U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) will be running for reelection in the 2022 election.
Boozman announced his intention to seek reelection on Saturday, March 6. Boozman is serving his second-term in the U.S. Senate and is the senior senator from Arkansas.
“Now more than ever Arkansas needs strong, conservative leadership in Washington. I am proud to be that leader,” Boozman said in a statement.
“As your senator, I will remain a tireless champion for Arkansas, our values and our freedoms. As the son of an Air Force Master Sergeant, I will always have the backs of our veterans and service members. I proudly stand with our law enforcement, defend our Second Amendment rights, and oppose the Left’s radical agenda seeking to silence our voices and fundamentally change our way of life. I will continue fighting for Arkansas’s working families and small businesses; and my efforts to support our farmers, ranchers and rural communities will take a backseat to no one.”
Boozman was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2010, defeating incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) and was reelected to office in 2016. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives, taking current Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s seat after Hutchinson departed to head the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
He serves as the ranking member on the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and is a member of the Committee on Appropriations, the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Congressional Study Group on Europe.
A Democratic Party challenger has not emerged yet for Boozman’s seat. In the 2020 election, Arkansas’ junior U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R) ran against Libertarian candidate Ricky Dale Harrington Jr. A Democratic candidate, Josh Mahony, exited the race two hours after the filing period closed in November 2019. In 2020, Cotton defeated Harrington by a 66.5 percent to 33.5 percent margin.
Multiple political analysts consider the 2022 Arkansas Senate race a lock for the Republican candidate. The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rated the 2022 race as a “Solid Republican” race, indicating that the race will likely not be competitive for opposing candidates.
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