Sen. Eddie Cheatham will seek a third term in the Arkansas Senate, according to a news release announcing his re-election bid.

The Crossett Democrat represents District 26 in Southeast Arkansas. The district includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot and Drew counties as well as portions of Cleveland, Desha and Lincoln counties.

“I have enjoyed serving in the Senate and feel I have done a good job representing the people of Southeast Arkansas and Arkansans in general,” Cheatham said. “If re-elected I will continue to focus my efforts on economic development and improved educational opportunities in Southeast Arkansas. I also hope to work to improve our state highways in my area of the state and health care reform which will benefit all small hospitals in Arkansas.”

Cheatham, in the news release announcing his re-election bid, outlined the committees on which he serves, previous elected offices he held, his education, prior employment, and community and church activities.

He is currently serving his second term in the Arkansas Senate where he is vice-chairman of the Legislative Joint Auditing Executive Committee, Peer Review, and the Hospital and Medicaid Study Sub Committee. He serves on the Education, Agriculture, Forestry & Economic Development Committee, the Public Retirement and Social Security Programs Committee,  Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, and the Rules, Resolutions and Memorials Committee. He is also a member of the Governor’s Emergency Bond Review Committee and serves on the Legislative Taskforce on Workforce Education Excellence.

Cheatham previously served six years as a state representative and is a former member of the Crossett City Council.

He is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in education. He received a master’s degree in education from the University of Arkansas.

He retired from UAM-Crossett Technology Center where he worked in Student Services and Finance. He is a member of the Crossett Rotary Club, Crossett Historical Society, West Ashley County Water Commission and the Crossett and Hamburg Chambers of Commerce.

Cheatham is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett where he serves on the administrative board, finance committee, the pastor-parish relations committee, and teaches an adult Sunday school class.

A resident of Ashley County for the last 48 years, Cheatham is married to the former Virginia Plair. They have two children, Seth and Gina, and six grandchildren.