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Conner is a founding partner of Eldridge Brooks, a former United States Attorney, Chief Executive Officer of a $1 billion financial institution, and United States Senate candidate. As United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas from 2010-2015, Conner served as Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer, responsible for all federal criminal cases in 34 counties in Arkansas. In 2015, he was a member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Justice, which advises the Attorney General on behalf of the U.S. Attorney Community. As U.S. Attorney, he was involved locally and nationally with a number of committees covering issues including Child Exploitation, Cyber Crime and Security, Information Technology, Management and Budget, Terrorism and National Security, and White-Collar Crime.
Conner chaired the Investment Review Board, which was responsible for approving and allocating substantial information technology expenditures and the Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee, a committee led by the Department of Justice and comprised of numerous federal agencies involved in domestic terrorism cases and issues. Prior to serving as U.S. Attorney, Conner worked in a variety of positions, including Chief Executive Officer at Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp, a $1 billion community bank with over 20 branches and 300 employees. Most recently, Conner ran for the United States Senate in the 2016 election. As a major party nominee, Conner ran an aggressive, dynamic campaign against a long-time incumbent. Conner also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele in federal court in the Eastern District of Arkansas, and as a staff member for former United States Congressman Marion Berry (AR) and former United States Senator Blanche Lincoln (AR). A native of Lonoke and Augusta, Arkansas, Conner worked in family businesses growing up, including as a farm hand at J.E. Tull and Son farms and as a summer worker at Eldridge Supply Company, a Case IH dealer.
Conner received his undergraduate degree from Davidson College in North Carolina and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he also served on the Arkansas Law Review.