Tim Hutchinson

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Tim Hutchinson
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United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
January 3, 1997 January 3, 2003
Preceded by David Pryor
Succeeded by Mark Pryor
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 January 3, 1997
Preceded by John P. Hammerschmidt
Succeeded by Asa Hutchinson
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
1985 – 1992
Personal details
Young Timothy Hutchinson

(1949-08-11) August 11, 1949 (age 69)
Bentonville, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Donna Jean King
(m. 1970;div. 1999)
Randi Fredholm(m. 2000)
Relations Asa Hutchinson (brother)
Kim Hendren (brother-in-law)
Jim Hendren (nephew)
Children3 (including Jeremy and Timothy)
Residence Fort Smith, Arkansas (1984–2003)
Alexandria, Virginia (2003–present)
Education Bob Jones University (B.A.)
University of Arkansas (M.A.)
Occupation Clergyman; [3] lobbyist [3]

Young Timothy Hutchinson [3] (born August 11, 1949) is an American Republican politician, lobbyist, and former United States senator from the state of Arkansas.

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Personal life

Hutchinson was born in Bentonville in northwestern Arkansas, the son of John Malcolm Hutchinson, Sr. (1907–91) and Coral Virginia (Mount) Hutchinson (1912–98). He was reared on the family farm in nearby Gravette. He graduated with a B.A. from Bob Jones University and received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Arkansas (1990). [3]

Bentonville, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Bentonville is the ninth-largest city in Arkansas, United States and the county seat of Benton County. The city is centrally located in the county with Rogers adjacent to the east. The city is the birthplace and world headquarters of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. It is one of the four main cities in the four-county Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is ranked 109th in terms of population in the United States with 463,204 residents in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. The city itself had a population of 35,301 at the 2010 Census, with an estimated population of 49,298 in 2017.

Gravette, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Gravette is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 2,325 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University (BJU) is a private, non-denominational Evangelical university in Greenville, South Carolina, known for its conservative cultural and religious positions. The college, with approximately 2,500 students, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. The university's athletic teams, the Bruins, compete in Division II of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In 2008, the university estimated the number of its graduates at 35,000; in 2017, 40,184.

He currently is a lobbyist and is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia. He is married to Randi Fredholm Hutchinson, an attorney in Washington, D.C. He was the first Republican to have been elected to the U.S. Senate in Arkansas since 1879.

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Early political career

Hutchinson served in the Arkansas House of Representatives representing part of Fort Smith from 1985 to 1992. In 1992, he ran for the Republican nomination in Arkansas's 3rd congressional district after the popular 26-year incumbent John P. Hammerschmidt announced his retirement. He defeated a fellow Republican state lawmaker Richard L. Barclay of Rogers, for the Republican nomination. He faced Democrat John VanWinkle, an attorney from Fayetteville, in the general election, and won by only 7,500 votes—a margin of five percent. He owed his victory to a 10,000-vote margin in his native Benton County. It was the second-closest margin in the 3rd, one of the most Republican districts in the South, which Hammerschmidt had represented since January 1967. The only closer race was in 1974, when Bill Clinton came within 6,300 votes of ousting Hammerschmidt. Clinton narrowly carried the 3rd in his successful run for President, a presumed factor in the closeness of the 1992 congressional race.

Arkansas House of Representatives lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly

The Arkansas House of Representatives is the lower house of the Arkansas General Assembly, the state legislature of the US state of Arkansas. The House is composed of 100 members elected from an equal amount of constituencies across the state. Each district has an average population of 29,159 according to the 2010 federal census. Members are elected to two-year terms and, since the 2014 Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution, limited to sixteen years cumulative in either house.

Fort Smith, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 86,209. With an estimated population of 88,037 in 2017, it is the principal city of the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region of 298,592 residents that encompasses the Arkansas counties of Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian, and the Oklahoma counties of Le Flore and Sequoyah.

Arkansass 3rd congressional district

Arkansas's 3rd congressional district is a congressional district in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The district covers Northwest Arkansas and takes in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Springdale and Fort Smith.

The district reverted to form in 1994, and Hutchinson was reelected with 63 percent of the vote.

