Jonesboro Native Elected as Arkansas' New Attorney General

NOVEMBER 8, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:00 P.M. CST

JONESBORO, AR -- It's been a fast track for Jonesboro native Dustin McDaniel. His career in public service began as a local police officer. Soon after a short stint in law enforcement, he became a partner in the law firm, McDaniel and Wells in Jonesboro. Next, moving right up the ladder, he was elected to serve as State Representative for the 75th District.

"Things have moved quickly. Politics is like stand-up comedy. It's all about timing. You've got to be able to know when the timing is right, be willing to take some chances, and you've just got to work really, really hard and don't ever think that some luck doesn't play into it. We were lucky at times and I'm really, really grateful for it," says McDaniel.

Now, at the young age of 34, the people of Arkansas have chosen McDaniel to serve in one of Arkansas' highest constitutional offices.

"I think that when I'm sworn in I'll be the youngest Attorney General in the United States and so that carries a great responsibility, but we've had those before. Bill Clinton was the youngest Attorney General in the United States when he took office in Arkansas," says

As with many campaigns, offensive ads were everywhere and McDaniel says this race wasn't an exception.

"There was some negative campaigning that went on that was unfortunate, but we stayed about that. We stayed positive and the people of Northeast Arkansas know my values, know my character, and know that I will represent the values of the people of Arkansas," says McDaniel.

A philosophy, he says played in his favor, Arkansas' new Attorney General.

"It was a very exciting time. All I can say is how grateful and honored I am by this opportunity. I have promised the people of Northeast Arkansas and all over the state that I will work hard to serve with dignity and honor and to live up to their faith and their expectations, and that's what I'm going to do," says McDaniel.

McDaniel will be sworn into office on January 9, 2007 at the state capitol.