About The Secretary
Governor Asa Hutchinson appointed Mitch Rouse as the Secretary of the Department of Transformation and Shared Services (TSS) in July of 2022. Secretary Rouse has been a part of the Transformation initiative since the beginning. He was selected to be a member of Governor Hutchinson’s fifteen-person Transformation Transition Team, which developed and implemented plans to transform Arkansas’s government from forty-two agencies to fifteen Departments. He joined the newly created TSS in 2020, first in the role of Chief Legal Counsel, then serving as Director of the Office of State Procurement. Before coming to TSS, Mitch was the Associate Director of the Office of Air Quality at the Department of Energy and Environment (E&E) and Chief of Staff at the former Division of Environmental Quality (now E&E).
Rouse attended Arkansas State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy. He attended William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) and earned his Juris Doctor in 2014. At Bowen, Mitch was the Editor-in-Chief of the UALR Law Review and a Moot Court Board member. He’s now an Arkansas Bar Member and an Associate Member of the Judge Henry Woods Inn of Court.
Secretary Rouse is an Arkansan through-and-through: born in Helena, AR; raised in Bono, AR; and now residing in Sherwood, AR, with his wife, Allie, and their three children.