Ryan James, Bruce Westerman's chief of staff, departs | Arkansas Blog

Monday, March 2, 2015

Ryan James, Bruce Westerman's chief of staff, departs

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 3:06 PM

K. Ryan James, who went to Washington with freshman 4th District U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman in January as his chief of staff, is heading home.

He and Westerman decided over the weekend that he'd leave the staff. James said, "It's all on me." He said he'd created some potential embarrassment for his boss by getting a speeding ticket (60 mph in a 40 zone near Hope in Pike County) Feb. 19. He learned after the stop that, unbeknownst to him, his license had been suspended for failure to pay a Hot Springs parking ticket. He's straightening that all out, he said. Meanwhile, "The congressman and I both agreed that continued service would be a distraction and take away from the work he's doing as representative of the 4th district. I apologize not only to him but to the 4th District staff for my error and look forward to them continuing to represent the people of the 4th District."

He said he'd be looking for new work in government or politics back in Arkansas.

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