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Sanders Unveils Arkansas LEARNS

October 18, 2022

Education plan to take Arkansas to the top and unleash our full potential; Launches latest TV ad

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Sarah Huckabee Sanders today released her education plan—Arkansas LEARNS—that details what she would do as governor to better educate our kids, empower our parents, and create a more prosperous future for our state, making Arkansas one of the best places to live, work, and raise a family.
“I believe every child growing up in Arkansas should have access to a quality education, a good-paying job, and a better life right here in our state, and I believe Arkansas LEARNS is how together we will achieve it,” Sanders said. “This is a bold plan that will improve access, create greater transparency, offer more flexibility, empower parents, reward good teachers, and ensure no child is ever trapped in a life of poverty or government dependency.”
Arkansas LEARNS prioritizes Literacy, Empowerment, Accountability, Readiness, Networking, and School Safety.
Literacy: Sarah will improve access to quality pre-K and reading coaches for at-risk children. 
Empowerment: Sarah will empower parents with more choices, so no child is ever trapped in a failing school and lifetime in poverty, and curriculum transparency through innovation and online resources.  
Accountability: Sarah will reward good teachers with smart incentives, like higher pay, create a strong pipeline by allowing soon-to-be teachers to spend their entire last year in the classroom, offer alternate certification improvements, and better leadership trainings.
Readiness: Sarah will offer more flexibility to students to pursue internships and apprenticeships while in school, align career and technical programs with jobs that are in high demand, establish a workforce cabinet, and launch a statewide campaign to support the work of technical and trade schools and opportunities that exist for the future workforce.
Networking: Sarah will expand high-speed internet to make educational and career opportunities accessible.
Safety: Sarah will prioritize school safety by focusing on physical security, additional resource officers, mental health, and trainings to implement best practices.
Additional details about Arkansas LEARNS may be found at
Sanders also today released a new TV ad, “Arkansas LEARNS,” that promotes her bold education plan, and will begin airing statewide as part of her previously announced $3.5 million paid media campaign through Election Day.

Click here to watch the ad.
“Arkansas LEARNS” (:30)
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “When I’m governor, we will educate kids, not indoctrinate them with the left’s agenda. And we will prepare students for the workforce, not government dependency.”
Voiceover: “Sarah’s bold education plan: Arkansas LEARNS focuses on childhood literacy, parental empowerment, accountability and smart incentives for teachers, like higher pay, career readiness, rural broadband network, and school safety. 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “I believe every kid in this state should have access to a quality education, a good job, and a better life right here in Arkansas.”

WTAS: Statements of Support for Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Public Safety Plan

October 13, 2022

Public Officials
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson – “I agree with the approach outlined by Sarah, and I expect the next administration will need to put additional resources into prison expansion.”

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (Ark.) – “Nothing is more important for Arkansas families than public safety. @SarahHuckabee knows this, and I’m glad to see her thoughtful, multi-faceted approach to move the needle and make Arkansas a better place to live when she’s governor.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton (Ark.) – “I’m glad that our next governor @SarahHuckabee is taking this issue head-on. Truth in Sentencing is compassionate toward victims, it’s common sense, and it will keep violent criminals off the street. Sarah has my full support in her work to keep Arkansans safe.”

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR-04) – @SarahHuckabee knows that Arkansas families are worried about public safety. We are lucky that our next governor is working to solve that problem and putting our families first.”

Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin – “Thank you & Amen! I am excited about the opportunity to work closely with @SarahHuckabee @lbengilmore & the legislature to reform our criminal justice system & make Arkansas safer.”

Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) – “Powerful plan to address our state’s growing crime problem from our next governor @SarahHuckabee. Public safety is a top priority and this plan will ensure Arkansans are safer. Let’s get it done!”

