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In November of 1966, Pryor was elected to fill the unexpired term of a congressman and went on to serve three full terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.In 1974 Pryor was elected Governor of Arkansas and held the position for four years.
In 1979 Pryor
was elected to the United States Senate
.He served as chairman of the Agricultural Production and Stabilization of Prices subcommittee.Pryor also served on and chaired the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
position as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Pryor
"Taxpayer Bill of Rights" which was enacted in 1988.During his tenure, Pryor also served as Secretary of the Democratic Conference, was third in the Senate Democratic leadership and served as a member of the Senate Democratic Steering Committee.
News & Politics | Mark of the Pryors | By Doug Smith | November 9, 2001
N Mark Pryor , 38 , is the middle of David and Barbara Pryor's three sons , and the only politician of the group.
...Two years later , Pryor was elected governor
two terms in the legislature were not remarkable.Indeed , they were disappointing to some.He
seemed to be well liked , but he
was not one of the more active or influential legislators , and such bills as he
sponsored or co-sponsored were comparatively minor matters of little general interest - cleaning up the legal language in old statutes , that sort of thing.In one of its biennial assessments of legislators , the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette put Pryor
in its dreaded furniture category , outraging some of Pryor's friends.
I thought that was unfair , Pryor
said.I passed 30 pieces of legislation that session.I always thought I got punished because I wasn't a showboat , I didn't toot my own horn , I didn't cultivate the press..That's not just loser talk.Insufficient cultivation of the press is often a factor in these highly subjective ratings.
A couple of veteran Democratic legislators who served in the House with Pryor thought the furniture label was probably unfair , although one remembered Pryor
as being kind of disengaged..Both said his
name had inspired high expectations.