Huckabee Names Tommy Robinson to State Board

OCTOBER 12, 2005 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Former congressman Tommy Robinson, who was placed in involuntary bankruptcy by a judge last month, has been named to the state Rural Development Commission by Governor Huckabee.

Robinson is to serve on the panel until the end of 2009.

Filings in bankruptcy court showed Robinson has claims against him totaling more than $3.5 million.

Robinson has blamed his family's financial problems on a long-running dispute with his partners in an east Arkansas hunting lodge.  He said he and his wife have been paying personal debts and that he wants to pay back all of his undisputed debts.

Robinson was elected to the Second District Congressional seat in 1984 as a Democrat.  He switched parties to run for governor as a Republican in 1990, losing to Sheffield Nelson in the Republican primary.  Nelson was eventually defeated by then-Governor Bill Clinton.

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