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 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[edit]

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[edit]

2014 election[edit]

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[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

2016 Election[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Second Amendment[edit]

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.

Veterans' Affairs[edit]

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.[14]

Fiscal Policy[edit]

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.

Opioid Abuse[edit]

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.

Sex Trafficking[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

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

Electoral history[edit]

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


  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". Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". 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". 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. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  11. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  12. ^ "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved 2017-05-04. 
  13. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Arkansas Scorecard - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws". Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Arkansas–2: J. French Hill (R)". Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

External links[edit]

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

Current U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jody Hice
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Will Hurd