Former Governor, U.S. Senator David Pryor hospitalized with COVID-19

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U.S. Senator David Pryor and his wife Barbara have tested positive for COVID-19

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced during his Monday press conference on COVID-19 in Arkansas saying former U.S. Senator David Pryor and his wife Barbara have tested positive for the virus.

Hutchinson said he spoke with former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor, David’s son about how to notify the public of the positive test and David still being in the hospital.

“Our prayers go with the Pryor family,” Hutchinson said. It just illustrates that no one is immune to the virus. We can all be careful. We can’t be too careful.”

“Our hearts go out to the Pryor family during this trying time and we offer our prayers and support to help in whatever way we can. I know that for many of us in Arkansas the Pryor’s have always held a special place in defining Arkansas values and what it means to put others before self. That spirit is exactly what’s needed today, as we continue to see this nationwide crisis hit closer and closer to home,” said D.P.A. Chairman Michael John Gray. “We all need to take some responsibility for taking care of our communities, wear a mask, and make sure we are looking out for each other and doing what’s right so we can get through this together.”

David was elected to State representative in 1960 and reelected in 1962 and 1964.

August 9, 1966, David was elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-ninth Congress by special election to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Oren Harris and at the same time elected to the Ninetieth Congress.

David served as Governor of Arkansas 1975-1979; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1978; reelected in 1984 and 1990 and served from January 3, 1979, to January 3, 1997.


State Senator Joyce Elliott (D)

“I am heartbroken to hear about Barbara Pryor and Senator David Pryor testing positive for COVID-19. As David is in the hospital, I will pray for him and do whatever I can to provide support—as I’m sure his family, friends, and countless Arkansans are as well. 

“As David’s friend of many years, I saw him always put others before himself, and now he needs us. Each of us can do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is another reminder of how serious COVID-19 is, and we all need to do our part, wear a mask, and keep our distance.”

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