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|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
January 3, 2015
|Born||James French Hill
December 5, 1956
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Education||Vanderbilt University (BS)|
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 elected in the 2014 election and took office on January 3, 2015.
He has voted with his party in 97 percent of votes so far in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position in 100 percent of the votes in the early weeks of the administration.
He attended Vanderbilt University graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. 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.
Hill served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as executive secretary to the President's Economic Policy Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance.
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, 52 to 44 percent.
Hill was renominated in the Republican primary over Brock Olree of Searcy (White County) and was re-elected with 58 percent of the vote against former Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry, a Democrat, and Libertarian nominee Chris Hayes of North Little Rock.
Hill is a supporter of Americans' 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. He was an original cosponsor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was introduced by Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and was passed by the House on December 6, 2017.
This bill would give reciprocity to those with concealed carry permits who are in other states that also issue concealed carry permits. It also allows those from constitutional carry states the ability to carry in other states that issue concealed carry permits. Additionally, this bill maintains states' rights and provides important legal protections for law-abiding gun owners.
Hill is a critic of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and voted for the proposed American Healthcare Act in 2017. He also voted for H.R.34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which provides critical medical research funding and streamlines and improves the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of life-saving medications, to bring more competition to the market to lower drug prices. H.R. 34 was signed into law on December 13, 2016.
He supported several bills to ensure an effective Veterans' Administration. S. 1094, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on May 11, 2017, and was passed by the House on June 13, 2017, by a bipartisan vote of 368-55, and was signed into law by President Trump on June 23, 2017. This bill institutes necessary reforms at VA by providing the Secretary with the authority to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service (SES) employees, for performance or misconduct.
Further, the House passed H.R. 2372, the Veterans Equal Treatment Ensures Relief and Access Now (VETERANS) Act on June 15, 2017, and H.R. 2288, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, on May 23, 2017. H.R. 2372 codifies a Department of Treasury regulation that allows veterans who are eligible for, but do not elect to be covered by, certain VA health programs to qualify for current law premium assistance tax credits. H.R. 2288 streamlines the benefits appeals process at VA by providing veterans more options.
Hill has a "D" rating from NORML regarding his voting record on cannabis-related matters. He voted against allowing veterans access to medical marijuana, if legal in their state, per their Veterans Health Administration doctor's recommendation.
As a member of Congress, Representative Hill serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and three of its subcommittees: Capital Markets, Securities, and Investment; Monetary Policy and Trade; and Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Representative Hill has been very involved with financial services legislation, such as the Financial Choice Act of 2017, which rolls back banking regulations the Dodd-Frank Act.
Hill also introduced the Fair Access to Investment Research Act along with Representative Bill Foster, which passed the House in a bilateral vote in early May 2017. The act provides a simple and common sense fix to exchange traded funds' (ETF) securities laws so that investors can access more research information on ETFs. The President signed this legislation into law in 2017.
Hill has been a frequent supporter of bipartisan legislation to address opioid addiction in the United States. This legislation would establish programs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice to improve the treatment of individuals with substance abuse disorders through the expansion of drug treatment and recovery programs. After the House and Senate went to conference to work out differences between the bills, the House passed the Conference Report to accompany S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, by a bipartisan vote of 407-5
Hill voted in favor of H.R. 34, and this bill passed the House with bipartisan support on November 30, 2016, by a vote of 392-26. H.R. 34 was passed by the Senate on December 7, 2016, and signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016.
Hill voted in support of H.R. 1865, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. The House passed H.R. 1865 on February 27, 2018, to go after and take down websites promoting sex trafficking. It also helps the victims by giving them the ability to go after those who have harmed them.
|Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2014|
|Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Patrick Henry Hays||103,477||43.60|
|Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2016|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||86,474||84.54|
|Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2016|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||176,472||58.34|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district
|Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
|United States Representatives by seniority