Rep. Darrin Williams is serving in his third term in the Arkansas General Assembly, representing District 36, which includes portions of central and southern Pulaski County. Rep. Williams currently serves as the Speaker Pro Tem for the House of Representatives.
During the 89th General Assembly, Rep. Williams serves on the Judiciary committee, the Insurance and Commerce committee, the Rules committee and on the Joint Budget Committee.
During the 88th General Assembly, Representative Williams served as chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He also served on the House Rules Committee and the House Committee on Aging, Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs. In addition, Rep. Williams was on the Arkansas Legislative Council; the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee; the Code Revision Commission, and the Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force.
For the 87th General Assembly, Rep. Williams served on the Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee; the House Committee on Education; the House Judiciary Committee; the House Rules Committee, and the Arkansas Public School Desegregation Lawsuit Resolution Task Force.
During his tenure in the legislature, Rep. Williams been recognized locally and nationally for his progressive legislative work. Most recently he was selected as a 2013 Champion of Small Business by the National Capital Coalition. He was also named an Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership by the Aspen Institute and selected as one of 12 state legislators from around the country to be listed as a “Legislator to Watch” by Governing Magazine. Locally, Rep. Williams has been selected as the “Legislator of the Year” by the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arkansas Realtors Association and the Little Rock Landlord’s Association, and several other local organizations have honored him for his work including the Arkansas Municipal League, AARP, the Arkansas Assets Coalition and Arkansans Against Abusive Payday Lending.
Rep. Williams is the CEO of Southern Bancorp, Inc. (“Southern”). Southern is a family of a community development bank and a nonprofit affiliate that work in concert to revitalize underserved communities in the mid-South. With over $1 billion in assets, over 80,000 customers and 40 branches throughout the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Southern and its affiliates comprise one of the largest and most effective community development organizations in America that seeks to transform rural economies by creating new trends of investment in people, jobs, business and property.
Rep. Williams grew up and attended public schools in Little Rock. He graduated from Hendrix College; received his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and his Masters of Law in Securities & Financial Regulation from Georgetown University Law Center.
He is actively involved in many civic and community organizations, including serving on the board of KIPP Delta Public Schools, CARTI Foundation, Our House, the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, the LRCH Tiger Foundation and as a life member of the NAACP. Rep. Williams is married to his law school classmate, Nicole Sippial; they have a son, Darrin Jr. and a daughter, Payton. The family attends Central Church of Christ where Rep. Williams serves as a deacon and Bible schoolteacher.