LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Mike Beebe on Wednesday named Andrew Parker of Little Rock to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Parker, 37, is director of governmental affairs for the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and formerly served as Beebe’s liaison to the Game and Fish Commission and several other state agencies, boards and commissions. He replaces Ty Patterson of Texarkana.
“He is a fine, fine young man,” Beebe said during a news conference announcing the appointment at the Witt Stephens Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock. “He is somebody who has provided guidance and leadership in every position that he’s been in, somebody who has wisdom beyond his age, somebody who has a big old heart and the ability to make a contribution for many years to come for the people of Arkansas.”
Parker called the appointment “an immeasurable honor.” He said he is an Eagle Scout and since childhood has loved hunting and fishing, which he said are more than just recreational sports.
“They’re something that kids all across Arkansas, no matter where they live, should have an opportunity to experience,” Parker said. “The 600 and more people that work for the Game and Fish know this. They work daily to ensure that people of all ages and backgrounds have the opportunity to experience all the adventure the outdoors has to offer — the lessons it teaches, the traditions that are created and passed on.”
Parker told reporters he intends to work to promote activities in the outdoors, “particularly with kids,” because he believes they foster confidence, problem-solving skills and a desire to explore and learn new things.
Parker earned an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He also is a former attorney for the state Oil and Gas Commission.
He term will expire July 1, 2021.