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Former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator dies

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KAIT) – David Pryor, who served the state of Arkansas as governor and U.S. senator, died Saturday morning at the age of 89.

According to the Encyclopedia of Arkansas, Pryor was born in Camden on August 29, 1934 and graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After graduating in 1957, he founded the Ouachita Citizen.

In 1960, Pryor was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives representing Ouachita County. The Democrat would win re-election in 1962 and 1964.

He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1966, where he served until 1973. Two years later, in 1975, Pryor was elected governor. He was succeeded by Bill Clinton, who would later become president of the US.

He led the state until January 3, 1979, when he was sworn in as a U.S. senator. During his 18-year tenure, Pryor chaired the Senate Special Committee on Aging, where he focused on controlling prescription drug prices.

After leaving the Senate, Pryor was appointed director of the Institute of Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School in Cambridge and served as dean of the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.

Pryor married Barbara Jean Lunsford on November 28, 1957. They had three sons, including Mark Pryor, who was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2003. He was defeated by Republican Tom Cotton in the 2014 election.

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