Fayetteville’s David Whitaker Nationally Recognized For Legislative Leadership

Rep. David Whitaker knows what he’s doing in the Arkansas Legislature.

If you spend just a few minutes with Rep. Whitaker you’ll know that he takes being a state lawmaker very seriously. That’s why the Council of State Governments has honored Rep. Whitaker with the prestigious Henry Toll Fellowship to continue honing and sharing his leadership skills.

“The Toll Fellowship, named for CSG founder Henry Wolcott Toll, is one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials. Each year, the Toll Fellowship brings 48 of the nation’s top officials from all three branches of state government to Lexington, Ky., for an intensive five-day, ‘leadership boot camp.'”

Arkansas and the people of Fayetteville are in good hands with this lion of the Legislature. Whitaker has served in the Arkansas House of Representatives since 2013. He has garnered the trust and respect of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle.

Rep. Whitaker is no stranger to taking positions of leadership. He has served as House Minority Whip and House Minority Leader. The Fayetteville-based Representative is currently serving as co-chair of the powerful House Higher Education Subcommittee. Whitaker is also a Vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Advanced Communication and Information Technology.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Toll Fellowship program and to have this opportunity to continue improving my ability to serve the people of Washington County and Arkansas,” said Rep. Whitaker. “Leadership is not merely something that people are born with, it takes dedication and humility to be a true public servant. It is an honor to spend this time and to learn with legislators from across our great nation.”

Leadership of course isn’t limited to elected public office. Rep. Whitaker serves as a tenured delegate in the Arkansas Bar Association House of Delegates. He’s been an educator, assistant city attorney, members of the armed services, and coordinated a domestic violence task force.

Rep. Whitaker is at the forefront of leadership in the Arkansas Legislature. His time and experience as a Henry Toll Fellow is a benefit to Arkansas and his constituents.