French Hill (politician)

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French Hill
French Hill official photo.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
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 61)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Martha McKenzie
Children 2
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 elected in 2014 and took office on January 3, 2015.

Hill has voted with his party 97% of the time in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position 100% of the time in the early weeks of the administration.[1][2]

Early life and education

Hill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Vanderbilt University.[3] 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]

Career

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.[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 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.

Tenure

On May 4, 2017, Hill voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.[12][13]

Hill voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[14]

Political positions

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

Second Amendment

Hill was an original cosponsor of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which was introduced by Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC) and passed by the House on December 6, 2017. The 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.

Healthcare

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 medical research funding and streamlines the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) review of life-saving medications. H.R. 34 was signed into law on December 13, 2016.

Veterans' Affairs

Hill supported S. 1094, the VA Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017, which was introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) on May 11, 2017, passed by the House on June 13, 2017, by a bipartisan vote of 368-55, and signed into law by President Trump on June 23, 2017. This bill institutes 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.

Hill also voted for 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.

Marijuana

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.[15]

Fiscal Policy

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. He has been very involved with financial services legislation, such as the Financial Choice Act of 2017, which rolls back banking regulations introduced by the Dodd-Frank Act.

Along with Representative Bill Foster, Hill also introduced the Fair Access to Investment Research Act, which passed the House in a bilateral vote in early May 2017. The act amended exchange traded funds’ (ETF) securities laws so that investors can access more research information on ETFs. The president signed it into law in 2017.

Opioid Abuse

Hill has supported legislation to address opioid addiction in the United States that would establish programs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Justice to expand drug treatment and recovery programs. After the House and Senate went to conference to work out differences between their versions, the House passed the Conference Report to accompany S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, by a bipartisan vote of 407-5.

The final version, H.R. 34, passed the House with bipartisan support on November 30, 2016, by a vote of 392-26, passed the Senate on December 7, 2016, and was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016.

Sex Trafficking

Hill voted for the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which passed the House on February 27, 2018.

Personal life

A ninth-generation Arkansan and Roman Catholic,[16] 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

References

  1. ^ a b Bycoffe, Aaron (2017-01-30). "Tracking J. French Hill In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  2. ^ a b Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  3. ^ Burnett, Lisa (May 20, 2014). "Hill gets GOP nod for District 2". Arkansas Online. ,
  4. ^ "J. French Hill – 40 Under 40 – 1996". ArkansasBusiness.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". SMEI.org. Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Friedman, Mark; Turner, Lance (March 24, 2014). "Simmons First to Buy Delta Trust for $66M". ArkansasBusiness.com. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "GOP's French Hill wins US House seat in Arkansas". Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Arkansas House results – 2014 Election Center – Elections and Politics from CNN.com". CNN. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 
  12. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  13. ^ "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  14. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas Scorecard - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". norml.org. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Arkansas–2: J. French Hill (R)". Nationaljournal.com. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

External links

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
Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jody Hice
R-Georgia
United States Representatives by seniority
334th
Succeeded by
Will Hurd
R-Texas
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