LITTLE ROCK — Former U.S. Sen. and Arkansas Gov. David Pryor is recovering from surgery after suffering a stroke Monday, the University of Arkansas said Tuesday.
The university, which Pryor serves as a Board of Trustees member, said in a news release that Pryor was taken to a local hospital Monday and underwent surgery that “appears to have been successful.”
Pryor’s son, former U.S. Sen Mark Pryor, said in a statement Tuesday, “Our whole family is very grateful for the care our dad has received, and we are hopeful for a full and quick recovery.
“We know that the next 48 hours are critical in my father’s care and therefore respectfully ask that you honor our family’s request for much needed privacy and refrain from any calls or visits at this time. We will issue another statement in the upcoming days and in the interim just humbly ask for your simple prayers.”
Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the Arkansas News Bureau on Tuesday, “Susan and I have been in prayer for David and the family. He’s such an asset for the state. He’s someone that has served us faithfully as governor and as senator and now as a University of Arkansas Board of Trustees (member), and we want him to be able to continue to serve.”
U.S. Sen. Boozman, R-Ark., said in a statement, “I’m very saddened to hear the news about David Pryor, whose legacy of service to the people of Arkansas during his time as governor and as a U.S. senator is undeniable. Cathy and I are praying for his full and speedy recovery and encourage every Arkansan to keep the Pryor family in their thoughts and prayers.”
Pryor, a Democrat, was Arkansas’ 39th governor, serving from 1975 to 1979. He was an Arkansas House member from 1960 to 1966, a member of the U.S. House from 1966 to 1973 and a U.S. senator from 1979 to 1997.
Pryor also is founding dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service and serves on the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
In 2009, then-Gov. Mike Beebe appointed Pryor to a 10-year term on the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees.