Governor expresses sympathy over former state senator’s death

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Governor Asa Hutchinson is expressing his sympathy over the death of a former state senator.

Speaking on KARK 4 Today during an interview about Arkansas River flooding, Hutchinson talked about the death of Linda Collins-Smith, whose body was found at her home in Randolph County on Tuesday.

“It’s an incredible loss of a human life who’s served the public and an office and that has continued to be engaged in public affairs but she’s also a family person and it’s just a great loss. So, we express our sympathies there and we’re awaiting more details in the state police investigation,” Gov. Hutchinson said.

Our content partner NEA Report has reported that Collins-Smith had been shot and her death is being investigated as suspicious.

Collins-Smith, a Republican, was a former member of the Arkansas State Senate, representing District 19. 

She was defeated in the primary on May 22, 2018. She had first been elected in 2014. 

On Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Hutchinson issued this official statement on her death:
“I’m both stunned and saddened by the death of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith. She was a good person who served in the public arena with passion and conviction. The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued a statement following the news on the passing of former Senator Linda Collins.

“I was shocked and saddened to learn of Linda’s tragic death,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Always a stalwart conservative, Linda was dedicated to serving Arkansans and was a dear friend to so many. Boyce and I send our deepest prayers and sympathy to Linda’s family and friends.”

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