Mark Pryor

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Mark Lunsford Pryor, a Democrat, has represented Arkansas in the United States Senate since 2002.


Record and controversies

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Organization 2007 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
2008 Scorecard
Score - Agree ratio
American Civil Liberties Union not avail. not avail.
American Conservative Union 12 - 3/25 not avail.
AFSCME 86 - 6/7 not avail.
Americans for Democratic Action 70 - 14/20 85 - 17/20
Club for Growth not avail. not avail.
Drum Major Institute not avail. not avail.
Family Research Council 22 - 2/9 22 - 2/9
Information Technology Industry Council 100 - 5/5 100 - 5/5
League of Conservation Voters not avail. 91 - 10/11
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People not avail. not avail.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 45 - 5/11 not avail.

Iraq War

On March 15, 2007, Pryor was one of two Democratic Senators who voted against a joint resolution to revise U.S. policy in Iraq. The measure failed 48-50. Later on March 27, he was the only Democrat to vote with Republicans in favor of an amendment to the Iraq supplemental spending bill that would have stripped the measure of its troop withdrawal deadline. The amendment was narrowly defeated 48-50. He later voted with all Democrats in passing the final spending bill, which passed the Senate 51-47.

Main article: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007 (H.R.1591)
For more information see the chart of U.S. Senate votes on the Iraq War.

Environmental record

For more information on environmental legislation, see the Energy and Environment Policy Portal

Oil Record

Mark Pryor has voted in favor of big oil companies on 67% of important oil-related bills,according to Oil Change International. These bills include Iraq War funding, climate change studies, clean energy, and oil import reductions. [1] See below for oil money in politics.

Gang of 14

On May 23, 2005, Pryor was one of fourteen senators to forge a compromise on the Democrats' use of the judicial filibuster, thus blocking the Republican leadership's attempt to implement the so-called "nuclear option". Under the agreement, the Democrats would retain the power to filibuster a Bush judicial nominee only in an "extraordinary circumstance", and the three most conservative Bush appellate court nominees (Janice Rogers Brown, Priscilla Owen and William H. Pryor, Jr.) would receive a vote by the full Senate.


Pryor was born January 10, 1963 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He earned his B.A in History from the University of Arkansas in 1985 and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas in 1988. He worked as an attorney in private practice for more than ten years before being elected to office. He was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1991-1998 and served as the Arkansas Attorney General from 1999-2002. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2000. He is the son of former Senator and governor David H. Pryor.

Pryor defeated incumbent Republican Tim Hutchinson in 2002 to gain his seat. He was the only Democrat to defeat a Republican incumbent in that election cycle.

Pryor is one of the few Democrats in the Senate to oppose legal abortion.

2008 elections

This information was gathered by volunteer researchers as part of the Superdelegate Transparency Project on the superdelegates for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. For more info see the Arkansas superdelegate tracker or visit the STP homepage.

Before Hillary Clinton conceded the race, Mark Pryor, as a superdelegate, had endorsed her for President.

Money in politics

This section contains links to – and feeds from – money in politics databases. For specific controversies, see this article's record and controversies section.

Top Contributors to during the 2008 Election Cycle
DonorAmount (US Dollars)
Simmons Law Firm$ 67,200
Entergy Corp$ 60,900
Nix, Patterson & Roach$ 50,600
Comcast Corp$ 43,150
FedEx Corp$ 40,750
State of Arkansas$ 39,600
University of Arkansas$ 37,900
Tyson Foods$ 34,650
Cox Enterprises$ 30,250
WilmerHale LLP$ 29,700
Source: The Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Note: Contributions are not from the organizations themselves, but are rather from
the organization's PAC, employees or owners. Totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Links to more campaign contribution information for Mark Pryor
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals

Oil Money in Politics

Mark Pryor has received $89,750 in oil contributions during the 110th congress. $38,000 of those dollars were from industry PACS. [2] In total, Pryor has accepted $134,400 from oil companies since 2000, which makes him one of the top recipients of oil money in the United States Senate. [3] See above for oil and energy voting record.

Committees and Affiliations


Committees in the 110th Congress (2007-2008)

Committee assignments in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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More Background Data

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DC office
  • 255 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510
    Ph: 202-224-2353 Fax: 202-228-0908
    Webform email
District offices
  • The River Market, Suite 401, 500 Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201
    Ph: 501-324-6336 Fax: (none entered)
On the Web
Campaign office
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