David J. Sanders

Business Development/Columnist

Johnson Controls Inc./Stephens Media Group

Little Rock

David J. Sanders

David Sanders has stopped identifying himself as a Republican, but he is definitely a conservative voice in his role as a columnist for Stephens Media Group and as a commentator on AETN's "Arkansas Week" program and KUAR-FM, 89.1.

Sanders' columns appear twice a week in the Pine Bluff Commercial, The Morning News at Springdale and the Southwest Times-Record at Fort Smith, and on www.arkansasnews.com.

A native of Walnut Ridge, Sanders has long been fascinated with politics.

"I remember the election returns of 1980. I was five," Sanders said.

He served two terms as state chairman of the College Republicans while attending Ouachita Baptist University at Arkadelphia. Since graduating in 1997, he has worked as an aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee, as communications director for Fay Boozman's 1998 Senate campaign, as legislative liaison for Arkansas Electrical Cooperatives Inc. and as production editor for the defunct Arkansas Review. For the past two years, he has been in charge of business development for the Arkansas health care services division of Johnson Controls Inc.

"I used to want to [run for office], but I don't anymore. Business is too much fun, and it's too much fun just writing about politicians," he said.