Sen. Ben Gilmore (R – Crossett) – “@SarahHuckabee’s plan will address one of the most important issues in our state. I look forward to working with her to implement this plan & create a safer Arkansas for our communities and families. I appreciate @LtGovTimGriffin for being a leader this issue as well.”

Sen. Kim Hammer (R– Benton) – “Appreciate our next governor putting out a strong plan to reduce crime in Arkansas. This is a serious approach that will produce results and I look forward to partnering with @SarahHuckabee.

Sen. Bart Hester (R – Cave Springs) – “Our next governor must be clear-eyed about the rising violent crime plaguing our state and the need for reforms.@SarahHuckabee has a plan to tackle these challenges, and she will have a partner in me in the Legislature to increase prison capacity, support victims, make AR safer.”

Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) – “I look forward to working with our next governor @SarahHuckabee on her tough plan to tackle our crime problem. Arkansans deserve a safe place to live and raise their family.”

Speaker Matthew Shepherd (R – El Dorado) – “I applaud Sarah’s emphasis on public safety and look forward to working with her along with my legislative colleagues for a safer state for all Arkansans.”

Rep. Austin McCollum (R – Bentonville)– “My support for Sarah Huckabee Sanders continues to grow with the release of her plan to address our rising crime problem. Excited to work alongside her to get this done for the safety and protection of the people of Arkansas.” 

Rep. Aaron Pilkington (R – Clarksville) – “Sarah Sanders is taking the crime issue head on with smart policies that are not only common sense but proven to work.”

Rep. David Ray (R – Maumelle) – “Love this. Protecting our citizens should be the top priority of government. There are many legislators ready to work with our next Governor to make this a reality.”

Rep. Dwight Tosh (R – Jonesboro) – “As a retired State Police Captain I’ve been very concerned by the rising crime we are seeing across the state. I applaud our next Governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, for taking a tough stance on crime and making public safety a top priority. I look forward to working with her on this important issue.”

Rep. Danny Watson (R – Hope), former Arkansas highway patrolman – “Quite frankly, if we don’t have safety, we’ll have nothing. I wholeheartedly support Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s public safety plan.  Sarah’s approach to crime is a breath of fresh air and I look forward to working her to combat our ever-increasing crime problems. The criminals will not like this plan and that is why I support Sarah!”

Britt McKenzie, Republican Nominee for House District 7 – @SarahHuckabee is the real deal and her plan for promoting public safety in AR is the only path for keeping our great State safe and secure for future generations.”

Law Enforcement Officials
Carol Crews, prosecuting attorney, 20th judicial district – “With violent crime on the rise across our country and in Arkansas’ capital city, we need harsher penalties for repeat and violent offenders. I am glad to see Sarah acknowledge this in her campaign and to take necessary steps to ensure we can protect the people in our communities from those who choose to do others harm.”

Daniel Shue, prosecuting attorney, 12th judicial district- “Today, Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her plan for public safety in Arkansas, and she offers a tough but fair approach to the crime problems being faced by Arkansans. Sanders opined that Arkansans should never consider defunding the police, and her determined decision to increase our prison capacity will serve to incarcerate violent criminals which allows space in our county jails to be utilized for misdemeanants and participants who receive specialty court sanctions. In short, her planned policies will provide for “a safer, stronger Arkansas”. We can never feel free unless we feel safe.”

Nathan Smith, prosecuting attorney, 19th judicial district – “In order to ensure that Arkansas remains a great place to live, work, and raise a family, we must first prioritize public safety. An expanded prison system is needed to keep violent and repeat felons off our streets. I applaud Sarah for rejecting the radical, soft-on-crime policies that have ruined so many American cities and instead putting the needs of law-abiding citizens before criminals.”

Chris Walton, prosecuting attorney, 22nd judicial district – “Sarah Huckabee Sanders correctly identifies critical problems with our criminal justice system. Lack of capacity in our state prisons is a major problem. Our county jails house too many state prisoners. In addition, inadequate capacity dictates outcomes when it comes to parolees who violate their parole. The citizens of Arkansas expect parolees to be supervised and revoked if parole is violated. I applaud Sarah’s decision to not only highlight these issues, but also her commitment to correcting them.”

