Key accepts lobbying job with UA System

LITTLE ROCK — State Sen. Johnny Key, R-Mountain Home, has accepted a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas System.

The UA System announced Wednesday that Key will serve as associate vice president for university relations, in which capacity he will help coordinate government relations for the system. His start date has not been determined, but it will be after his current Senate term ends, the university system said.

Arkansas law does not allow a former legislator to register as a lobbyist until at least one year after leaving office, but the university system said state law will allow Key to lobby without registration as a UA System employee.

Key previously applied for a lobbying job with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the University of Arkansas System and all of its campuses and units in this capacity,” Key stated in a news release. “I have always had a passion for improving our state’s educational system to benefit all Arkansans and I’m honored to have an opportunity to use that passion to advance higher education.”

Key has served in the state Senate since 2009.