LITTLE ROCK — House Speaker Davy Carter said Friday his post-session plans include considering a possible bid for governor.
Talking to reporters after the 100-day legislative session wrapped up on Tuesday, Carter, R-Cabot, said he has been approached about throwing his hat into the ring but has been too busy with the session to consider it.
"I’m going to go home and catch my breath, get my mind clear, get out of the marble walls and get back to reality for a little time and then just go from there," he said, adding, "I wouldn’t tell you I hadn’t had the thought."
Carter just led the House through a historic session that saw Republicans in the majority for the first time in 138 years. He was one of the principal proponents of the private option for expanding health care coverage in the state, which passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Mike Beebe.
Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman have announced as candidates for the Republican nomination for governor in 2014. Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross have said they will seek the Democratic nomination.
Beebe, a Democrat, is prevented by term limits from seeking a third term.