Arkansas Treasurer Mark Lowery of Maumelle died Wednesday at 66.
Lowery, who was elected to the Treasurer’s office last November, has suffered two strokes this year, with the most recent being in June.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been set.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time,” the Treasurer’s office said in a statement. “We wish to honor him and continue doing the work he entrusted us with.”
Lowery, above, was born March 28, 1957 in Little Rock and was a graduate of Sylvan Hills High School, as well as the University of Arkansas. He worked for a time in newspapers and also went on to teach at the University of Central Arkansas.
Between then, he was the Chief of Staff to then-Lt. Gov. Mike Huckabee in the 1990s and also worked as a lobbyist, in addition to teaching. He was first elected to serve Maumelle in the state’s House of Representatives in 2012 and served from 2013 to 2023, before being elected Treasurer.
His office, on Tuesday, had announced that Lowery was going to retire in September of this year due to his health.
His replacement will be appointed by Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who will serve through the end of 2024. Next November, on the ballot will be the Treasurer’s position and whomever is elected will serve the remainder of Lowery’s term.
The Treasurer’s office will be managed by Chief of Staff Stephen Bright and Deputy Treasurer Eric Munson, who have been executing the duties while Lowery was hospitalized.
“We are devastated,” Bright said in a statement. “Losing Mark represents a huge loss for the entire staff. Mark was an incredible leader and a humble public servant and this was unexpected. It’s definitely going to take us time to process this..”
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