Chief Executive Officer

Organization: Southern Bancorp

Profession: Chief Executive Officer


Darrin L. Williams is an American lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Arkansas. A member of the Democratic Party, Williams is a former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 36. He was term-limited and ineligible to run for re-election in 2014. He was House Speaker Pro Tempore for the term from 2013 to 2015.

Williams is from Little Rock, Arkansas. When Williams was a teenager, Bill Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, appointed him to a school consolidation board. He attended Little Rock Central High School and was student body president in 1986. He then received his bachelor's degree from Hendrix College, his Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and his juris doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law. During this time, he worked as an intern for Bill McCuen, the Secretary of State of Arkansas, and David Pryor, then a member of the United States Senate. Williams worked as a deputy director of the Democratic National Committee during the Clinton presidency.

Williams worked for Mark Pryor as his chief of staff, while Pryor was Attorney General of Arkansas, and as his deputy attorney general. He ran for the Arkansas House in Pulaski County for the first time in 2008. He is a partner at the law firm Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman, and is the CEO of Southern Bancorp Inc.

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