Conner Eldridge serves as United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. Eldridge was appointed by President Barack Obama on September 29, 2010, and confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 2010. Eldridge is currently the youngest United States Attorney in the country.
As U.S. Attorney, Eldridge serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the Western District of Arkansas. He is responsible for the prosecution of all federal crimes in the District and the litigation of civil matters in which the United States government has an interest. The Western District includes 34 Arkansas counties separated into six divisions: Texarkana, El Dorado, Hot Springs, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, and Harrison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is based in Fort Smith, Arkansas and has a satellite office in Texarkana, Arkansas that it shares with the Eastern District of Texas. Under Eldridge’s leadership, the United States Attorney’s Office has made significant strides in prosecuting a wide variety of federal crimes in all areas of the district, including child pornography offenses, violent crime, large-scale drug trafficking crimes, white collar crime, and many other offenses.
“It is an incredible honor to go to work every day to fulfill the mission of our office: to do justice in the Western District of Arkansas. I am proud that we are accomplishing this by prosecuting serious federal crimes that make a difference in communities across Arkansas. As a lifelong Arkansan, dedicating myself to this high calling is unbelievably rewarding.”
One of the highest priorities in the office has been convening meetings of federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors in communities across the district to discuss criminal issues and strategies for working together to address them. As a result, law enforcement resources have been targeted at violent drug trafficking organizations. Operation Street Sweeper in El Dorado, Arkansas and Operation State Line Sweep in Texarkana, Arkansas have resulted in the dismantling of large-scale criminal enterprises and in the prosecution of over 100 federal cases.
Prior to becoming United States Attorney, Eldridge served as a Special Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in the 9th (East) Judicial District of Arkansas in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. In this capacity, he prosecuted state offenses ranging from attempted murder to misdemeanor offenses. He also served as a federal law clerk to the Honorable G. Thomas Eisele, a Federal District Judge in the Eastern District of Arkansas. Following the clerkship, Eldridge held several positions at Summit Bank and Summit Bancorp in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. During his last two years at Summit Bank, Eldridge served as Chief Executive Officer. Earlier in his career, Eldridge worked as a legislative aide to United States Senator Blanche Lincoln and United States Congressman Marion Berry, both of Arkansas. Eldridge has been active in numerous civic and charitable organizations including the United Way (Past Chapter President), the Clark County, Arkansas Strategic Planning and Economic Development efforts, and the Arkansas IOLTA Foundation (appointed by Governor Mike Beebe).
Eldridge is a native of Lonoke and Augusta, Arkansas, where he grew up working on his family’s rice, soybean, and wheat farm and in his family’s farm equipment dealership. He graduated from Lonoke High School, Davidson College and the University of Arkansas School of Law. Eldridge and his wife Mary Elizabeth have three children, Will, Henry and Tull.