Today, L.J. Bryant of Grubbs filed for and announced his candidacy for Arkansas State Representative, District 52. Bryant said that his campaign will focus on the encouragement of job creation and economic growth in Northeast Arkansas. District 52 includes portions of Poinsett, Jackson, Craighead, and Independence Counties.
Bryant grew up in Weiner and Grubbs and owns four Tax and Accounting firms in Jonesboro, along with a working farm in Poinsett County. He currently serves as Director of Economic Development for the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, where he has been extremely active in attracting new business and industry to the area.
“It is a great honor to serve the communities that I grew up in—especially in the area of helping to create jobs here”. Bryant stated. “The people of this part of the state have been such an important part of shaping my life and career, to be able to give back to them now is extremely gratifying.
“The need for better and higher paying jobs has never been more critical than right now. For me to have such a foundation of not only making a steady payroll for years, but to have the experience of being a leader in economic development, places me in the perfect position to be the next State Representative for this District.” Bryant continued.
Bryant’s father was killed on-the-job when L.J. was just 11 years old, causing him to have to grow up rather quickly. Having no other siblings, L.J. began mowing yards to help generate family income for his mom and himself. As a 15 year-old teenager, he became interested in politics and secured a job at the Democratic Party field office in Jonesboro. Only 5 years later, at the ripe old age of 20, Bryant landed a job as a staff employee for the Arkansas State Senate. Soon he was appointed as Legislative Liaison to the President of the State Senate, helping to write laws that would later be passed by the state legislature.
In 2010, Bryant was named by Arkansas Business to their “20 In Their 20’s” list, which recognized 20 intriguing business and political leaders under the age of 30. He was selected by the Arkansas Democrat Gazette as “One to Watch” in their list of most influential Arkansans. He formed the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Jackson County and is a former Lay Leader of the First United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Hendrix College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.