he assists with include meeting with state leaders, visiting with new businesses and introducing legislation.

Darr told students that politics in Arkansas is very different from that in Washington D.C.  He added, "You hear about the fighting and bickering in Washington.  I think many of those serving in Arkansas realize their job is to represent the people of Arkansas.  We see differently on some things, but at the end of the day, it is our job to serve Arkansans."

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