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Former Texarkanian Sarah Huckabee Sanders elected first female governor of Arkansas - following in father's footsteps

Nov 9, 2022

 

Republican Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who spent early years in Texarkana, has been elected Governor of Arkansas with approximately 60% of the vote - beating Democrat Chris Jones easily.

Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Governor and Beech Street Baptist Church pastor Mike Huckabee, declared victory with a bold speech on Tuesday night.

Governor-elect Sanders is the former press secretary for President Donald Trump. The former president endorsed Sanders early and remained proud of his endorsement throughout the campaign.

Sanders announced in mid-September that she had undergone surgery for Stage 1 thyroid cancer and said she is now cancer free.

The cancer diagnosis took Sanders off the campaign trail, but the public - especially conservatives - rallied around the next Governor of Arkansas.

Sanders and her family remain friends with many Texarkana residents who have supported the family since her father, Mike Huckabee, unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate in 1992 - but later won the race for Lt. Governor and later ascended to the Governor's mansion following the legal troubles of Gov.  Jim Guy Tucker.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. She married her husband Bryan in 2010, and the couple has three children.

Photo: Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign photo - Facebook

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