Anne Marie Doramus Appointed New 
Arkansas Game and Fish Commissioner

Southeast Arkansas native Anne Marie (Hastings) Doramus, appointed AGFC Commissioner June 26.

Southeast Arkansas native Anne Marie (Hastings) Doramus, appointed AGFC Commissioner June 26.

History was made June 26 as Anne Marie (Hastings) Doramus became the first woman appointed to a full term as a Commissioner of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). Governor Asa Hutchinson introduced Doramus as his newest appointee at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in downtown Little Rock. 

“In addition to being a successful businesswoman, Anne Marie has also been a lifelong friend and advocate of the outdoors,” Hutchinson said in a press release statement. “She is an avid duck hunter and bass angler, but most importantly, she is committed to the conservation of our natural resources. This appointment is significant not only because she is the first woman appointed to a full 7-year term, but she also brings a fresh perspective in terms of what it might take to connect a new generation to the Arkansas outdoors.”

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Doramus is Vice President of Special Projects and Sales for Arkansas Bolt Company, a Little Rock-based fastener distributor and OEM supplier. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arkansas State Fair and Livestock Show and the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation (AGFF).

She is a founding member of the Arkansas Outdoor Society, a group for young adults who are passionate about conservation and the Arkansas outdoors, which directly supports the mission of both the AGFC and AGFF. Doramus replaces outgoing Commission Chairman Ford Overton whose appointment term concluded July 1. 

“I have seen firsthand the impact that Game and Fish has on our state and I am beyond honored to serve as its newest commissioner,” Doramus said in a statement. “Growing up, I was so fortunate to have my father pass on to me a love for the outdoors and that is what I intend to do in this new role for the next generation. Passing the torch of conservation is essential as we work to uphold the Natural State’s reputation of being a sportsman’s paradise – not just for the sports involving hooks and bullets, but also for the hikers, bikers, paddlers, bird watchers and many more. 

“Together, we can bring along the next generation and bridge the gap between current traditions and new ones. The future is bright, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Doramus, whose love of duck hunting and bass fishing was honed on the family farm in Southeast Arkansas, also enjoys fly-fishing, mountain biking, golf, tennis and working with her retriever, Baron. She and her husband, Joe Doramus, live in Little Rock.