NEW JOB: Trent Minner was named the Regulatory Administrator at the Department of Finance and Administration.

Trent Minner has been named regulatory administrator at the Department of Finance and Administration where he will oversee the Alcoholic Beverage Control division and three other divisions of the agency, department Secretary Larry Walther announced today. 

Minner, of Conway, lost a state legislative race last year to incumbent Democrat Steve Magie by 10 votes. A recount requested by Minner, a Republican, confirmed Magie’s victory. 

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Minner joined Gov. Sarah Sanders’ staff in January as deputy legislative director and was previously an assistant attorney general in the Arkansas Attorney General’s Public Protection Department, according to a news release. 

Minner will begin his new role on July 31. In addition to the alcohol control division, he will oversee the Medical Marijuana Commission, the Tobacco Control Division and the Racing Commission, which oversees casinos as well as horse racing at Oaklawn. Minner replaces Mike Moore, who has recently retired.

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In a press release announcing his new role, Minner spoke favorably about his time in the governor’s office:

“It was the honor of a lifetime to serve Governor Sanders as Deputy Legislative Director in the opening months of her administration,” said Minner. “I was humbled to be part of the team that helped get Arkansas LEARNS, the Safer, Stronger Arkansas legislative package, and historic tax cuts across the finish line – along with so many other reforms for the people of Arkansas. I’m looking forward to continuing my service with the great team at DFA in this new, exciting role.”