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Tim Hutchinson


In office
January 3, 1997 – January 3, 2003
Preceded by David Pryor
Succeeded by Mark Pryor

Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 2, 1997
Preceded by John P. Hammerschmidt
Succeeded by Asa Hutchinson

Born August 11, 1949 (1949-08-11) (age 60)
Bentonville, Arkansas
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) (1) Donna Hutchinson (divorced)

(2) Randi Fredholm

Alma mater Bob Jones University
University of Arkansas
Religion Baptist

Young Timothy Hutchinson, known as Tim Hutchinson[1] (born August 11, 1949) is a Republican politician and former senator from the state of Arkansas.

Hutchinson was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, and he graduated from Bob Jones University. He currently is a lobbyist and is a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.

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Early political career

Hutchinson served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1985 to 1992. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican in 1992, representing the 3rd District to succeed retiring incumbent John P. Hammerschmidt. He defeated a fellow Republican state lawmaker Richard L. Barclay of Rogers, also from Benton County. Hutchinson served in the House until 1997, after being elected to the United States Senate.

United States Senator

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1996 election

Hutchinson ran for the Senate seat being vacated by popular Democrat David Pryor in 1996. Initially, the leading Republican candidate was Lieutenant Governor Mike Huckabee. When Democratic Governor Jim Guy Tucker resigned after being convicted of mail fraud, however, Huckabee assumed the governorship and dropped out of the Senate race[2]; Hutchinson entered soon after and captured the Republican nomination. He would face state Attorney General Winston Bryant in the general election. Even though native son Bill Clinton carried the state by a 17 point margin over Bob Dole in the presidential race,[3] Hutchinson defeated Bryant 53%-47% to become the first Republican Senator from Arkansas since Reconstruction.

Actions in the Senate

His voting record was conservative: he is pro-life, supports tax cuts, supports de-regulation of the economy, supports the death penalty and a Constitutional amendment banning flag burning, opposes same-sex marriage, and opposes expanding hate crimes legislation.

He served on the Armed Services Committee, Aging Committee, Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Veterans' Affairs Committee. He was one of 16 co-sponsors of the Iraq Resolution (S.J.RES.46).[4]

2002 re-election campaign

Hutchinson faced a tough re-election campaign in 2002 against Attorney General Mark Pryor, David Pryor's son. During his term as Senator, Hutchinson divorced his wife of twenty-nine years and then married a congressional aide in 2000. Though Hutchinson denied any impropriety and Pryor refused to make it an issue in the campaign, the divorce was well known to his constituents and substantially hurt his popularity. Pryor was also helped by the presence of his still popular father in a campaign commercial.[5] Hutchinson lost to Pryor by eight points, making him the only Republican incumbent to be defeated that year.[6]

Post-political career

Hutchinson joined the Washington, D.C.-based law firm of Dickstein Shapiro in January 2003 as a senior adviser.[7]

Family

Hutchinson's younger brother, Asa, succeeded him as U.S. Representative from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district. Tim and Asa Hutchinson are both graduates of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, Class of 1972.

Hutchison's identical twin sons, Jeremy and Timothy Hutchinson, were the first twins to serve alongside each other in the Arkansas General Assembly, both as members of the House of Representatives. Hutchinson is also the brother-in-law of Arkansas State Senator Kim Hendren who married his sister, Marylea, in 1958. Hendren is currently a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat held by Blanche Lincoln in the 2010 election.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John P. Hammerschmidt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 3rd congressional district

1993 – 1997
Succeeded by
Asa Hutchinson
United States Senate
Preceded by
David Pryor
United States Senator (Class 2) from Arkansas
1997 – 2003
Served alongside: Dale Bumpers, Blanche Lincoln
Succeeded by
Mark Pryor

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