Eddie Joe Williams

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Eddie Joe Williams
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 29th district
In office
January 10, 2011 – November 15, 2017
Preceded byBobby Glover
Succeeded byRicky Hill
Majority Leader of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Succeeded byJim Hendren
Mayor of Cabot, Arkansas
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 1, 2011
Preceded byMickey Stumbaugh
Succeeded byBill Cypert
Personal details
Born (1954-06-26) June 26, 1954 (age 67)
Sheridan, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)DeLona Ruby
ResidenceCabot, Arkansas, U.S.
Military service
AllegianceUnited States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service1972

Eddie Joe Williams (born June 26, 1954) is an American politician who served as a member of the Arkansas Senate for the 29th district from 2011 to 2017. During his tenure in the Senate, Williams served as majority leader.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Sheridan, Arkansas. He graduated from Sheridan High School in 1972.[1]


Williams served in the United States Army and worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for thirty years. He served on the Cabot Planning Commission and the Cabot City Council before he was elected three times as mayor. He faced a $500,000 deficit when he became mayor of Cabot, Arkansas.[2]

Williams is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative non-partisan, non-profit legislative association.[3] He and Andrea Lea, the current Arkansas state auditor, served at one time as the state co-chairs of the organization.[4] On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump appointed Williams as his federal representative to the Southern States Energy Board. Since leaving the Senate, Williams has served as senior legislative liaison to Governor Asa Hutchinson.[5]

In September 2021, Williams declared his candidacy for secretary of state of Arkansas in the 2022 election.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Williams and his wife, DeLona, have four daughters and seven grandchildren.[7]


  1. ^ "Eddie Williams' Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved September 22, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ Sharp, Elizabeth. "Eddie Joe Williams Cabot mayor making strides in fast-growing city". Arkansas Democrat.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "State Chairs - American Legislative Exchange Council".
  5. ^ "Health-WC Seminar – Arkansas Municipal League".
  6. ^ "Former Arkansas legislator running for secretary of state". AP NEWS. September 13, 2021. Retrieved September 22, 2021.
  7. ^ Williams, Eddie Joe. "official site". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.