Judge Bart Virden filed to run for re-election to the Arkansas Court of Appeals at the State Capitol. Judge Virden is seeking to serve his second term on the Court representing District 2, Position 1.
His District covers the counties of Boone, Baxter, Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Lawrence, Marion, Newton, Pope, Randolph, Searcy, Sharp, Stone and Van Buren.
“I have really enjoyed serving on the Court of Appeals and have found the work to be both interesting and challenging," he said in a statement. "I believe my time on the Court of Appeals combined with my many years as a City Court/District Judge and my 34 years of private practice certainly prepared me for the position on the Appellate Court. “
Virden is a graduate of the University of Arkansas Law School. He was a partner in the Gordon, Caruth and Virden Law Firm in Morrilton.
He is a past president of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association and served 14 years on the Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct. Virden previously served as the Chairman of Board of Trustees for University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton.
Virden and his wife, Janna Jennings Virden, have been married for 36 years. They have three adult children, Jessica Virden Mallett, Bryant Thompson Virden and Elijah Lyn Virden, and one granddaughter, Anna.
Virden and his wife attend the First United Methodist Church.