Donna Jean Hutchinson (born 1949) is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from District 98, which during her time in the legislature included part of populous Benton County in northwestern Arkansas. A resident of Bella Vista, she was initially elected to the House in 2006 and assumed her position in January 2007.
Her son, Jeremy Hutchinson (born 1974) is a former state representative who has served since 2011 in the Arkansas State Senate. Another son, Timothy Chad Hutchinson, Jeremy's twin, of Springdale, Arkansas, previously served with his mother in the state House. A third son is Joshua Luke Hutchinson (born c. 1978). Hutchinson's former husband, from whom she was divorced in 1999 after twenty-nine years of marriage, is Tim Hutchinson, the Republican U.S. senator from Arkansas from 1997 to 2003. Her former brother-in-law is Asa Hutchinson, a Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district, the former undersecretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, and the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial nominee in 2006, the same year that Donna Hutchison was elected to the state House. Prior to his election to the Senate in 1996, Tim Hutchinson had also held the Third District U.S. House seat.
An American Indian, Hutchinson is a member of the Blackfoot tribe. A native of New Bern, North Carolina, she was reared in a military family and lived in twenty-nine different locations as a child. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and is employed as a professional mediator. She is a non-denominational Christian.
Hutchinson serves on the Arkansas House Education Committee and is the chairman of the Subcommittee on Vocational-Technical Institutions. She is also a member of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, and the Joint Budget Committee. She is an alternate member on the Joint Energy Committee. In addition, she chairs the Arkansas Legislative Women's Caucus.
Hutchinson was term limited in 2012 and ineligible to seek a fourth two-year term in the state House.
- ↑ Sen. Tim Hutchinson to wed former staffer, August 13, 2000. thecabin.net. Retrieved on June 30, 2012.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Donna Hutchinson, R-98. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on June 30, 2012.