A snow-day driver in Conway Friday spotted a pizza delivery car with a distinctive license plate, Arkansas House of Representatives 1.
According to the House seniority list drawn up in November, Rep. Stephen Meeks of nearby Greenbrier is No. 1 on the the seniority list by which license plates are handed out. I haven’t heard back from him on an e-mail I sent inquiring if this was his car and, if so, whether he was moonlighting or if he had loaned a ride to a working family member. While the occupation portion of his state House of Representatives webpage is blank, his Wikipedia entry says he works as a computer technologist. He’s about to begin his fourth term in the House. His brother, Rep. David Meeks of Conway (seniority No. 13) is also a House member.
PS: Thinking about this as I did laps at the gym I want to add that I impute no shame in working delivery to raise extra money, if that be the case. It is honest work, unlike setting up a bogus consulting firm as a front for attracting special interest money or taking kickbacks from state money shipped to private enterprises
UPDATE: The uncommon sight of a legislative plate on a Papa John’s car drew wide interest on Twitter. Some inferred some kind of knock on Meeks, where none was intended. Most simply enjoyed the unusual sight, cheering it as a representation of a lawmaker close to the people. Austin Kellerman, news director at KARK/Fox 16, for example, cheered it as a reminder of his own father’s years of work delivering pizza, a job that gave him flexibility with his family.
Meeks responded on Twitter: