|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Arkansas's 2nd district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2015
|Preceded by||Tim Griffin|
James French Hill
December 5, 1956
Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
|Education||Vanderbilt University (BS)|
James French Hill (born December 5, 1956) is an American businessman and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Hill was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. He attended the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, where he earned a certified corporate director designation.
From 1982 to 1984, Hill was an aide to Republican Senator John Tower. He was a staffer on the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. Hill was executive secretary to President George H. W. Bush’s Economic Policy Council from 1991 to 1993, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance from 1989 to 1991. Hill founded and was CEO and chairman of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation in Little Rock until its acquisition by Simmons Bank in 2014.
Hill ran for the 2nd district U.S. House seat after fellow Republican Tim Griffin decided instead to run for lieutenant governor. Hill defeated Democratic nominee Pat Hays, the mayor of North Little Rock, 52 to 44 percent.
Hill was renominated in the Republican primary over Brock Olree of Searcy (White County) and was reelected with 58% of the vote against the Democratic nominee, former Little Rock School District Board President Dianne Curry, and Libertarian nominee Chris Hayes of North Little Rock.
In 2017, Arkansas's 2nd district was included on the initial list of Republican-held seats targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018. In the November general election, Hill defeated Democratic nominee Clarke Tucker with 52.1% of the vote to Tucker's 45.8%. Libertarian Joe Swafford received 2%.
Hill ran for another term. Sarah Huckabee Sanders endorsed Hill, speaking at a rally in support of him.
In 2020, the Hill campaign warned that Democratic nominee Joyce Elliott was "as dangerous as they come". Hill warned that if elected, Elliott would "be a member of the Democratic conference and she'd be a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and her first vote would be for Speaker Pelosi to be the speaker of the House." In the November general election, Hill defeated Elliott.
Hill has been a member of the U.S. House during the presidencies of Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden. During Trump's presidency, Hill voted in line with the president's position 96.8% of the time. At the start of Biden's presidency, Hill opposed Biden's decision to cancel the Keystone Pipeline. He said he wanted to work with the Biden administration on policy issues including Iran, free trade, and immigration. As of October 2021, Hill had voted in line with Biden's stated position 12.5% of the time.
On May 4, 2017, Hill voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and pass the American Health Care Act. He voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.
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.
Hill praised the Trump administration's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hill acknowledged Biden's victory in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, voting to certify the results of the Electoral College and declining to participate in attempts to overturn the election results.
In March 2021, Hill voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
In 2020 and 2021, Hill strongly opposed plans by the United States and other nations in the G7 to issue a $650 billion Special Drawing Rights general allocation, calling for a specific and targeted allocation instead.
Hill strongly supported Biden's airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria.
On May 19, 2021, Hill was one of 35 Republicans who joined all Democrats in voting to approve legislation to establish the January 6, 2021 commission meant to investigate the storming of the U.S. Capitol.
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district Republican primary election, 2014|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2014|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district Republican primary election, 2016|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||86,474||84.54|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2016|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||176,472||58.34|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2018|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||132,125||52.1|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2020|
|Republican||French Hill (inc.)||184,093||55.4|
A ninth-generation Arkansan and a Roman Catholic, Hill resides in Little Rock. He and his wife, Martha McKenzie, have two children.
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