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David Pryor

David Hampton Pryor

In office
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1997
Preceded by Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.
(interim for John McClellan)

Secretary of the
Senate Democratic Conference
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Leader George J. Mitchell (Maine)
Preceded by Daniel Inouye (Hawaii)
Succeeded by Barbara Mikulski (Maryland)

Chairman of the
Senate Aging Committee
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1995
Preceded by John Melcher (Montana)
Succeeded by William Cohen

Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 14, 1975 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Bob Cowley Riley (acting)
Succeeded by Joe Purcell (acting)

United States Representative for Arkansas' 4th congressional district
In office
November 8, 1966 – January 3, 1973
Preceded by Oren Harris
Succeeded by Ray Thornton

Arkansas State Representative for Ouachita County
In office
January 9, 1961 – November 8, 1966
Preceded by William S. Andrews
Succeeded by None (Redistricting)

Chairman of the
Arkansas Democratic Party
In office
September 5, 2008 – January 28, 2009
Preceded by Bill Gwatney
Succeeded by Todd Turner

Born August 29, 1934 (age 86)
Camden, Arkansas
Spouse(s) Barbara Lunsford
Children Mark Pryor
Alma mater Henderson State University (BA)

(Arkadelphia, Arkansas)
University of Arkansas
School of Law
(Fayetteville) (LLB)

Religion Presbyterian

David Hampton Pryor (born August 29, 1934) is a retired Democratic politician from the U.S. state of Arkansas. He held numerous state and federal positions.

Pryor is a native of Camden in Ouachita County in south Arkansas, and a lawyer who graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He served prior to 1966 as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives in which he became a specialist in problems of the aging. From 1966 to 1973, he was a member of the United States House of Representatives for Arkansas' 4th congressional district. He ran unsuccessfully for the United States Senate in the 1972 Democratic primary, having been defeated by the long-term incumbent John McClellan, who was more conservative than Pryor and strongly backed by the Camden publisher Walter E. Hussman, Sr.

In 1974, Pryor defeated former Governor Orval E. Faubus for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination and then handily beat the Republican Ken Coon in the general election for the right to succeed Governor Dale Bumpers, who became U. S. senator after defeating J. William Fulbright in the Democratic primary. After four years as governor, Pryor was succeeded by Bill Clinton. In 1978, Pryor was handily elected to the U.S. Senate and reelected in 1984 and 1990. He declined to run again in 1996 and was succeeded by the Republican Tim Hutchinson, then a U.S. representative. In 2002, Hutchinson was unseated after a single term by Pryor's son, Mark Pryor, who still holds the seat.[1]

From September 2008 to February 2009, Pryor was chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party. He resides in the capital city of Little Rock.


  1. Pryor, David Hampton. Retrieved on March 6, 2021.