French Hill (politician)

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J. French Hill
French Hill official photo.jpg
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2015
Preceded by Tim Griffin
Personal details
Born (1956-12-05) December 5, 1956 (age 62)
Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Little Rock, Arkansas
Alma mater Vanderbilt University (B.S.)
UCLA School of Management
Occupation banker, investor
Religion Roman Catholic[1][2]
Website Rep. French Hill

James French Hill (born December 5, 1956) is an American politician who is the U.S. Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district. He was elected in the 2014 election and took office on January 3, 2015.

Early life and education

He attended Vanderbilt University[3] graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in economics. 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.[4]


Hill served in President George H. W. Bush’s administration as Executive Secretary to the President’s Economic Policy Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Corporate Finance.[5]

Hill founded and was the CEO and Chairman of the Board Delta Trust and Banking Corporation in Little Rock until its acquisition by Simmons First Bank in 2014.[6]

U.S. House of Representatives

2014 election

Hill decided to run for Arkansas' 2nd congressional district after Republican congressman Tim Griffin decided to run for Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas. Hill defeated Democrat Pat Hays, the Mayor of North Little Rock,[7] 52%– 44%.[8]

Committee assignments

Personal life

A ninth-generation Arkansan, Hill resides in Little Rock. He is married to Martha McKenzie (originally of Dallas, Texas) and has two children, Liza and Payne.


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  3. Burnett, Lisa (20 May 2014). "Hill gets GOP nod for District 2". Arkansas Online.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>,
  4. "J. French Hill – 40 Under 40 – 1996". Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "2013 SMEI Arkansas Top Manager of the Year Award". Sales and Marketing Executives International, Inc. Retrieved 11 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Friedman, Mark; Turner, Lance (24 March 2014). "Simmons First to Buy Delta Trust for $66M". Retrieved 4 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "GOP's French Hill wins US House seat in Arkansas". Associated Press. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Arkansas House results – 2014 Election Center – Elections and Politics from". CNN. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tim Griffin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

United States order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Jody Hice
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Will Hurd