June 11, 2024 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Statehouse Convention Center Little Rock
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Melissa Moody

Melissa Moody
Chief of Staff
Arkansas Attorney General's Office
Little Rock
At 35, Melissa Moody has more campaign experience than many politicos twice her age.

It began with an internship with Sen. David Pryor in 1994. After graduating from college in 1996, she worked for Sen. Dale Bumpers. She has worked on four political
campaigns: Mark Pryor's campaign for state Attorney General in 1998 and his race for the U.S. Senate in 2002, Gen. Wesley Clark's 2003-04 campaign for the Democratic nomination for president and, as campaign manager, Dustin McDaniel's race in 2006 for state Attorney General.

After Pryor was elected AG, Moody returned to Arkansas from Washington, D.C., to serve as assistant to Pryor's chief of staff.

In 2000, she entered the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, attending evening classes. After Pryor won his Senate race, Moody completed her law degree.

Upon graduation, it was back to D.C. and Pryor, this time to his Senate office. "It's a winding road," Moody said, laughing. That road eventually led her back to Arkansas to serve as McDaniel's chief of staff.

"I'm kind of proud of the fact that I've worked for three U.S. senators and two attorneys general," she said.

Moody's focus stems from fatherly advice: "get a vision" and "explore your options." Her work on these goals, she said, is an ongoing journey.

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