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Republican State Sen. Bart Hester has secured a third term representing Arkansas’ first Senate district. As of Tuesday night, he has won 73.49% of the reported votes.

Hester was elected to the Senate in 2011 and currently serves as Senate majority leader.

Hester, a UA alumnus who has lived in Arkansas his entire life, said he wants small government to be a focus of his legislative career.

”My main objective is just to keep the government off the backs of our working people and businesses, so that people can worry more about their families, raising their kids and thriving,” Hester said.

Hester’s biggest goal if reelected is to keep the government out of the way of the working man, he said.

Earlier this year, Hester sponsored a house bill supporting the creation of a rainy day fund for COVID-19 relief and declaring a statewide emergency. He has also sponsored legislation in favor of sales tax reform.

Hester is the chair of the Joint Budget Committee’s Administrative Rule Review Subcommittee and the Children and Youth Committee. He is the co-chair of the Arkansas Legislative Council’s Claims Review division. He serves as a vice-chair on several other committees including the ALC-JBC Budget Hearings Committee and the Senate Efficiency Committee .

He is a member of the National Rifle Association, Razorback “A” Club and the Arkansas Realtors Association.

Hester has had to learn to compromise since joining the Senate, he said.

“If I didn’t get exactly what I wanted then I was opposed because it wasn’t perfect,” Hester said. “But then you realize that there is almost no piece of legislation that is perfect.”

Abbi Ross is the Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Traveler, where she previously worked as senior staff reporter.

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