Jim Hendren

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Jim Hendren
President pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate
Assumed office
January 14, 2019
Preceded byJonathan Dismang
Majority Leader of Arkansas Senate
In office
January 13, 2015 – January 14, 2019
Preceded byEddie Joe Williams
Succeeded byBart Hester
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
January 2013
Preceded byRandy Laverty
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 1st district
In office
January 1995 – January 8, 2001
Preceded byRailey Steele
Succeeded byKim Hendren
Personal details
Born (1963-08-12) August 12, 1963 (age 55)
Gravette, Arkansas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Tammy Hendren
RelativesKim Hendren (Father)
Tim and Asa Hutchinson (maternal uncles)
EducationBob Jones University
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (BS)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
RankLieutenant Colonel

James Paul Hendren, known as Jim Hendren (born August 12, 1963),[1] is a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate for District 2 and the current Senate Majority Leader. He resides in Sulphur Springs in Benton County in Northwest Arkansas.


A native of Gravette in Benton County, Hendren spent a semester at Bob Jones University and graduated in 1984 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. From 1984 to 1992, he served in the United States Air Force. A former F-15 fighter pilot, he flew in six intercepts of planes of the former Soviet Union over the Bering Sea. Since 2003, he has been a senior offensive duty guard in the Arkansas Air National Guard. He owns Hendren Plastics Company. He and his wife, Tammy Claire Hendren (born 1964), have four children, Daniel, David, Nick, and Molly. He is a Baptist.[2]

Political life[edit]

Hendren was elected to the Gravette School Board in 1992.

In 1994, Hendren defeated Representative Railey Steele in a race for the Arkansas House of Representatives. He remained a state representative until 2000. During this time, he worked for passage of several pro-life pieces of legislation, including a ban on partial birth abortions in 1996 and the Fetal Protection Law of 1999.

In 2001, Hendren ran unsuccessfully to succeed his uncles, Asa Hutchinson and Tim Hutchinson, representing Arkansas's 3rd congressional district in a special election campaign that was hampered by reports of an extramarital affair.[3][4] Hendren finished a distant third in the Republican primary.[5][circular reference]

In 2003, Hendren returned to military service and joined the Missouri Air National Guard, of which he holds the rank of lieutenant colonel.

In 2012, Hendren ran unopposed for the state Senate; his initial four-year term expired on December 31, 2016. Re-elected in 2016 election, Hendren serves on the Education Facilities Oversight Committee and the Arkansas Legislative Council. He is a member of four other Senate committees: Budget, Children & Youth, Education, and Energy .[2] Hendren passed legislation exempting All Active Duty and National Guard Personnel from State Income Tax in 2013. He was also appointed chairman of a Joint Task Force charged with reforming Public School and Arkansas State Employee Insurance programs.

His father, Kim Hendren, is also a former member of the Arkansas Senate and in a second stint in office a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from at least 2015 to 2017. Through his mother, the former Marylea Hutchinson, his cousins include fellow State Senator Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock and former State Representative Timothy Chad Hutchinson, sons of former Senator Tim Hutchinson, and Hutchinson's first wife, Donna.


  1. ^ "James Paul Hendren". ourcampaigns.com. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "James Paul Hendren". votesmart.org. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  3. ^ http://talkbusiness.net/2001/08/hendren-says-he-made-marital-mistakes/
  4. ^ http://thecabin.net/stories/082301/opi_0823010029.shtml#.WdF2-UzMxjI
  5. ^ Arkansas's 3rd congressional district special election, 2001
Arkansas House of Representatives
Preceded by
Railey Steele
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 1st district

Succeeded by
Kim Hendren
Arkansas Senate
Preceded by
Randy Laverty
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 2nd district

Preceded by
Eddie Joe Williams
Majority Leader of the Arkansas Senate
Succeeded by
Bart Hester
Preceded by
Jonathan Dismang
President pro tempore of the Arkansas Senate