Chairman of Soul of the South Television
Richard Mays, Sr.received his B.A degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and graduated from
the University of Arkansas School of Law. After law school, Mr. Mays served as the Pulaski County Deputy
Prosecuting Attorney. In 1972, he was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly in 1972, becoming among
the first African Americans elected to serve as State Representative since the 1893 post-segregation era.
Mr. Mays is a former Arkansas Supreme Court Justice appointed by President Clinton during his first term
as Governor of Arkansas, and in 1990 Mr. Mays was appointed to the Arkansas Ethics Commission by then
Governor Clinton and served as its first chairman. Today, Mr. Mays serves as co-chair for the Arkansas
Claims Commission while maintaining his successful law firm, Mays, Byrd & Associates. He also serves as the Chairman of Soul of the South Television.