Senator Pryor was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2017. In November 2017, he was elected by the Board to serve as Vice Chair for 2018.
Senator Mark Pryor is an attorney and former Attorney General of Arkansas, who served as a U.S. Senator for 12 years. He earned a reputation as a voice of reason for having brought Democrats and Republicans and competing interests together to find common ground and to get things done. Currently, he is a partner at Venable LLP in Washington, D.C., serving as the Chair of the Legislative and Government Affairs and State Attorneys General practice group.
During his time in the Senate, Senator Pryor helped build consensus on critical Senate panels, including the Appropriations, Commerce, Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Ethics Committees. Senator Pryor often built bipartisan coalitions to overcome stalemates, most notably on nominations, government spending, and energy policy.
Senator Pryor began his career in public service in 1990 as a member of the Arkansas State House of Representatives. In 1998, he was elected Arkansas’s Attorney General, making him the youngest chief law-enforcement officer in the nation. As Attorney General, he led efforts to toughen laws against drunk drivers, protect children on the internet, and establish the Morgan Nick Alert System, which helps to locate missing and exploited children. Senator Pryor grew up around the law, politics, and policy as the son of a U.S. Senator and Arkansas Governor, living in both Arkansas and Washington, D.C. Senator Pryor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Arkansas.