About The Speaker
On January 1, 1995, Jim Dailey was sworn in as the first popularly-elected Mayor of the City of Little Rock in over 38 years. Prior to his mayoral term, Dailey had served as a member of the Little Rock Board of Directors since January of 1989. After his reelection in 1992, the members of the Board chose him as Mayor.

In 1973, Mayor Dailey began his career in public life by serving on the Little Rock Board of Directors. After one term, Dailey left the public sector to concentrate on the family’s office supply business. In 1980, he was elected President of the National Office Products Association, the first and only Arkansan to hold this position.

As Mayor of Little Rock, Dailey worked closely with the Board of Directors in overseeing the development and implementation of two community-wide collaborative efforts: FUTURE-Little Rock and Vision Little Rock. These efforts have led to the creation of a comprehensive vision and related action plan for Little Rock’s first ten years of the new millennium.

In 1998, with support from Mayor Dailey, the Mayor’s Youth Council was formed as a result of America’s Promise. The Youth Council is a community-based youth organization that promotes youth volunteerism and provides community service projects each month. The Council represents 18 public and private schools in Little Rock with over 100 members in grades 9-12.

Dailey is the immediate past President of the Arkansas Municipal League. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, Metroplan, Communities in Schools, Arkansas BioVentures and New Futures. Dailey is the past Vice-Chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) Steering Committee on Information, Technology, and Communications and was appointed to the NLC Board of Directors and the Municipalities in Transition on Public Finance recently. He has also been appointed to serve as Chair for the Intergovernmental Advisory Committee for the FCC.

The Mayor graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was born July 31, 1942 in Little Rock and has been married to Patti Murphy since 1965. They have two daughters, two sons and six grandchildren├ľa set of quadruplets, plus two.