Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s chief of staff says he is departing for “another professional opportunity.” Michael Lamoureux has held the position since the governor began his term in January 2015.
Previous to working in the governor’s office Lamoureux was President Pro Tem of the Arkansas Senate. His first term in the legislature began in 2004 and he served as House Minority leader before the state's great political transformation from Democratic to Republican control.
Last October Lamoureux's role as Senate leader fell under scrutiny when the Associated Press detailed $120,000 he received in consulting fees from an array of lobbyists in 2013.
In a statement Monday, Hutchinson credited his chief of staff with helping accomplish his legislative agenda. Lamoureux, hailing from Russellville, will step down at the end of this month.
A statement from the governor's office:
LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson issues a statement on the departure of Michael Lamoureux, Chief of Staff, who will continue his responsibilities until the end of May 2016.
Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:
“Michael has been an essential part of my team from the beginning, and I will greatly miss his counsel and strategic thinking. There are very few people who offer the same depth of state government experience as Michael, and his service as my Chief of Staff has proven key in accomplishing my legislative agenda. I wish him all the best in his future opportunities.”
Michael Lamoureux issued the following statement:
“I’ve been with Governor Hutchinson since the day after the election, and I am grateful for this experience. Serving under the governor has been a public honor and a privilege. Although I am leaving for another professional opportunity, I look forward to the continued success of his administration in the years to come.”