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French Hill (politician)

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French Hill
French Hill, official photo, 115th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded byTim Griffin
Personal details
James French Hill

(1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 63)
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Martha McKenzie
m. 1988)
EducationVanderbilt University (BS)
WebsiteHouse website

James French Hill (born December 5, 1956) is the former Chairman and CEO of Delta Trust & Banking Corporation and an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.

In 2018 his net worth was estimated to be $7.04 million.[1]

Early life and education

Hill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vanderbilt University.[2] 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.[3]


President George H. W. Bush with French and Martha Hill.
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.[4]

Hill founded and was the CEO and chairman of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation in Little Rock until its acquisition by Simmons Bank in 2014.[5] Hill owns close to $5.25 million in Simmons Bank stock. [6]

U.S. House of Representatives


Official portrait for the 113th Congress
Official portrait for the 113th Congress

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]


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.[citation needed]


In 2017, Arkansas's 2nd district was included on the initial list of Republican held seats being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018.[9] In the November 2018 general election, Hill defeated Democratic nominee Clarke Tucker with 52.1% of the vote to Tucker's 45.8%. Libertarian Joe Swafford received 2%.[10]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships


As of September 2018, Hill had voted with his party 95% of the time in the current session of Congress and voted in line with President Trump's position 96.6% of the time.[15][16]

On May 4, 2017, Hill voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act.[17][18]

Hill voted in support of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.[19]

CARES Act Congressional Oversight Panel

On April 17, 2020, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy appointed Hill to the COVID-19 Congressional Oversight Commission to oversee the implementation of the CARES Act.[20] Conflicts of interests have been alleged against Hill in his role overseeing CARES Act appropriations, as Hill owns $5.25 million in shares of Simmons Bank, which has issued between $7.33 million and $1.4 billion in Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans, half of them to large companies in sums over $150,000.[21]

Electoral history

Arkansas's 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's 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's 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's 2nd congressional district election, 2016[22]
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
Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican French Hill (inc.) 132,125 52.1
Democratic Clarke Tucker 116,135 45.8
Libertarian Joe Swafford 5,193 2.0

Personal life

A ninth-generation Arkansan and a Roman Catholic,[23] Hill resides in Little Rock. He and his wife, Martha McKenzie, have two children. McKenzie is a state lobbyist at Mitchell Williams.[24]


  1. ^ NW, The Center for Responsive Politics 1300 L. St; Washington, Suite 200; info, DC 20005 telelphone857-0044. "French Hill- Net Worth - Personal Finances". OpenSecrets. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  2. ^ Burnett, Lisa (May 20, 2014). "Hill gets GOP nod for District 2". Arkansas Online.,
  3. ^ "J. French Hill – 40 Under 40 – 1996". Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Friedman, Mark; Turner, Lance (March 24, 2014). "Simmons First to Buy Delta Trust for $66M". Retrieved September 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives". Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  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. ^ Cheney, Kyle (January 30, 2017). "Amid Democratic doldrums, DCCC identifies 2018 targets". Politico. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  10. ^ "Arkansas Election Results: Second House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  11. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  13. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). "Tracking J. French Hill In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  16. ^ Willis, Derek. "Represent". ProPublica. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  17. ^ "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  18. ^ "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  20. ^ "Hill named to panel overseeing virus aid". Arkansas Online. April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  21. ^ Brantley, Max (July 20, 2020). "French Hill: Fox in the coronavirus henhouse". Arkansas Times. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
  22. ^ "Arkansas Election Results". The New York Times. November 6, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  23. ^ "Arkansas–2: J. French Hill (R)". Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  24. ^ "Financial Disclosure". Retrieved July 29, 2020.

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

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