Darrin Williams

Chief of Staff to the Arkansas Attorney General

State of Arkansas

Little Rock

Darrin Williams

Darrin Williams Sr. didn’t hit the political big time at the ripe old age of 32.

He did that at 27.

The Little Rock lawyer and veteran political advisor had been an intern for former Secretary of State Bill McCuen and former U.S. Sen. David Pryor by the time he graduated from Hendrix College.

He’d finished a law degree at Vanderbilt University, was studying for a second at Georgetown University and was working as an attorney for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission when he was named a deputy director of the Democratic National Committee in 1995.

Five years later, he’s the first black chief of staff to a state constitutional officer — Attorney General Mark Pryor — and is Pryor’s top lobbyist.

“Dating back to high school, I’ve been interested in politics,” Williams said.

Selected an Earl Warren Legal Scholar by the NAACP, Williams serves on the informal advisory “kitchen cabinet” for the presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore and and on the board of directors of the Central High Museum and Visitors Center.