French Hill (politician)

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French Hill
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Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Tim Griffin
Personal details
Born
James French Hill

(1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 62)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)
Martha McKenzie(m. 1988)
Children2
Education Vanderbilt University (BS)
Website House website

James French Hill (born December 5, 1956) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district. He was first elected in 2014 and took office on January 3, 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.

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Arkansass 2nd congressional district

Arkansas's 2nd congressional district is a congressional district located in the central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas and includes the state capital of Little Rock, its suburbs and surrounding areas.

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Early life and education

Hill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. [1] He pledged the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and served as president. He later attended the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management where he earned a certified corporate director designation. [2]

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Vanderbilt University Private research university in Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Career

President George H. W. Bush with French and Martha Hill. French-Hill-George-Bush-Martha-Hill.png
President George H. W. Bush with French and Martha Hill.

Hill served as executive secretary to President George H. W. Bush’s Economic Policy Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance. [3]

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Hill founded and was the CEO and chairman of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation in Little Rock until its acquisition by Simmons First Bank in 2014. [4]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2014

Hill decided to run for the 2nd district U.S. House seat after fellow Republican Tim Griffin decided instead to run for lieutenant governor. Hill then defeated Democrat Pat Hays, the mayor of North Little Rock, [5] 52 to 44 percent. [6]

Tim Griffin American politician

John Timothy Griffin is an American politician and member of the Republican Party who is the 20th and current Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas, a post he has held since January 2015 under Governor Asa Hutchinson. Previously, Griffin was the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2015. As the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2014 he defeated Democrat John Burkhalter. Griffin was also the interim United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas from December 2006 to June 2007 but was never confirmed by the United States Senate.

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2016

Hill was renominated in the Republican primary over Brock Olree of Searcy (White County) and was reelected with 58% of the vote against former Little Rock School District Board President Dianne Curry, a Democrat, and Libertarian nominee Chris Hayes of North Little Rock.[ citation needed ]

The Little Rock School District is a school district in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is one of four public school districts in Pulaski County and encompasses 97.60 square miles (252.8 km2) of land nearly coterminous with the state's capital and largest city. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the district includes 50 schools, and had an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. It has 5 high schools, 7 middle schools, 29 elementary schools, 4 early childhood (pre-kindergarten) centers, 2 alternative schools, 1 adult education center, 1 accelerated learning center, 1 career-technical center, and about 3,800 employees.

2018

In 2017, Arkansas's 2nd district was included on the initial list of Republican held seats being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018. [7] In the November 2018 general election, Hill defeated Democratic nominee Clarke Tucker with 52.1% of the vote to Tucker's 45.8%. Libertarian Joe Swafford received 2%. [8]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Tenure

As of September 2018, Hill had voted with his party 95% of the time in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position 96.6% of the time. [13] [14]

On May 4, 2017, Hill voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act. [15] [16]

Hill voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. [17]

Personal life

A ninth-generation Arkansan and Roman Catholic, [18] Hill resides in Little Rock. He and his wife, Martha McKenzie, have two children.

Electoral history

Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFrench Hill29,91655.08
RepublicanAnn Clemmer12,40022.83
RepublicanConrad Reynolds11,99422.08
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFrench Hill123,07351.86
DemocraticPatrick Henry Hays103,47743.60
LibertarianDebbie Standiford10,5904.46
Write-insWrite-ins1900.08
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFrench Hill (inc.)86,47484.54
RepublicanBrock Olree15,81115.46
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2016
PartyCandidateVotes%
RepublicanFrench Hill (inc.)176,47258.34
DemocraticDianne Curry111,34736.81
LibertarianChris Hayes14,3424.74
Write-insWrite-ins3030.1

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Griffin
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

2015–present
Incumbent
U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jody Hice
United States Representatives by seniority
265th
Succeeded by
Will Hurd