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David Hampton Pryor

politician , senator

David Hampton Pryor, former United States Senator from Arkansas. Bar: Arkansas 1964. Board trustees William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library. Foundation.


Pryor, David Hampton was born on August 29, 1934 in Camden, Arkansas, United States. Son of Edgar and Susan (Newton) Pryor.


Bachelor in Political Science, University Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1957. Bachelor of Laws, University Arkansas, 1961.


Lawyer, Camden; member firm Pryor and Barnes. Founder, public Ouachita Citizen newspaper, Camden, 1957-1960. Member Arkansas House of Representatives, 1961-1965, United States Congress from 4th Arkansas District.

Governor State of Arkansas, 1974-1979. United States Senator from Arkansas, 1979-1996. Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Law and Public Affairs University Arkansas, 1997.

Fellow Institute Politics, John F. Kennedy School Government, Harvard University, 1999—2000, director, 2000, 2001. Founding dean, Clinton School Public Service Clinton Presidential Library., Little Rock, 2004—2006, professor, Clinton School Public Service, since 2004. Ranking minister member Select Committee On Aging, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Production and Price Competitiveness, Finance Subcommittee on Long Term Growth, Debt. and Deficit Reduction.

Member Government Affairs, Sen. Democratic Conference Committee, Sen. Democratic Steering and Coordinator Committee, Democratic Senatorial Campign Committee.


  • Bar: Arkansas 1964.


Ark. House of Representatives 1961-1966. American Bar Association, Arkansas Bar Association.


Married Barbara Lunsford, November 27, 1957. Children– David, Mark, Scott.

Edgar Pryor

Susan (Newton) Pryor

Barbara Lunsford

David Pryor

Mark Pryor

Scott Pryor