Lafayette County Judge Danny Ormond – “As County Judge and as a former a Sheriff I am proud to hear today’s announcement on public safety by Sarah Sanders. Over the last several years I have seen our local law enforcement officers become more and more frustrated with criminals in our county. With overcrowding in our state facilities and local jails being fill to maximum capacity it is great to hear we are going to tackle this issue under Sarah Sanders.”

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery – “As an 18-year veteran Sheriff, I am excited to hear about Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ plan for public safety. For many years the can has been kicked down the road because no one wanted to tackle this tough issue. It is refreshing to know she is committed to do what is necessary to protect Arkansans from violent felons and repeat offenders and to stand up for the victims of crime.”

Faulkner County Sheriff Tim Ryals – ”As Sheriff of Faulkner County, I witness daily the reality of recidivism, shortened sentences, parolees committing crimes that have no consequences, mental health issues, and of course, overcrowding issues in our jail. It is a breath of fresh air to hear that Sarah Sanders is in tune with the needs of the citizens and with the law enforcement communities across the state of Arkansas. Sarah has made a commitment to place a priority on Public Safety providing resources for agencies and prisons, and she recognizes that victims have rights, too! I personally know the character, heart, and sincerity of Sarah, and I know that every bullet point stated in her letter will be addressed when she becomes our next Governor. Thank you, Sarah Sanders, for your commitment to those who protect the families of Faulkner County and the state of Arkansas.”

Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods Jr. – “Sarah’s public safety plan embodies the importance of understanding that a comprehensive public safety plan is a critical element in working towards solving key public safety concerns for Arkansans. Her plan provides hope of the benefit of communities in Arkansas being stronger and safer through the strengthened collaborative efforts of public safety stakeholders within Arkansas.”

Randolph County Sheriff Kevin Bell – “Violent crime is out of control in Arkansas. We need a strong pro police Governor who is willing to help law enforcement and will push for laws and policies that will help combat crime. Sarah is the person for the job!!”

Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright – “It’s refreshing to hear that our state has a gubernatorial candidate who not only recognizes but acknowledges violent crime in Arkansas and offers solutions as well. Peace is not obtained through weakness. The strengths of political candidates, law enforcement leaders, and community leaders are the secrets to success.”

Union County Sheriff Ricky Roberts – “With all the negativity surrounding law enforcement it is exciting to have Gubernatorial Candidate Sarah Sanders, that not only supports the men and women of law enforcement, but stands beside us in our efforts to make our communities in Arkansas a safer place to live.”

White County Sheriff Phillip Miller – “As the chief law enforcement officer of the county, I know that the primary role of government is the safety and security of our citizens. Sarah Huckabee Sanders knows that as well and has a great plan to address the issues facing us. I am proud to support her, and I ask each of you to support her as our next Arkansas governor!”

Sergeant Matt Huckabay, Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office – “Sarah’s public safety plan is a fantastic and fair plan that will help make Arkansas a better place to raise a family.”

Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Gary Sipes – “The Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police would like to assert our support for Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ plan for Public Safety and specifically her plan to devote resources to increase prison capacity. It is imperative that violent criminals are kept behind bars and that the backlog in county jails is addressed.”

Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association Director Scott Bradley- “The Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association is excited to hear that gubernatorial candidate Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a plan for Arkansas public safety. It is time that we address the violent crime, illegal drugs that are plaguing our state, and a failing parole system. The men and women in law enforcement need support now more than ever!”

