Mayor Hays, a native of North Little Rock,
graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1965. He has
been married to Linda Hays
for over 26 years. Linda, a retired elementary school
teacher, taught school for over 36 years. They attend Park Hill Baptist Church in
North Little Rock, and are members of the Fraser Sunday School
Class. Their daughter Josie and son-in-law Dr. Brent Staggs
have three grandchildren; Savannah, age 6; Isabella, age 4; and
grandson, Harper, age one week.
Mayor Hays was educated in Political Science and Law at the University of Arkansas in
Fayetteville. He practiced law in North Little Rock from 1973
until 1988, when he was elected to his first four-year term as
Mayor. Mayor Hays is now serving his fifth term.
Prior to becoming Mayor, Hays served as an Assistant City Attorney
for North Little Rock for several years. He was elected State Representative for
District 66 and served in the 76th (1987-1988) Arkansas General
Assembly. Hays was also elected as the City of North Little Rock's
delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention of 1979-1980.
He attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Mayor Hays is a member and Past President of Metroplan, the
regional council of local governments for central Arkansas. He is
Past President of the Arkansas Municipal League. He serves on the
Board of Directors of the Greater Little Rock Chamber of Commerce
and the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce. Active for many
years in the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Hays was elected to
the Conference’s Advisory Board in 1996 and in 1999, he was
elected as a Trustee. As one of 13 Trustees, Mayor Hays shares in
the executive and policy-making responsibility for the Conference.
In addition, he serves as a Vice Chairman of the Energy Committee.
Mayor Hays is also on the Board of Directors of ICLE USA/Local
Governments for Sustainability.
Mayor Hays has been a member in good standing of
Big Rock Masonic Lodge # 633 for over 35 years and was elevated to
the 33 degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 2004. Hays
became a member of the Scimitar Shrine Temple of Little Rock
shortly after achieving his 32 degree in Freemasonry in 1975.
While a law student, Hays was elected to serve as President of the
Law Student Division of the American Bar Association representing
all law students in the United States. After being admitted to the
Arkansas Bar Association, Mayor Hays served as a national officer
of the American Bar Associations Young Lawyers Section. In
addition to being licensed in Arkansas, Mayor Hays is authorized
to practice in Federal Courts in both Arkansas and Texas, and also
the United States Eight Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mayor Hays represents Arkansas cities serving on the Energy,
Environment and Natural Resources Policy and Advocacy Committee of
the National League of Cities.
Mayor Hays is a recognized leader in community economic
development, neighborhood revitalization, community-oriented
policing, historic preservation and recreation development.