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French Hill Politician
James French Hill
French Hill official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district

January 3, 2015
Tim Griffin
Personal details
Born James French Hill
(1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 61)
Little Rock, Arkansas, US
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha McKenzie
Children 2
Residence Little Rock, Arkansas
Alma mater
Occupation Banker, investor
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 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.[1][2]

Early life and education

He attended Vanderbilt University[3] 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.[4]


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

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.[5]

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.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

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,[7] 52 to 44 percent.[8]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

2016 Election

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.


On May 4, 2017, he voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.[11][12]

Hill voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[13]

Political positions

He has voted with his party in 97% of votes so far in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position in 100% of the votes.[1][2]


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.[14]

Personal life

A ninth-generation Arkansan and Roman Catholic,[15] Hill resides in Little Rock. He and his wife, Martha McKenzie, have two children.

Electoral history

Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill 29,916 55.08
Republican Ann Clemmer 12,400 22.83
Republican Conrad Reynolds 11,994 22.08
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill 123,073 51.86
Democratic Patrick Henry Hays 103,477 43.60
Libertarian Debbie Standiford 10,590 4.46
Write-ins Write-ins 190 0.08
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Republican Primary Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill (inc.) 86,474 84.54
Republican Brock Olree 15,811 15.46
Arkansas 2nd Congressional District Election, 2016
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill (inc.) 176,472 58.34
Democratic Dianne Curry 111,347 36.81
Libertarian Chris Hayes 14,342 4.74
Write-ins Write-ins 303 0.1

National Rifle Association

French Hill is the member of the house of representatives who receives the most money from the National Rifle Association.[16]


  1. ^ a b Bycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking J. French Hill In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ a b Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Burnett, Lisa (May 20, 2014). "Hill gets GOP nod for District 2". Arkansas Online. ,
  4. ^ "J. French Hill - 40 Under 40 - 1996". Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Mark; Turner, Lance (March 24, 2014). "Simmons First to Buy Delta Trust for $66M". Retrieved 2015. 
  7. ^ "GOP's French Hill wins US House seat in Arkansas". Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arkansas House results - 2014 Election Center - Elections and Politics from". CNN. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved 2018. 
  11. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ Staff, C.N.N. "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved . 
  13. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (19 December 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "Arkansas Scorecard - - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas-2: J. French Hill (R)". Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Which lawmakers got the most NRA money?". Retrieved 2018. 

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