May 18, 2017: Arkansas State Sen. Jake Files, Fort Smith Republican, announced on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, that he will not run for re-election to his State Senate District 8 seat. State House Majority Leader Mathew Pitsch, Fort Smith Republican, had announced hours earlier that he would run for the seat. Files, who has been in the construction business and is the Chairman of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee, said in an e-mail to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he plans to spend more time with Texas-based EnviroSolar as a solar consultant. "I will not be running for re-election to the Senate in 2018," he said. "It has been a distinct honor to serve and be a leader in making our Region relevant in Little Rock again. I have taken a new job recently and will most likely be moving to take advantage of that promising opportunity, and I will not be able to dedicate the time needed to serving in the Senate." Files has been the subject of news articles regarding finances and his construction business. In 2015, the Democrat-Gazette reported that Files took a $30,000 loan from the lobbying firm founded by former state Rep. Bruce Hawkins. Files has said it was to pay off a hot check of more than $6,800, for "working capital" for his construction businesses and to purchase material for other construction jobs.