Arkansas State Police Association President Coty Williams- “Our members took an oath to protect the property and life of the citizens of our great state. Not one of them took the oath in hopes they would prosper financially. They did it because of their calling to serve. The nature of their job is affected by many different things. One thing that they are directly affected by is public policy, good and bad.  While we can’t (and don’t) endorse political candidates, we can praise good public policy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ announcement of her public safety policy deserves praise. Our members are affected by violent criminals every day. Often, they are repeat offenders who have seen no real consequences. Our members and the public deserve better. This type of tough on crime policy and support of law enforcement embraced by political leaders like Sanders and others, places them standing squarely behind our members’ mission. This will allow our members to stand squarely between criminals and citizens.”

Arkansas Young Republicans – “Drugs and violent crime are endemic problems that cause heartbreak and despair among our communities. We fully support @SarahHuckabee’s plan to build a safer future for Arkansas!”

Sanders Unveils Plan for a Safer, Stronger Arkansas

October 11, 2022

State has a crime problem and needs a leader with bold reforms to fix it

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sarah Huckabee Sanders today released her public safety plan for the state that outlines what she would do as governor to reduce violent crime, hold criminals accountable, and make Arkansas a safer, stronger place to live, work, and raise a family.

“Making Arkansas one of the best states in the country to live, work, and raise a family starts with making sure families feel safe,” Sanders said. “And right now, our state has a serious crime problem. Violent crime is on the rise and deadly, illegal drugs are flooding our communities, which is why as governor, I will close loopholes in our parole system, be an advocate for victims, support our men and women in law enforcement, and never defund the police.”

Details about the plan for a Safer, Stronger Arkansas may be found at

Sanders Launches New TV Ad: “Rip Off”

September 21, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Sarah Huckabee Sanders today released a new TV ad, “Rip Off,” that will begin airing statewide as part of her previously announced $3.5 million paid media campaign through Election Day. 
The ad, which features Sanders’ youngest son George, explains how President Joe Biden’s inflation is a pay cut for all Arkansans — “a rip off,” according to George. Sanders says that when she is governor, she will lower taxes to give the people of Arkansas a pay raise. 
Click here to watch the ad.
“Rip Off” (:30)
Scene: George Sanders performs household chores.
George Sanders: “I have to do all of the work around here.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Great job, George.”
Scene: George runs to the grocery store to spend the money he made doing chores.
Scene: George attempts to buy his item at the checkout line.
Store Clerk: “Not enough.”
George Sanders: “What.”
Store Clerk: “Taxes! Inflation! Don’t you know this is the Biden economy?”
George Sanders: “What a rip off.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “Biden’s inflation is a pay cut for every Arkansan. As governor, I’ll lower your taxes to give you a pay raise.”
George Sanders: “Sarah for Governor.”

Another Poll Shows Sanders with Commanding Lead

September 19, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Another new poll has been released showing Sarah Huckabee Sanders with a commanding lead in the general election. The poll, released by Remington Research Group, shows Sanders with a 25-point lead.
“Arkansans want a conservative leader with bold plans to create high-paying jobs, increase access to quality education, reduce violent crime, and push back on an out-of-control federal government,” Sanders said. “As governor, I will lead our state with heart and take it to the top.”
The new Remington poll shows Sanders getting 59 percent of the vote to 34 percent for the Democrat, 3 percent for the Libertarian, and 5 percent undecided. It was conducted September 14-15, among 1,418 likely 2022 General Election voters in Arkansas, with a margin of error of +/-2.4 percent.
Another poll released last week by Echelon Insights, showed Sanders leading with 62 percent of the vote to 32 percent in a head-to-head matchup with her Democrat opponent, and 6 percent undecided.
Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor in May with more than 83 percent of the vote—a historic victory. Since launching her campaign, Sanders has shattered the fundraising record for most money ever raised by a candidate for governor of Arkansas.

Statement from the Sarah for Governor Campaign

September 17, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Sarah for Governor campaign today released the following statement after Sarah Huckabee Sanders was discharged from an Arkansas hospital.

