In this episode of Because it Is, Preston talks with Arkansas State Senator Clarke Tucker and State Representative Fredrick Love about the redistricting legislation being passed at both a state and federal level and its disparate racial impact. Senator Tucker is a practicing attorney specializing in litigation. He was elected this year to the state senate. Representative Love is the Director of Community Services for Pulaski County and is serving his sixth term as state representative. This is sure to be an informative and insightful listen!

Senator Clarke Tucker has been in private practice since 2008, where his primary area of practice has been litigation. In addition to his practice, Mr. Tucker serves as an Arkansas State Senator and has since 2021.

Clarke was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 2003, he earned an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, where he served as the student president of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, a non-partisan organization founded by the Kennedy family in 1966 to inspire young people into careers of politics and public service.  He received his law degree in 2006 from the University of Arkansas, where he graduated magna cum laude and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. After receiving his license to practice law in 2006, Clarke served as a law clerk for the Honorable J. Leon Holmes of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas from 2006 to 2008. 

Clarke formerly served as a State Representative in the Arkansas General Assembly from 2015 through 2018. Clarke served on the committee for Judiciary and as the Chairperson of the Courts/Civil Law Permanent Subcommittee of the Judiciary Committee. Clarke is active at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, where he has served on the Vestry, as Chancellor, and as Senior Warden. Clarke also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Just Communities of Arkansas and of the Arkansas Imagination Library, and he is the founder of the Pulaski County Imagination Library.

Representative Frederick Love is the Arkansas State Representative for the 93rd General Assembly. Rep. Love serves on the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Committee on Advanced Communication and Information Technology, the House Education Committee, and the House State Agencies and Govt’l Affairs Committee. 

A graduate of Joe T. Robinson High School, Mr. Love, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He has also earned a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Public Health from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and attended the Harvard Kennedy School for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.  

Rep. Love is the Director of Community Services for Pulaski County. He is a member of the board of Economics Arkansas and the Arkansas Discovery Network.  He also serves on the Pulaski County Child and Youth Services Advisory Board, where he is parliamentarian. He is also the Past Master with the Prince Hall Masonic Order.

Rep. Love and his wife, ShaRhonda, attend Greater Second Baptist Church. They have a son Fredrick II.

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