David and Barbara Pryor hit the road last week and came to Van Buren County in their first official campaign swing of 2014.

The former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator is traveling across the Natural State meeting with voters, firing up grass-roots volunteers and emphasizing the important choice Arkansans face in November as he campaigns for his son U.S. Senate Mark Pryor.

Last Tuesday the Pryors visited Clinton, meeting and greeting residents.

Among his many accomplishments as a congressman, governor and senator, David Pryor was known for his work on behalf of Arkansas’ seniors, and every day he kept a sign on his desk that read "Arkansas comes first." The same sign now rests on Mark Pryor’s desk.

The reservoir of goodwill that exists for David and Barbara Pryor in communities big and small across Arkansas is thanks to their service to the state and their longstanding commitment to the people of Arkansas.

Pryor served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1966 until January 1972. He was governor from 1975-79, and served as a U.S. senator from 1978 until January 1997. His 1990 Senate re-election campaign was Pryor’s last and he will mark his 80th birthday this month.

"We’re very excited to visit with old friends all across this state and talk about Mark’s hard work on behalf of Arkansas families," said First Lady Barbara Pryor. "Whenever I think back to all those campaigns, I always remember how far a firm handshake and a warm smile can go in Arkansas. I think folks here know that our family has always put Arkansas first, and it will be wonderful to get back out on the trail and discuss the issues Mark has championed as Arkansas’ senator."

Democrat Mark Pryor is facing Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton in a close battle for the Senate seat.