Statement from Communications Director Judd Deere:

“Following successful surgery on Friday to remove her thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and in consultation with her physician, Sarah was discharged from an Arkansas hospital—cancer free—today. She will spend the remaining portion of her recovery at home. Sarah is in great spirits and remains grateful for the exceptional care and service provided by the doctors and nurses. Sarah and her entire family are appreciative of the prayers and well-wishes from Arkansans and many friends from across the country.”


Statements from the Sarah for Governor Campaign

September 16, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Sarah for Governor campaign today released the following statements:

Statement from Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
“During a check-up earlier this month, my doctor ordered a biopsy on an area of concern in my neck and the test revealed that I had thyroid cancer. Today, I underwent a successful surgery to remove my thyroid and surrounding lymph nodes and by the grace of God I am now cancer-free. I want to thank the Arkansas doctors and nurses for their world-class care, as well as my family and friends for their love, prayers, and support. I look forward to returning to the campaign trail soon. This experience has been a reminder that whatever battle you may be facing, don’t lose heart. As governor, I will never quit fighting for the people of our great state.”
Statement from John R. Sims, M.D.:
“Sarah is currently recovering from surgery in which we removed her thyroid gland and some of the surrounding lymph nodes in her neck. The surgery went extremely well, and I expect her to be back on her feet even within the next 24 hours. This is a Stage I papillary thyroid carcinoma which is the most common type of thyroid cancer and has an excellent prognosis. While she will need adjuvant treatment with radioactive iodine, as well as continued long term follow up, I think it’s fair to say she’s now cancer free, and I don’t anticipate any of this slowing her down.”
Biography of John R. Sims, M.D.:
Dr. John Sims is a Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon at CARTI Cancer Center in Little Rock, Ark. He came to CARTI from Mount Sinai – Beth Israel in New York City, New York, where he completed a fellowship in head and neck oncologic and microvascular reconstructive surgery. A graduate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), he completed his residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. 


Sanders Launches $3.5 Million in Paid Media

September 1, 2022

First statewide general election TV ad to air Saturday during Arkansas game; Campaign’s buy runs through Election Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Governor campaign will launch its first statewide general election TV ad on Saturday, September 3, as it begins a $3.5 million paid media campaign through Election Day.

“I am grateful for the support thousands have made in this campaign to ensure I can take my message of freedom, empowerment, and opportunity to every corner of Arkansas,” Sanders said. “As governor, I will defend our freedom and champion good schools, higher paying jobs, and a better life for all.”

The first general election TV ad for the campaign will air Saturday during the football game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Cincinnati Bearcats. Go Hogs! The ad is, “No”, which first aired during the primary, about how being a mom and White House Press Secretary prepared Sanders to take on the radical left and the challenge of leading Arkansas.

Beginning Wednesday, September 7, Arkansans will also see the ad, “Quality Education”, in which Sanders discusses her vision to provide a quality education for every child in Arkansas. 

Click here to watch the ad.

“Quality Education” (:30)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “When I’m governor, we will educate kids, not indoctrinate them with the left’s agenda. We will empower parents, not bureaucrats, and we will prepare students for the workforce, not government dependency. I believe every kid in this state should have access to a quality education, a good job, and a better life right here in Arkansas.”

Voiceover: “Sarah Huckabee Sanders for Governor.”

Sanders won the Republican nomination for governor in May with more than 83 percent of the vote—a historic victory. Since launching her campaign, Sanders has shattered the fundraising record for most money ever raised by a candidate for governor of Arkansas.

Sanders Hosts Policy Roundtable with Adoption, Foster Care Leaders

August 9, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Sarah Huckabee Sanders today held a roundtable with adoption, foster care, and family advocacy leaders from across Arkansas as she continues her policy discussions focused on empowering Arkansans. The group exchanged ideas on much-needed improvements to the state foster care system, making Arkansas the most pro-adoption state in the country, and building strong families with real opportunities.

