December 30, 2002
Posted at: 11:34 a.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Leon Johnson will make Arkansas history, even though he will spend fewer than two weeks as state attorney general.
Johnson, who is black, was named yesterday by Governor Mike Huckabee to the interim post. Mark Pryor will leave office early to be sworn as a Senator in Washington. Mike Beebe will become attorney general on January 14.
On Friday, Johnson will begin his brief tenure in the post. Huckabee says he hopes Johnson's service will set an important precedent, and hopes it will break down some barriers.
The Little Rock lawyer was also a Huckabee appointee to a circuit court judgeship in 2000 when he oversaw much of the case to disbar then-President Clinton.