|Democratic Party nominee for
U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas's 1st district
November 2, 2010
|Opponent(s)||Rick Crawford (R),
Kenton Adler (Green), Mickey Higgins (Write-In), Richard Walden (Independent; withdrew)
April 7, 1976 |
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Arkansas (BA),
Catholic University of America (JD)
|Occupation||chief of staff to Marion Berry|
|Website||Chad Causey for Congress|
Early life and education
Causey was born and raised in Jonesboro, attending school at South Elementary, Annie Camp Junior High, and Jonesboro High School. His grandfather started a small business, still owned by the family, with a $50 loan. His mother, Gussi Causey, is a counselor at Jonesboro High School.
Causey received his BA in History from the University of Arkansas in 1999, and his JD from Catholic University of America in 2009. He worked his way through college on Pell Grants, student loans, and a job scrubbing golf clubs and carts at the local golf course.
Causey worked for Congressman Marion Berry, starting as his driver. He became his legislative assistant in 2001, and his chief of staff in 2006. He has worked on bills with farmers, institutes of higher education, and small businesses.
U.S. Congressional campaign
Bill Clinton as supported Causey, speaking on his behalf on October 13, 2010 in Batesville, urging voters to "watch the game film" and look at the history and the facts. Later that day, Clinton spoke in Causey's hometown of Jonesboro in support of both Causey and Blanche Lincoln. Causey was defeated in the general election by Republican Rick Crawford, the first Democrat to lose the Eastern Arkansas seat since Reconstruction. Causey collected 43% of the votes to Crawford's 52% and 5% for Green Party nominee Kenton Adler.Less than 1% went to Write-In candidate Mickey Higgins.
Causey married Meredith McNeil of Newport on New Year's Day 2011.