LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (February 1, 2021) – Current Arkansas State Senator (District 8) and Senate Majority Whip Mathew W. Pitsch has announced his intent to seek election for Arkansas Treasurer. The election is scheduled for November 2022.
Pitsch was elected to the Arkansas State Senate in 2018 and also served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 2015 to 2018. He was named Senate Majority Whip in 2020 during the fiscal session. He is a conservative, small- business advocate, and successful economic developer.
Co-chairs for the campaign committee include Mike Carroll, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Keith Gibson, Arkansas State Highway Commission, and Bennie Westphal, Arkansas State Game & Fish Commission.
Senator Pitsch is the vice chair for the Senate Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs Committee and a member on the Senate Insurance and Commerce Committee and Senate Efficiency Committee. He is also a member of the Arkansas Legislative Council and Legislative Joint Auditing Committee and serves on several subcommittees. As well, he sits on the Senate Ethics Committee. In addition to the Senate Majority Whip position, Pitsch also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Sportsman’s Caucus.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to accomplish in the Senate and the House of Representatives during my time in office,” said Pitsch. “Arkansas is fortunate to have a strong financial strategy and outlook and it’s crucial we maintain our economic footing. Keeping Arkansas financially strong for its citizens is paramount.”
Pitsch’s primary focus will be on managing the state’s $4.5 billion investment portfolio as well as helping oversee things like the state’s college savings plan and state employee pensions. Additionally, he’ll continue promoting economic development, expanding and maintaining transportation infrastructure, and stimulating pro-growth economic policies for the state.
Pitsch earned his B.S. and M.S. in electrical engineering management from the University of Missouri in Rolla in 1985 and 1986, respectively. Senator Pitsch’s professional experience includes being Executive Director of Western Arkansas Intermodal Authority, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, Vice-President for Economic Development for the Greater Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Regional Education and Promotion Association.
Pitsch was born in Buffalo, Wyoming. He is married to Seanna and has four children, two sons and two daughters, and is an active member of the Lutheran church.