Mark Darr took office in January 2011 as the state's 15th Lieutenant Governor. He is the youngest Republican to be elected to a statewide office in Arkansas.
Darr is a strong advocate for government transparency and economic development. As a candidate, he ran on the promise of helping to put an end to wasteful spending by implementing an online checkbook. Senate Bill 221, the Arkansas Financial Transparency Act, was signed into law on March 14, 2011. Darr is also a firm believer in utilizing Arkansas's natural energy resources through crude oil and natural gas exploration, as well as the further study of lignite conversion into petroleum fuel.
As a lifetime member of the NRA, Darr is an advocate for 2nd Amendment rights. On February 12, 2013 Darr signed into law Senate Bill 131 (Act 145), which protects the rights of concealed carry permit holders.
Darr has started small businesses throughout Arkansas. He was born in Fort Smith (Sebastian County) in 1973, and is the youngest of four children. His father, the late Johnnie Darr, was a Southern Baptist minister who taught his children at an early age the value of faith, family and principle. His mother, the late Patsy Darr, was a homemaker.
The Lieutenant Governor grew up in Mansfield (Scott County) where he attended public schools. Darr attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia where he met his future wife, Kim, and received his bachelor's degree. While attending college, Darr worked as a waiter at a restaurant in Hot Springs.
Darr was selected to serve on the National Lieutenant Governor's Association (NLGA) Executive Committee as well as the NLGA's Policy Resolutions Committee. He was also chosen by NLGA to represent Arkansas at the 110th China Import and Export Fair. Darr was inducted into the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 class of 2011 and Arkansas Business Journal's 40 Under 40 class of 2012 in Little Rock. He and his wife Kim have two children, Madison and Cooper. Darr is a licensed insurance agent.