Robbie Wills – Distinguished Alumni

Robbie Wills is a native of Conway, graduating from Conway High School in 1986 and the University of Central Arkansas in 1991. After working in publishing sales and banking, Robbie earned a law degree from the UALR Bowen School of Law, where he served as Assistant Editor of the UALR Law Review and graduated with honors in 2003.  He earned the top score on the February 2004 Bar Exam and went into private practice in Conway.
In 2008, at age 39, Robbie was the unanimous choice of his colleagues to serve as Speaker of the Arkansas House for the 2009-10 biennium.  He was the first Speaker candidate after the implementation of term-limits to be elected unanimously.  In 2009, Robbie was the lead sponsor of the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery Act, led the legislative effort that created the statewide Arkansas Trauma System and helped secure funding for what is now Exit 132 on I-40 South of Conway.  As one of the youngest Speakers of the House in the country, he was named the AARP Legislator of the Year, a Talk Business “Top-Ten Legislator” and received distinguished legislator awards from the Arkansas Municipal League, the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Community Health Centers of Arkansas.