French Hill (politician)
|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.
Early life, education and career
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.
U.S. House of Representatives
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%.
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 June 2021, Hill had voted in line with Biden's stated position 13% of the time.
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 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. 
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.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district Republican primary election, 2014|
|Arkansas's 2nd congressional district election, 2014|
|Democratic||Patrick Henry Hays||103,477||43.60|
|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|
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- "J. French Hill – 40 Under 40 – 1996". ArkansasBusiness.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". SMEI.org. Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
- Friedman, Mark; Turner, Lance (March 24, 2014). "Simmons First to Buy Delta Trust for $66M". ArkansasBusiness.com. Retrieved September 4, 2015.
- "GOP's French Hill wins US House seat in Arkansas". Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
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- Cheney, Kyle (January 30, 2017). "Amid Democratic doldrums, DCCC identifies 2018 targets". Politico. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
- "Arkansas Election Results: Second House District". New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
- "Sarah Huckabee Sanders encourages Arkansas voters at French Hill rally". THV 11. October 31, 2020. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- Cushman, Paige (November 3, 2020). "French Hill wins re-election against Democratic opponent Joyce Elliott". KATV. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
- Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). "Tracking J. French Hill In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
- Brock, Roby (February 14, 2021). "U.S. Rep. French Hill notes areas for 'common ground' with Biden administration". Talk Business & Politics. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
- Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
- "How the House voted to pass the GOP health-care bill". Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
- "How every member voted on health care bill". CNN. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
- Almukhtar, Sarah (December 19, 2017). "How Each House Member Voted on the Tax Bill". The New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- "Hill named to panel overseeing virus aid". Arkansas Online. April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
- Lockwood, Frank; Herzog, Rachel (December 15, 2020). "3 state delegates in D.C. accept vote of electors". Arkansas Online. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
- "How Arkansas's congressmen voted on the objections to the electoral college vote". KARK. January 7, 2021. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
- "FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 49". clerk.house.gov. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
- "Biden's Syria airstrike earns applause from prominent Republicans". Fox News. February 26, 2021.
- LeBlanc, Paul (May 19, 2021). "Here are the 35 House Republicans who voted for the January 6 commission". CNN. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
- "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
- "Member List". Republican Study Committee. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
- "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- "Members". U.S. - Japan Caucus. Retrieved December 11, 2018.
- "Arkansas Election Results". The New York Times. November 6, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
- "Arkansas–2: J. French Hill (R)". Nationaljournal.com. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to French Hill (politician).|
- Representative French Hill official U.S. House website
- French Hill for Congress
- French Hill at Curlie
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district
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|114th||Senate: J. Boozman • T. Cotton||House: R. Crawford • S. Womack • F. Hill • B. Westerman|
|115th||Senate: J. Boozman • T. Cotton||House: R. Crawford • S. Womack • F. Hill • B. Westerman|
|116th||Senate: J. Boozman • T. Cotton||House: R. Crawford • S. Womack • F. Hill • B. Westerman|
|117th||Senate: J. Boozman • T. Cotton||House: R. Crawford • S. Womack • F. Hill • B. Westerman|