LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Representative Charles Blake announced Thursday morning that he is resigning his seat in the House. 

The House Minority Leader said he is resigning his seat to explore other career opportunities. 

Blake was first elected in 2014 and named House Minority Leader in 2018. He also served as a campaign advisor to Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and was part of Scott’s mayoral transition team.

Democratic Party of Arkansas released a statement following Blake’s announcement.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is applauding Minority Leader Charles Blake for his leadership in the Arkansas Legislature, as he prepares to step down and pursue the next service chapter of his life.

“Minority Leader Charles Blake has made Arkansas better for all of us. In his three terms, Blake took on the hardest fights and delivered, including the unthinkable like ensuring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is honored alone on the calendar. When it came to tax relief, education, and criminal justice reform, Rep. Blake could be counted on to put Arkansas first,” said Chairman Michael John Gray. “I consider Charles a close friend and his positive demeanor and influence will be missed.”