SPEAKER-DESIGNATE: Rep. Matthew Shepherd.
The Arkansas House
case secret ballots after adjournment today to pick a speaker for the 2019 legislative session and the winner was Rep. Matthew Shepherd
, an El Dorado Republican.
He bested Rep. Andy Davis,
also a Republican, who carried the baggage of being from Little Rock.
Shepherd is speaker-elect. Rep. Jeremy Gillam remains speaker through this year. He is not seeking re-election.