“Every human life is a gift from God that must be valued, protected, and empowered, not only in the womb but beyond,” Sanders said. “As governor, I will work to ensure that Arkansas children have a good home, with a quality education and real opportunities that empower them into successful adults. Arkansas is the most pro-life state in America, but I believe we must now become the most pro-adoption state by improving the state foster care system, eliminating unneeded barriers, increasing partnerships between the public sector, faith-based communities, and non-profits, and supporting parents who strive to help kids in one of their greatest moments of need.”

Sanders has hosted roundtables on education, tourism and outdoor recreation, workforce development, economic development, public safety, and energy. She will host roundtables on agriculture, health care, and infrastructure, among other topics, in the coming months.

Sanders Announces Campaign Senior Staff

August 2, 2022

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced the senior staff of her campaign for Governor of Arkansas.

“I am excited to have assembled this talented group of individuals to help me continue to take my message of bold, conservative reforms to all 75 counties of Arkansas. All of them bring unique experiences and expertise, which makes this campaign, along with our incredible supporters, even stronger,” Sanders said.

Sarah For Governor Senior Staff:

Campaign Manager Chris Caldwell is the former federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority. A Bryant native and graduate of the University of Arkansas, he worked for U.S. Senator John Boozman (Ark.) from 2010 to 2018 and managed his 2016 re-election campaign. Chris also served on former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid and then-U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson’s 2002 campaign.

Deputy Campaign Manager Jordan Powell is a campaign strategist who has served as a consultant, communications advisor, ad maker, and digital expert for gubernatorial, congressional, state house, and issue campaigns across the country. He has also served as a press secretary on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In 2016, Jordan served as Deputy Campaign Manager for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign.

Senior Advisor Gretchen Conger joined the Sarah for Governor campaign after serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, where she was responsible for budget, policy, and legislative affairs. Prior to her 7-year tenure with Governor Ducey, Gretchen worked on multiple issue-based and candidate-based campaigns in Arizona.

Policy Advisor Jack Sisson is a public affairs professional and consultant with more than 15 years of experience at the state and federal levels. In Washington, D.C., he served as health policy advisor to U.S. Senator John Boozman (Ark.) and aide to then-U.S. Senator Sam Brownback (Kas.). Jack also worked as an advisor to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and as campaign manager for Representative French Hill (AR-02).

Political Director Jamie Barker was born and raised in Smackover. He has worked on campaigns for U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) and Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, as well as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2016 presidential campaign. Jamie has also previously served as Political Director for the Republican Party of Arkansas. He is a past chairman of the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans and past member of the state party’s executive committee. He is a political consultant with the Arkansas-based firm, JCD Consulting.

Communications Director Judd Deere is a former White House Deputy Press Secretary for President Donald J. Trump and brings more than a decade of political communications experience at both the national and state levels. Most recently serving as Deputy Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (Tenn.), Judd has also worked for U.S. Senators John Boozman (Ark.) and Mike Crapo (Idaho), as well as Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Judd is a Benton native and graduate of Lyon College.

Finance Director Cathy Lanier is a successful political fundraiser based in the state of Arkansas and has worked for several years to raise campaign funds for candidates at the local, state, and federal levels. She has previously worked for Representative French Hill (AR-02) and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.), as well as Arkansas Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. She also worked as a regional finance director for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign in 2016. Cathy grew up in Magnolia.

Director of Accounting and Compliance Megan Turner is a certified public accountant (CPA) and graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. She spent ten years in public accounting and business before joining the political field. Megan specializes in state and federal campaign finance and served as Director of Accounting and Compliance for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2016 presidential campaign, as well as similar roles for numerous other campaigns and political action committees.

Director of Operations Alex Flemister has spent his career in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as Associate Director for the White House Office of Public Liaison under President Donald J. Trump where he was the liaison for the business, veteran, and AAPI communities. Alex is a Little Rock native and a graduate of the University of Arkansas.