Former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith found dead

Former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith was reportedly found dead from a gunshot wound, according to her former press secretary Ken Yang.

Matt Mershon

Thoughts and Prayers for her family and Friends.

Condolences are coming in from around the State.

Arkansas GOP
Today, we learned of the untimely death of former Senator Linda Collins Smith. She was a passionate voice for her people and a close member of our Republican family. We are praying for her loved ones during this difficult time.

Democratic Party of Arkansas
To so many of us, Senator Linda Collins-Smith was more than just a colleague. She was a friend and warm person. We are stunned and saddened to hear of her death.

Please join us in prayer as we remember her family and her loved ones. #arpx

Governor Asa Hutchinson
“I’m both stunned and saddened by the death of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith. She was a good person who served in the public arena with passion and conviction. The First Lady and I extend our deepest sympathies to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Senator John Boozman
I’m saddened to learn of Linda Collins-Smith’s untimely passing. This tragedy is a shock to her community and our entire state. I am praying her loved ones and all those mourning her find peace and comfort in this difficult time. We are grateful for her service to Arkansans.

Congressman Rick Crawford
I’m saddened to hear about the death of former State Senator Linda Collins-Smith. She always worked hard for her constituents and I ask you to keep her family and her friends in your prayers as they mourn her passing.

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin
I am in shock over the news of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith’s death. I am heartbroken for her family & friends as they grieve, & my thoughts & prayers are w/ them during this tragic time. Linda was a friend who had a deep faith in God & passion for her state & nation. She is missed.

AR Secretary of State John Thurston
Sad to hear of Linda Collins-Smith passing. Her family and friends and in my thoughts and prayers.

AR Treasurer Dennis Milligan
I am heartbroken and devastated to hear the news about my friend and peer, Linda Collins-Smith. Tina and I send our heartfelt and sincere prayers to her family and loved ones.

AR Land Commissioner Tommy Land
Our condolences to the family and friends of former Senator Linda Collins Smith. We are saddened to learn of her passing.

Sen. Jason Rapert
The Senate is stunned and saddened to hear of the death of Sen. Linda Collins-Smith @Linda4Senate – she was a friend and passionate advocate. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family & friends. I pray whoever is responsible for her death is captured and brought to justice.

Senator James Sturch
“Macy and I were sorry to hear the news of Senator Linda Collins passing,” he said. “While Senator Collins and I didn’t always agree, there is no doubt she was a passionate advocate for what she believed. I ask all of Senate District 19 to join me in praying for her family during this time.”