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 the former Chairman and CEO of Delta Trust & Banking Corporation and an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district since 2015. He is a member of the Republican Party.
In 2018 his net worth was estimated to be $7.04 million.
Early life and education
Hill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Vanderbilt University. He pledged the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and served as president. He later attended the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management where he earned a certified corporate director designation.
Hill founded and was the CEO and chairman of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation in Little Rock until its acquisition by Simmons Bank in 2014. Hill owns close to $5.25 million in Simmons Bank stock. 
U.S. House of Representatives
Hill decided to run for the 2nd district U.S. House seat after fellow Republican Tim Griffin decided instead to run for lieutenant governor. Hill then defeated Democrat 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 former Little Rock School District Board President Dianne Curry, a Democrat, 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 being targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in 2018. In the November 2018 general election, Hill defeated Democratic nominee Clarke Tucker with 52.1% of the vote to Tucker's 45.8%. Libertarian Joe Swafford received 2%.
- Committee on Financial Services
- Congressional Arts Caucus
- Republican Study Committee
- United States Congressional International Conservation Caucus
- U.S.-Japan Caucus
CARES Act Congressional Oversight Panel
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. Conflicts of interests have been alleged against Hill in his role overseeing CARES Act appropriations, as Hill owns $5.25 million in shares of Simmons Bank, which has issued between $7.33 million and $1.4 billion in Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans, half of them to large companies in sums over $150,000.
|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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- "Financial Disclosure". financial-disclosures.sos.arkansas.gov. Retrieved July 29, 2020.
- Representative French Hill official U.S. House site
- 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
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
| United States Representatives by seniority
|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|