Asa Hutchinson

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Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson Official Governor Photo.jpg
46th Governor of Arkansas
From: January 13, 2015 – present
Lieutenant Tim Griffin
Predecessor Mike Beebe
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
U.S. Representative from Arkansas's 3rd District
From: January 3, 1997 – August 6, 2001
Predecessor Tim Hutchinson
Successor John Boozman
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan
Religion Southern Baptist

William Asa Hutchinson (known as Asa Hutchinson; born December 3, 1950) is the 46th governor of Arkansas. Prior to this, he served in a variety of positions, including U.S. Representative from 1997 to 2001 and as a the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration from 2001 to 2003.

Early life and education

Hutchinson was born on December 3, 1950 in Bentonville, Arkansas.[1] He graduated from Springdale High School in Springdale, Arkansas in 1968, and then he went on to Bob Jones University, graduating in 1972 with a B.S. in accounting.[1][2] He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1975 with a J.D.[1]

Legal career

In 1977, Hutchinson was elected as city attorney of Bentonville, Arkansas,[3] serving until 1978.[1] He was appointed by U.S. president Ronald Reagan to the position of United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, being the youngest U.S. attorney at the time.[4] He would serve in the position from 1982 to 1985,[1] and during that time, he sentenced Bill Clinton's brother to prison.[5]

Early political career

In 1972, while still at law school, Hutchinson volunteered for Democrat David Pryor's U.S. Senate campaign, but he soon became a conservative Republican.[3] Hutchinson ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 1986 and for Arkansas Attorney General in 1990.[1] Additionally, he served as the chairman of the Arkansas State Republican Committee from 1990 to 1995.[1]

U.S. House of Representatives

Hutchinson ran for Congress for the 3rd district in Arkansas in 1996 and won.[1] He served until August 6, 2001, resigning in order to take up a position as director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.[1] In 1998, Hutchinson was appointed the U.S. House to conduct the impeachment proceedings of president Bill Clinton.[1][5]

Executive branch

In 2001, Hutchinson was appointed by president George W. Bush as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration,[3] and he would serve in that position until 2003, when he was appointed as the first Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security at the Department of Homeland Security.[4] He served as undersecretary until 2005.[1]

Governor of Arkansas

2014 gubernatorial election results.

Hutchinson ran for Governor of Arkansas in 2006, becoming the Republican nominee, receiving 40.67 percent of the vote.[6](pg. 18)

In 2014, Hutchinson ran again for governor, winning the general election with 55.44 percent of the vote against Mike Ross.[7] The Republican Party won the election in a landslide, taking every federal and statewide office and increasing its majorities in the legislature.[3]

In early April 2015, Hutchinson came under criticism from liberals and supporters of the homosexual agenda for signing a religious liberty bill into law that critics thought would lead to discrimination of homosexuals. Hutchinson bowed to the pressure and modified the bill.[8][9]

On January 26, 2017, Hutchinson signed a bill into law banning dismemberment abortions, a blatant form of murder of dismemberment abortions.[10] Hutchinson had also signed a bill in 2015 requiring that abortion doctors who give abortion-inducing pills must have a contract with another doctor with admitting privileges in nearby hospitals. The Supreme Court allowed the law to go into effect in 2018.[11][12][13]

On March 22, 2017, Hutchinson signed into law a bill expanding concealed carry in Arkansas, including allowing campus carry.[14][15] On March 24, 2017, Hutchinson signed a bill into law reinstating a revised version of Arkansas's voter ID law, which had been struck down by the state's supreme court in 2014.[16]

On February 19, 2019, Hutchinson signed a bill into law that would automatically make abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade is overturned.[17]

Personal life

Hutchinson is married to his wife Susan, and together they have four children.[18] His brother, Tim Hutchinson, has also served in a variety of positions, most notably as U.S. Representative in the same district as his brother from 1993 to 1997, and as U.S. Senator from 1997 to 2003.[19]


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 HUTCHINSON, Asa, (1950 - ). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  2. Asa Hutchinson's Biography. Project Vote Smart. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Hardy, Benjamin (January 15, 2015). Arkansan of the Year: Asa Hutchinson. Arkansas Times. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Asa Hutchinson. National Governors Association. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Glueck, Katie (October 16, 2014). Clinton adversary's change of heart. Politico. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  6. Voices of Arkansas: A Report on Voting Trends in the Natural State (2006 election results). Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  7. November 4, 2014 Arkansas General Election and Nonpartisan Runoff Election: Official Results. Arkansas Secretary of State. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  8. Richardson, Valerie (April 2, 2015). Arkansas, Indiana Religious Freedom Bill Revisions Spark More Debates. The Washington Times. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  9. Huston, Warner Todd (April 2, 2015). Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Altered Religious Liberty Bill. Breitbart News. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  10. Bilger, Micaiah (January 27, 2017). Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Signs Bill to Ban Dismemberment Abortions Tearing Off Babies’ Limbs. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  11. Freiburger, Calvin (May 29, 2018). Supreme Court rejects Planned Parenthood bid to block Arkansas abortion law. LifeSiteNews. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  12. Berry, Susan (May 30, 2018). Supreme Court Rejects Planned Parenthood Challenge to Arkansas Abortion Law. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  13. Hurley, Lawrence (May 29, 2018). U.S. top court rejects challenge to strict Arkansas abortion law. Reuters. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  14. Hawkins, Awr (March 16, 2017). Campus Carry Passes Arkansas Legislature, Heads to Governor’s Desk. Breitbart News. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  15. Pettit, Emma (March 22, 2017). VIDEO: Hutchinson signs bill expanding where concealed-carry holders can bring guns in state. Arkansas Online. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
  16. Lyon, John (March 24, 2017). Arkansas governor signs voter ID bill into law. Arkansas News. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  17. Multiple references:
  18. Governor Asa Hutchinson. Arkansas Governor. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  19. HUTCHINSON, Timothy, (1949 - ). Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved October 29, 2016.

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