Legislature convenes

State Reps. John Baine (D-El Dorado) and Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) took their respective posts when the 89th General Assembly convened today with the first Republican majority since Reconstruction.

Baine, a freshman, was one of the 43 first-time representatives sworn in. Prior to his election to the state House, Baine was a longtime member of the Union County Quorum Court. His district 2 position has since been taken up by Justin Hendrix, a Democrat who served several terms on the El Dorado City Council.

Shepherd returned for his second term after a commanding lead during the November general election against his Independent opponent.

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