After nearly five years as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Conner Eldridge announced his candidacy for the United States Senate on Sept. 9, 2015.
As a federal prosecutor for five years, Conner was an aggressive prosecutor of child abusers, drug traffickers and fraudsters. During his time as U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted over 100 child abusers and pornographers. In August 2014, he launched a new program called A-Chance aimed at helping children in violent and crime-ridden homes succeed in school and in life. The program began operating in 13 Arkansas public schools with Conner’s pledge to continue promoting its benefit to every school in the state.
Conner has lived throughout the state. Born in Fayetteville, he spent the first 12 years of his life in Augusta until his family moved to Lonoke, where he worked on the family farm and graduated from high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a law degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, where he was a member of the Arkansas Law Review.
Conner married Mary Elizabeth Whipple and the couple moved to Arkadelphia in 2004, where he became vice president and assistant general counsel of Summit Bank. He served as CEO of Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp from 2008 to 2010.
Governor Mike Beebe appointed Conner to the Arkansas Interest on Lawyer’s Trust Accounts (IOLTA) Board in 2008 where he worked with attorneys and non-profit leaders to allocate the group’s proceeds for justice initiatives, scholarships and other programs.
Conner and his family moved to Fort Smith following his appointment as United States Attorney in 2010 and lived there for two years. They now reside in Fayetteville and are active members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. They are raising three young boys: Will, Henry and Tull. In his spare time, Conner is an avid duck and deer hunter and a serious, lifelong Razorback fan.
Conner said Arkansans are frustrated with a Washington that seems further and further removed from the real problems they face every day. He promised to work with whomever it takes to bring or create new jobs in the state, improve education, strengthen the middle class, make our communities safer and protect the state’s growing senior population. He is running because he believes one senator can make a difference.
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