Winston Bryant

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Winston Bryant
52nd Attorney General of Arkansas
In office
January 15, 1991 – January 12, 1999
Preceded by Steve Clark
Succeeded by Mark Pryor
10th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
In office
January 19, 1981 – January 15, 1991
Governor Frank D. White
Bill Clinton
Preceded by Joe Purcell
Succeeded by Jim Guy Tucker
Personal details
Born (1938-10-03) October 3, 1938 (age 75)
Malvern, Arkansas
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan Hughes Bryant
Profession Attorney
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1963-1965
Rank Captain
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Winston Bryant (born October 3, 1938) is a former Democratic Secretary of State (1977–1978), the tenth Lieutenant Governor (1981–1991) and attorney general (1991–1999) of the U.S. state of Arkansas.[1]

He was born in Malvern, the seat of Hot Spring County. He is married to the former Susan Hughes and has one son, John Bryant.

In 1960, Bryant graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. He graduated in 1963 from University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville. He received a Master of Laws (Administrative Law) from George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 1970.[2] He was a legislative assistant to the late U.S. Senator John L. McClellan from 1968 to 1971. Thereafter, he was a prosecuting attorney in his native Hot Spring County and a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1973 to 1977. Elected Secretary of State in 1976, he vacated the office after one term, describing it as "a glorified janitor's job." He unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas' Fourth District on 1978 which was being vacated by Ray Thornton, who ran for the U.S. Senate. Bryant led the five-man primary, but lost in a runoff to Union County Prosecuting Attorney Beryl Anthony, Jr. He was Elected Lieutenant Governor in 1980 and served one term under Republican Governor Frank White and three terms under Democrat Bill Clinton before being elected Attorney General in 1990. He won a close race for the post over future Congressman and Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson, and was reelected in 1994 over State Representative (and future U.S. Senator) Mark Pryor.

While serving as Attorney General, Bryant waged two separate campaigns for the United States Senate. In 1996, he ran for the seat being vacated by Senator David Pryor. He received the Democratic nomination in a close runoff primary against State Senator and Future University of Central Arkansas President Lu Hardin, but lost in a close race to Republican Congressman Tim Hutchinson. When Arkansas's other senator, Dale Bumpers, retired before the 1998 election, Bryant once again ran in the Democratic primary. He placed second in the initial balloting, and lost the run-off to former Representative Blanche Lincoln who went on to defeat Republican state Senator Fay Boozman in the general election.After his defeat by Lincoln, he finished his term as Attorney General and retired to his law practice in Malvern.

Career chronology[edit]

  • U.S. Army, rank of Captain (1963–65)
  • Arkansas Insurance Commission Attorney (1966)
  • Assistant U. S. Attorney Eastern District of Arkansas (1967)
  • Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator John L. McClellan in Washington, D. C. (1968–1971)
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Hot Spring County, Arkansas (1971–72)
  • State Representative Hot Spring County (1973–77)
  • Arkansas Secretary of State (1977–78)
  • Member of the Arkansas Constitutional Convention from Hot Spring County (1979)
  • Arkansas Lt. Governor (1981–90)
  • Arkansas Attorney General (1991–99)

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Political offices
Preceded by
George O. Jernigan, Jr.
Secretary of State of Arkansas
1977 - 1979
Succeeded by
Paul Riviere
Preceded by
Joe Purcell
Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
January 19, 1981 - January 15, 1991
Succeeded by
Jim Guy Tucker
Legal offices
Preceded by
Steve Clark
Attorney General of Arkansas
January 15, 1991 - January 12, 1999
Succeeded by
Mark Pryor
Party political offices
Preceded by
David Pryor
Democratic Party nominee for United States Senator from Arkansas (Class 2)
1996
Succeeded by
Mark Pryor