Arkansas State Representative Clarke Tucker announced that he is running for Congress in Arkansas’s Second District.

“I am excited to announce my candidacy to represent the honorable, decent,hardworking families of Central Arkansas in Congress," he said in a statement. "Throughout my life, my own family has taught me the values of hard work, opportunity, integrity, loyalty, and a duty to serve. I’ve worked to uphold those values in my public service, and I teach them to my two children every day.

“But my life changed last year. As I lived through and beat cancer, I watched as Congress voted to make our healthcare more expensive, undo good programs like Arkansas Works, and strip away healthcare for Arkansans with pre-existing conditions. I have watched as politicians used children’s health insurance as a bargaining chip, placing greater loyalty to their political party than to our state and country, and I decided I could no longer stand by and watch.

“My grandfather taught me that opportunity exists where there is need, and right now there is a need for new leadership in Congress. We need a Representative who will stand up for Arkansas families, not the D.C. establishment, and who will work hard to reach across the aisle to find common ground and get things done. I am ready to be that Congressman, and I look forward to earning the trust and the votes of the good people of Central Arkansas.”

Clarke is a 7th generation Arkansan and the 5th generation of his family to attend church at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where he is active in church leadership. Clarke was raised in Little Rock and graduated from Central High, where he played baseball and served as student body president. A lifelong Razorback, Clarke earned his law degree at the University of Arkansas, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. For the past decade, Clarke has been an attorney working for Arkansans and their businesses, helping them get started, survive, and grow.

As an attorney, Clarke has also worked to protect the First Amendment and Arkansas farms, and he has been active in charitable work.

As a Legislator, Clarke has worked on a bipartisan basis to protect and improve access to healthcare through Arkansas Works, ensure paid maternity leave for state employees, invest in pre-K, and lower taxes for middle class Arkansans and veterans.

Clarke has also worked to help grow our economy, support teachers, and enhance public safety. He lives in Little Rock with his wife Toni and their two very active children, Ellis and Mari Francis.