Donna Hutchinson

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Donna Jean King Hutchinson

Arkansas State Representative for District 98 (Benton County)
In office
January 2007 – January 2013
Succeeded by John Burris

Born August 23, 1949
New Bern, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Former U.S. Senator Young Timothy "Tim" Hutchinson (married 1970-1999, divorced)
Alma mater University of Arkansas
Occupation Mediation counselor in Bella Vista, Arkansas
Religion Christianity

Donna Jean King Hutchinson (born August 23, 1949) is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for 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.[1] Her former brother-in-law is current Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, who was 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 like his brother Asa 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.[2]

Hutchinson served on the Arkansas House Education Committee and chaired the Subcommittee on Vocational-Technical Institutions. She was also a member of the House State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Joint Budget Committee. She was an alternate member on the Joint Energy Committee. In addition, she chaired the Arkansas Legislative Women's Caucus.[2]

Hutchinson was term limited in 2012, a stipulation since altered, and was then ineligible to seek a fourth two-year term in the state House.

References

  1. Sen. Tim Hutchinson to wed former staffer, August 13, 2000. thecabin.net. Retrieved on June 30, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Donna Hutchinson, R-98. arkansashouse.org. Retrieved on June 30, 2012.