State Rep. Don Glover has announced his intention to seek re-election to District 11.
“It is important to me to touch the lives of the people of District 11,” Glover said, in a news release announcing his re-election campaign. “I have built my service platform on jobs, job training, healthcare, education, and prison-reform.”
First elected to public office in 1986, Glover was the first African American municipal judge for the City of Dermott. He served in this capacity until 1992 when he was elected 10th Judicial District Circuit Judge, representing Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, and Drew counties. Glover retired in 2016 after serving 23 years as circuit judge.
While serving his first term in the Arkansas House, Glover sponsored and co-sponsored several House bills that were signed into law.
He authored Act 709 to offer expelled students continued educational resources with digital learning or alternative services. He was the lead sponsor for Act 1062, establishing November 1 as John H. Johnson Day. Mr. Johnson was a District 11 native who became widely regarded as the most influential African American publisher in United States history. In recognition of the many contributions of Robert S. Moore Jr., Glover also pinned House Resolution 1043. Additionally, Glover co-sponsored 14 other bills and six resolutions.
Rep. Glover serves on the Arkansas House Judiciary Committee as well as the Aging, Children, Youth, Legislative, and Military Affairs Committee. He is also an alternate for the House Energy Committee.
Glover authored timely and relevant legislation and has focused on bi-partisan progress for not only the citizens of District 11, but all Arkansans. This summer, the Arkansas Municipal League awarded Rep. Glover the Distinguished Legislator Award for his service benefiting all Arkansas cities and towns. In addition to being named Distinguished Legislator, Glover was the recipient of many other community and civic awards that exemplify his leadership and service.
Glover was the recipient of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Associated Industries of Arkansas “Business Matters” Leadership Award. He was recognized with this award for supporting business initiatives during the 92 nd General Assembly. He was also recipient of the distinguished president’s award presented by the 2019 King/Kennedy organization. This honor is awarded to individuals who have made strides to advance the Arkansas Democratic Caucus.
Rep. Glover is a native and lifelong resident of Dermott. He is a 1965 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a 1973 graduate of Howard University Law School.
His career in public service began after college as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Venezuela and continued with service in the United States Army, including the Vietnam War.
Prior to declaring his candidacy for State Representative in 2017, Glover traveled the state hearing cases as a special judge appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court. He serves on the Board of Directors for York Williams Child Development Center, Inc., which screens, diagnoses, and provides individual family plans for pre-school age children with delays throughout southeast Arkansas.
Glover is a member of the St. Paul Baptist Church of Dermott, where he serves as deacon and treasurer.
Having a strong commitment to giving back, Glover and his family donated Glover Park to the city of Dermott, giving residents, visitors, and neighboring communities a place to enjoy outdoor recreation. Glover manages his family farm in Drew and Chicot counties. He and his wife Dorothy have been married for over 40 years and they have two children Dorcedar and Doven.
“This past Legislative Session has been my greatest honor to serve and build a strong foundation to meet the needs of the constituents of District 11,” Glover said. “I request your help to continue to fight for the things that matter such as education, jobs, healthcare, and prison reform. I appreciate your support and vote in 2020.”