Kaneaster Hodges, Jr.

Kaneaster Hodges Jr. ( born August 20, 1938 in Newport, Jackson County, Arkansas ) is a former American politician of the Democratic Party. He represented the state of Arkansas in the U.S. Senate.

Kaneaster Hodges first attended the public schools and then Princeton University in New Jersey. There he made his degree in 1960. He continued his education at the Graduate School of Theology Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he came to his degree in 1963; after that followed the legal examination at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1967. Immediately afterwards he was admitted to the Bar of Arkansas.

After his professional activities as a lay preacher, lawyer and farmer as well as a hospital chaplain Hodges came in 1967 in the service of his home town of Newport, where he was employed until 1974 as a trial attorney and Deputy Prosecutor. From 1974 to 1976 he was chairman of the Heritage Committee of Arkansas; after which he sat until 1977 in the National Hunting and Fishing Commission. In 1975 he was employed as secretary to the staff of Governor David Pryor.

Pryor appointed Hodges on December 10, 1977 as the successor of the recently deceased U.S. Senator John Little McClellan. He took this mandate true, to January 3, 1979; a candidate for the next legislative session was forbidden to him by the Constitution of Arkansas. His successor was David Pryor. Hodges retired after retired from politics; He spends his retirement in his native Newport.