United States Senator

1996 election

Hutchinson ran for the Senate seat being vacated by popular Democrat David Pryor in 1996. Initially, the leading Republican candidate was Lieutenant Governor Mike Huckabee. When Democratic Governor Jim Guy Tucker resigned after being convicted of mail fraud, however, Huckabee assumed the governorship and dropped out of the Senate race; [4] Hutchinson entered soon after and captured the Republican nomination. He would face state Attorney General Winston Bryant in the general election. Even though native son Bill Clinton carried the state by a 17-point margin over Bob Dole in the presidential race, [5] Hutchinson defeated Bryant 53%-47% in the Senate election, largely by running up the votes in his congressional district. He became the first Republican Senator from Arkansas since Reconstruction, and the first to be popularly elected.

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David Pryor United States politician

David Hampton Pryor is an American politician and former Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senator from the State of Arkansas. Pryor also served as 39th Governor of Arkansas from 1975 to 1979 and was a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1960 to 1966. He served as the interim chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, following Bill Gwatney's assassination.

Mike Huckabee Arkansas politician

Michael Dale Huckabee is an American politician and Christian minister who served as the 44th governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate United States Republican presidential primaries in both 2008 and 2016.


His voting record was strongly conservative: he is pro-life, supports tax cuts, supports de-regulation of the economy, supports the death penalty and a Constitutional amendment banning flag burning, opposes same-sex marriage, and opposes expanding hate crimes legislation. In 1998, Hutchinson joined two other Republican Senators, Bob Smith of New Hampshire and James Inhofe of Oklahoma, in opposing President Bill Clinton's nomination of James Hormel, an openly gay man, as United States Ambassador to Luxembourg. [6] Hormel was later confirmed as ambassador in a recess appointment. [7]

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He served on the Armed Services Committee, Aging Committee, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee. He was one of 16 co-sponsors of the Iraq Resolution (S.J.RES.46). [8]

Senator Hutchinson honored the Little Rock Nine in the award ceremony for their Congressional Medals of Honor. [9]

2002 election

Hutchinson faced Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor, David Pryor's son, in his 2002 re-election campaign. During his term as U.S. Senator, Hutchinson had divorced his wife of almost three decades, Donna, a former Arkansas state representative, and married an aide in 2000. Hutchinson denied any impropriety, and Pryor refused to make the matter an issue in the campaign, but the well-publicized divorce substantially hurt his popularity. Pryor was also helped by the presence of his still popular father in a campaign commercial. [10] Hutchinson lost to Pryor by eight points, making him the only Republican incumbent to be defeated that year. [11] Jim Keet, the 2010 Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee, operated Hutchinson's Little Rock office for a time prior to 2002. [12]

Post-political career

Hutchinson joined the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Dickstein Shapiro in January 2003 as a senior adviser. [13] As of March 2016, Hutchinson serves as a senior director at the Washington, D.C. office of Greenberg Traurig. [14]


Hutchinson married his second wife, Randi Fredholm Hutchinson, a former senior member of staff, in 2000. [15] He and his first wife, Donna Hutchinson, divorced in 1999 after 29 years. [15] They have three sons: Jeremy Hutchinson, a former state representative; Timothy Chad Hutchinson, also a former state legislator; and Joshua Luke Hutchinson.

Hutchinson's brother is current Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, a Republican former member of the U.S. House from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district, the former undersecretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2006, the same year that Donna Hutchinson was elected to the state House. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1996, Tim Hutchinson had also held the Third District U.S. House seat.

Tim and Asa Hutchinson are the brothers-in-law of Arkansas State Senator Kim Hendren, who married Hutchinson's sister, Marylea, in 1958. Hendren was a candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in the 2010 election. On May 18, he lost the primary to current Senator John Boozman. Kim Hendren's son, Jim Hendren, was elected in 2012 to the District 2 seat from Benton County in the Arkansas State Senate.

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  2. "Sen. Tim Hutchinson to wed former staffer". Log Cabin Democrat. Associated Press. August 13, 2000. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Young Timothy (Tim) Hutchinson (1949–) Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved Oct. 1, 2014.
  4. "Mike Huckabee". Encyclopedia of Arkansas. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  5. "Presidential Elections of 1996". Adam Carr's Election Archive. Retrieved 2007-07-17.
  6. "S.J.RES.46". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  7. Molotsky, Irvin (10 November 1999). "U.S. Honors 9 Civil Rights Heroes, and Memory of 10th". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2014.
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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John P. Hammerschmidt
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Asa Hutchinson
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
David Pryor
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Dale Bumpers, Blanche Lincoln
Succeeded by
Mark Pryor
Party political offices
Preceded by
No nominee in 1990
Ed Bethune in 1984
Republican Party nominee for United States Senator from Arkansas (Class 2)
1996, 2002
Succeeded by
No nominee in 2008
Tom Cotton in 2014