Former U.S. Senator Mark Pryor leads Venable's Legislative and Government Affairs and State Attorneys General practice groups. From 2003 to 2015, Senator Pryor represented Arkansas in the United States Senate with a strong commitment to issues directly affecting his constituents including communications, Internet, privacy, cybersecurity, aviation, automotive, consumer protection and agriculture. Senator Pryor is uniquely positioned to counsel clients on a wide variety of top issues at the intersection of law, policy and business.
During his two terms in Congress, Senator Pryor earned a reputation as a "voice of reason," working with both parties to pass meaningful legislation. He served on several key Senate committees, including Appropriations; Armed Services; Commerce, Science, and Transportation; Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; Rules and Administration; Small Business and Entrepreneurship; and the Select Committee on Ethics. He most recently chaired the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies and the Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Insurance and Automotive Safety. In addition to these roles, Senator Pryor gained considerable experience conducting congressional investigations as a member of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Senator Pryor began his career in public service when he was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1990. In 1998, he was elected Attorney General of Arkansas where he toughened laws against drunk drivers, enacted legislation to protect children on the Internet, prohibited unwanted telemarketing calls and helped establish an alert system to locate missing and exploited children. Senator Pryor began his legal career working in private practice for over ten years.