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Gov. to make appointments if elected officials vacate office

The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock (Source: KAIT) The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock (Source: KAIT)
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R) Arkansas (Source: senate.gov) U.S. Senator Tom Cotton (R) Arkansas (Source: senate.gov)
Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office) Leslie Rutledge (Source: Attorney General's Office)
LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) -

While there’s speculation whether two elected officials in Arkansas are up for consideration in Donald Trump’s administration, there’s a plan in place if one or both get selected.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and U.S. Senator Tom Cotton have met with the president-elect’s transition team.

According to a KATV report, it's believed Rutledge is being considered for the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Meanwhile, Senator Cotton is being considered for Secretary of Defense.

According to amendment 29 of the Arkansas Constitution, if an elected official leaves their position, the governor appoints a new person, who would fulfill that term until the next election.

For more on this story and if Governor Asa Hutchinson is ready to make those appointments, click here.

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