Former AR Congressman Jay Dickey Dies at 77

LITTLE ROCK, Ark,   --  Former Arkansas Congressman Jay Dickey has died.

That's according to political analyst Bill Vickery.

Dickey, who was a republican from Pine Bluff, was our 4th district congressman from 1993-2001.

Jay Dickey was 77 years old.

Statements from Arkansas Republicans on Dickey's passing:

“Jay Dickey was a trailblazer in Arkansas politics, becoming the first Republican elected to represent the Fourth Congressional District. During his four terms in Congress, Jay advocated for the people of Arkansas as a member of the Appropriations Committee and stood for small town values during his time in Washington. Jay was more than a congressman. He was a dedicated public servant for decades before running for the Fourth District seat, holding the positions of Pine Bluff city attorney and justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. But above all, he was devoted to his family and was a man of faith. I mourn Jay's passing and will keep his family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.” - Rep. Bruce Westerman, 4th District Congressman

“Congressman Jay Dickey was a devoted public servant who dedicated himself to the people of Arkansas. He loved his state and was an unapologetic statesman who worked for its betterment. Jay was very helpful and kind to me in many ways when I became a congressman. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. Jay left a legacy of faith and example that they can be proud of.” - Sen. John Boozman

“Jay became a good friend and a trusted source of counsel during my first campaign for his old congressional district. He was a good man and a man of deep faith. Jay was one of a kind and we're richer as individuals and as a state for having had him in our lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Jay’s family and friends.” - U.S. Senator Tom Cotton

“It is a sad day for our state; Congressman Dickey was a great public servant who made many contributions to Arkansas and our Nation as a whole. I always loved his irrepressible enthusiasm for lower Arkansas, and no one worked harder for his constituents than Jay. We are all fortunate to have had someone with such a strong character be a leader for our state, and Martha and I send our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.” - Congressman French Hill (AR-02) 

“Jay was one of those unique people who loved life and everyone around him. I had the privilege of serving with Jay in Congress, and I have never seen anyone who was so determined to fight for the people in his district. He made friends easily, and he stuck by them. I played basketball with Jay in the House gym, where, like everywhere else in his life, he was a competitor. He will be missed.” - Governor Asa Hutchinson

“It would be hard to find a kinder man who enjoyed nothing more than traveling the Fourth Congressional District, telling stories and visiting with the people he represented than Jay Dickey. No matter the job he held or where it took him, Jay never forgot his south Arkansas roots. During his time in Congress, he worked tirelessly to help the Fourth Congressional District grow and prosper and to help solve any challenge facing his constituents. Jay was a man of deep faith, and I know he met his Lord and Savior when he left us on this earth. May God bring comfort and peace to Jay’s family and friends and all those across Arkansas who loved and knew him.” - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge 

‪“Congressman Dickey was a man of great faith in God and his personal savior Jesus Christ. He worked tirelessly for the betterment of the people of the 4th Congressional District in Arkansas.‬ ‪He was a friend to many and his leadership will be missed by all who knew him.”‬ - Doyle Webb, Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman

‪“Fmr Congressman close friend for 37 yrs and duck hunting pal Jay Dickey died last nite. Strong believer and good man. Wonderful family. Sad.”‬ - Former Governor Mike Huckabee

‪“I first met Jay Dickey at the University of Arkansas. We were in undergraduate school and law school at the same time. From that time to the last time I saw him he always had a smile and good wish for everyone. We both served in Congress, but we shared many times that meant more to us than that. It was a joy to be around him. He will be remembered for a long, long time. Rest in peace, old friend.”‬ - Former Second District Congressman Ed Bethune

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