Little Rock, AR – Today, Democrat and Arkansas native David Boling formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the Second Congressional District seat in Arkansas. Boling resigned last week from his position as Chief of Staff to Congressman Vic Snyder (D, AR-2); he’ll stand for election in the Democratic primary.
The Arkansas primary election will be held May 18, 2010. Rep. Snyder announced last month that he would not seek re-election.
“Helping Congressman Snyder serve the people of the Second Congressional District in all matters—whether big or small—has been the most challenging and rewarding job that I’ve ever had,” Boling said in a statement. He added, “In order to continue that important work, I proudly announce my candidacy to represent the people of Arkansas in Congress. I will bring practical solutions to the problems facing the citizens of our state and our country.”
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Background Information on David Boling
David Boling, 45, is a fourth-generation Arkansan. He is a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice; a one-time lawyer at the Mitchell Williams law firm in Little Rock; and, until last month, the Chief of Staff to Congressman Vic Snyder (D, AR-2). Boling is married to former Fuji Television reporter Mine Sasaguri; he and his wife are the parents of two children, Christopher (7) and Ellen (5). David recently returned to Little Rock; his family, who still resides in Arlington, VA, will be joining him at the completion of his children’s school term.
As Congressman Snyder’s Chief of Staff, David’s work ran the gamut – everything from answering telephone calls from constituents who needed help to working closely with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission to help bring international investment and jobs to Arkansas.
David has served on the boards of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Pulaski County. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Little Rock (Class XXII) and a past Director of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.
A native of Pine Bluff, David’s father, Don Boling, was a former Air Force First Lieutenant and civil engineer at Pine Bluff Sand & Gravel. His mother, Joann, was an active member of Lakeside Methodist Church and native of a North Little Rock; and his brother and two sisters Doug Boling, Karen Jordin, and Elaine Bultena currently live in Atlanta, Houston, and Little Rock, respectively.
During high school, Boling was an honor student who sang in the A Capella choir, played on the Pine Bluff Zebras tennis team and, just like Doug, Karen and Elaine, David worked on Main Street at Burt’s Store for Men. He was also president of the Lakeside Methodist youth group.
He went on to study history and finance in Fayetteville at the University of Arkansas. There he was selected to participate in a class managing the Rebsamen Fund, a student-managed investment fund at the Sam Walton School of Business (currently worth $1.37 million) and he served as both student government treasurer and treasurer of Students Against Multiple Sclerosis. He was president of the Arkansas Union Programs and his fraternity, Sigma Nu, as well as a student senator, and he graduated with honors in 1987.
Boling remained in Fayetteville to attend law school, earning a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) in 1991. He served as an editor of the Arkansas Law Review and for two of his law school years David made deliveries to seniors in the Meals-on-Wheels program.
Fulfilling a desire to learn more about the Japanese educational system, David took a one-year break from law school, 1988-1989, to teach English to students in Fujishiro. He was later selected for a competitive Rotary scholarship which he used to master the 1800 character Japanese language, visit Pine Bluff’s Sister City, Iwai and, most importantly, gain an understanding of the Japanese legal system and trade between Japan and the United States – specifically, about trade between Japan and Arkansas.
David passed the Arkansas Bar Exam in 1993 and then completed a Masters in Law (LL.M) at Columbia University School of Law in 1994, where he focused on international and Japanese law. When in New York, he tutored young people in Harlem and volunteered at the Riverside Church homeless shelter. Later that year, David worked on Jay Bradford’s campaign for Congress in Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District.
In 1995, David joined the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division as a lawyer. He worked there for 10 years, spanning both the Clinton and Bush Administrations. As they increasingly litigated cases against Japanese firms, David’s background was a strong asset to the Justice Department, but he also worked to investigate alleged illegal monopoly behavior in the concert ticketing business and on criminal investigations to crack down on international price-fixing cartels, which steal from American consumers. He helped prosecute a Japanese executive and Japanese company for obstruction of justice in two separate antitrust investigations. In 1999, Janet Reno signed an international antitrust agreement between Japan and the US to further open the Japanese market and improve antitrust enforcement that Boling helped to negotiate.
Boling was selected for a Mike Mansfield Fellowship at Justice, during which he worked in the Japanese Justice Ministry and other government agencies, deepening his understanding of their legal system. During his last year at Justice, he was sent on special assignment to work as an antitrust lawyer for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.