Preston Bynum

Preston Bynum
Arkansas State Representative
for Benton County
In office
January 1, 1969 - December 31, 1980
Preceded byJim Sheets
Succeeded byJerry E. Hinshaw
Personal details
Born Preston Conrad Bynum
(1939-06-08) June 8, 1939 (age 78)
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ann Bailey


Preston Conrad Bynum (given birth to June 8, 1939) is a lobbyist in Small Rock and roll, Arkansas, who served being a Republican person in the Arkansas Home of Reps from January 1969 to Dec 1980.

Political career

Bynum was a car seller in Siloam Springs, Arkansas when he was elected towards the Arkansas legislature. Bynum been successful fellow Republican Jim Bedding and became among just four Republicans in the 100-member HouseDuring his third term inside your home from 1973 to 1974, Bynum was the only Republican in the chamber. In 1974, he announced that he'd work for governor but withdrew, as well as the nomination visited Ken Coon. He ultimately offered as the older Republican member as well as the minority party innovator of the home.Bynum didn't look for reelection in 1980 but instead served while chief of personnel to Governor Frank D. White colored after White turned his affiliation from Democrat to Republican. Bynum and Home colleague Carolyn Pollan of Fort Smith ready the state spending budget by retaining earlier figures through the Expenses Clinton administration but with 5 percent across-the-board slashes.


After departing office, Bynum began an effective business and lobbying career. He displayed several major Arkansas customers through his Phoenix Expense Group, Inc., of Small Rock. He's a member from the Association of CONTRACTORS. He obtained many clients, like the Northwest Arkansas Community University in Bentonville. NWACC chief executive Becky Paneitz stated that she "wanted and received only positive opinions" prior to the organization employed Bynum: "He's very well respectable in the halls from the Condition Capitol, he's a highly effective lobbyist, and he'll do a great work representing the college's passions." Bynum was called to the federal government affairs group from the curiosity group, the Arkansas Self-employed Automobile Sellers Association.Previous state senator Jim Keet described Bynum as “highly regarded and perceived to be always a straight-shooter. He's a very educated advocate for the passions he represents and it is well known among legislators nearly universally."

Legal troubles

While employed being a lobbyist for the expenditure banking firm Stephens, Inc., Bynum was indicted for bribery in January 1995 with a federal government grand jury. The U.S. federal government billed that Bynum paid Terry Duwayne Busbee, a commissioner from the Electricity Power of Escambia State, Florida, to steer bond-underwriting business to Stephens, Inc. 8 weeks afterwards, Bynum pleaded guilty to an individual count number of bribery.Under a plea bargain, he was fined $25,000 and given a two-year federal jail sentence. He was additional forbidden to represent customers in the securities business for the others of his lifestyle. Bynum reported to federal government jail in July 1995. In nov 1996, he was permitted to surface finish his sentence on the St. Francis Home, a halfway service in Little Rock and roll. He was presented with usage of his outdated offices at Stephens, Inc., to get ready for his potential employment. He premiered on July 1, 1998.Upon discharge, Bynum resumed lobbying actions. He continues to be credited with acquiring the passing of legislation, accepted for legal reasons enforcement generally, to create it legal for Arkansans to maintain possession of kitchen knives employed for self-defense.

Personal life

Bynum married the past Ann Bailey. Biography portal Arkansas portal Politics portal Business and Economics portal Baptist portal Politics offices Preceded by Wayne Lee "Jim" Bedding Arkansas State Consultant for Benton CountyPreston Conrad Bynum 1969–1980 Succeeded by Jerry E. Hinshaw