At long last. President Obama has nominated someone to be U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas. Maybe someday he'll do the same for the Eastern District, based in Little Rock.
Not that anyone is counting, but of two U.S. marshals, four federal judgeships and two U.S. attorney slots available for appointment, Obama has so far named two marshals, two judges, and one U.S. attorney. All five are white males.
The nominee, subject to Senate confirmation, is William Conner Eldridge Jr. of Arkadelphia. From the bio provided by the White House:
Conner Eldridge has served as a Special Deputy Prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office of Clark County, Arkansas since 2009. Eldridge previously worked for Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp, Inc., from 2004 to 2010, serving in various senior management positions. He was ultimately named Chief Executive Officer in 2008. Following law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2003 to 2004. Eldridge graduated from Davidson College in 1999 and from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2003.
Senators Lincoln and Pryor chimed in:
“I am proud to have recommended Conner for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Western District and I am pleased that the White House has moved forward with his nomination,” Lincoln said. “I have known Conner for years, and was impressed with his work as a member of my legislative staff. I believe he has the experience, intellect and integrity to serve the people of Arkansas with distinction, and I know he enjoys widespread support in the state. I hope that his nomination will proceed quickly, and I look forward to the opportunity to share Conner’s qualifications with my Senate colleagues.
“Conner Eldridge is a strong leader in his community and our state, and his legal and legislative experience make him a good fit for U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas,” Pryor said. “I am pleased that President Obama has chosen to nominate Mr. Eldridge for this position, and I look forward to a swift confirmation process in the Senate.”