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Featured Employee 

Leighanne Harvey, Capitol Gift Shop Manager

Tollie Leighanne Harvey was born in Paragould, Arkansas. She lived in Northeast Arkansas for 20 years and attended school at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro before moving to Little Rock to attend the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She and her husband, Keith, her high school sweetheart, have been married for almost 21 years. They have two children, Taylor and Hannah. Taylor is 18 years old and just graduated from Arkansas Baptist. He plans to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro this fall. Hannah, 15, plays volleyball at Maumelle High School. Leighanne enjoys spending her free time with family as well as planning events, decorating, shopping, and traveling. She and her family enjoy spending time together at the pool, relaxing at home, and vacationing.

Leighanne has worked at the Capitol for 26 years under three elected officials: Jimmie Lou Fisher, Charlie Daniels, and Mark Martin. For 12 years, she worked in the State Treasurer’s Office under Jimmie Lou Fisher. She worked with scheduling, investments, collateral, as well as receiving. In 2002, she came to work for Secretary of State Charlie Daniels, spending her first six months in Business & Commercial Services as the director’s assistant. Leighanne was then offered the opportunity to re-open the Capitol Gift Shop which had been closed for almost a year and a half. She has been managing, designing, and purchasing for the gift shop ever since. “I love my current job as it works with my personality since I love to shop. This way I am able to think of what visitors would want as an Arkansas Capitol keepsake as well as meeting the needs of the staff at the Capitol,” said Harvey.

“I enjoy my job as Capitol Gift Shop Manager more than any other job I have had. I love this job because I get to meet new visitors from all over the world. Of all of the guests, I really enjoy meeting patients and parents from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. I have met so many fun and interesting people over the years. It is very rewarding to make a visitor’s experience more memorable and enjoyable by satisfying their needs.”

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