On this date in 1947, future Little Rock Mayor Floyd G. “Buddy” Villines was born. A 1969 graduate of Hendrix College, he served in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He later graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School.
Villines’ first interaction with Little Rock City Hall was as an employee in the City Manager’s office. After joining the private sector, he returned to City Hall in 1985 serving on the Little Rock City Board of Directors. He was re-elected in 1989.
While on the City Board, he was chosen as Vice Mayor for a two year term in 1987 and 1988. The following year he was selected as Mayor for a two year term. In 1990, Villines was elected Pulaski County Judge; he resigned from the City Board in December 1990 to take office.
Villines served as Pulaski County Judge for 24 years, from January 1991 until December 2014. He is the longest serving County Judge in Pulaski County history.