Michael Booker


Michael Booker

Little Rock

Michael Booker

Michael Booker has successfully practiced law for about seven years, but it was his recent selection as the Democratic nominee for the District 56 House seat that he considers his greatest professional accomplishment.

If Booker gets past his Republican opponent, he hopes to focus on ensuring equity in the school funding formula, finding solutions to the problem of abandoned houses and passing legislation to establish mandatory minimum sentences for drive-by crimes. He also would like to develop expertise in economic development issues.

"My philosophy is to make an impact and have some fun doing it. That's what I try to do in both my personal and professional life," says Booker, who recently turned 36 and was married last month at the Governor's Mansion by Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.

The desire to make an impact is what drew him into politics, he says, and what may inspire him to eventually seek statewide office. Booker notes he can't recall an African-American who has held statewide political office and says such an election would be "highly significant."