State Senator Jim Hendren announces decision to leave Republican Party


BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – State Senator Jim Hendren announced on Thursday his decision to leave the Republican Party and become an Independent.

Hendren, an Arkansas state senator representing District 2 in Northwest Arkansas, announced his decision in a statement posted to Twitter.

“Having spent 4 years as @ARHouseCaucus GOP leader, 4 years as the @ARSenateGOP leader and last 2 years as @ArkansasSenate President, it was not an easy decision to leave the @GOP but today I announce I’m leaving to become an Independent,” Hendren said.

Hendren has spent the last two years as Arkansas Senate president.

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