August 17, 2012
On January 7, 2003, Mark Pryor was sworn in as Arkansas’s thirty-third U.S. senator. Just months before, Pryor had defeated incumbent Tim Hutchinson, the man who occupied the seat that was once occupied by Pryor’s highly respected father, David Pryor. Previously, the Democratic junior senator had served in the Arkansas House of Representatives and as the state’s attorney general. He lost his U.S. Senate seat to Republican Tom Cotton in 2014.