French Hill

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French Hill
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U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
In office
January 3, 2015 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
PredecessorTim Griffin (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$2,197,495
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
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French Hill is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 2nd Congressional District of Arkansas.[1] He won election on November 4, 2014, by defeating Patrick Hays (D) and Debbie Standiford (L) in the general election.[2]


Hill is the founder and chairman of Delta Trust & Bank. He has served as senior policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and senior advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Hill's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 2015-Present: U.S. Representative from Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District
  • 2008: Senior advisor, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas
  • 1991-1993: Special assistant to the President and Executive Secretary of Economic Policy Council
  • 1989-1991: Deputy assistant, United States Secretary of the Treasury
  • 1982-1984: Staff, United States House of Representatives Committee on Banking, House & Urban Affairs
  • 1975: Graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Hill serves on the following committees:[5]


Campaign themes


Hill's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Healthcare: "Obamacare is more than just a malfunctioning website—it is a $2.2 trillion mistake. Big government, “one size fits all” solutions simply do not work in our large, complex country. This law is harming Americans with fewer choices, higher healthcare costs and countless tax increases."
  • Jobs, Taxes & the Economy: "Our economy remains adrift, wages are flat, Obamacare is not working, and businesses face so much uncertainty. Americans have little faith in Washington. Sadly, opportunities are slipping away for future generations because of anti-business regulations and job-killing policies. The current administration has only made things worse."
  • Government Spending and Debt: "Washington is out of control and career politicians are bankrupting our country. The federal government needs to quit trying to do everything and instead, shift power back to state and local governments. The federal government is too big and spends too much."


—French Hill's campaign website,



See also: Arkansas's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2014

Hill won election in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Arkansas's 2nd District. Hill defeated Ann Clemmer and Conrad Reynolds to secure the Republican nomination in the primary on May 20, 2014.[8] He then defeated Patrick Hays (D) and Debbie Standiford (L) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2]

The National Republican Congressional Committee added Hill to their "On the Radar" list in November 2013. According to the NRCC, candidates that made this list were set to receive "...the tools they need to run successful, winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents."[9]

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 51.9% 123,073
     Democratic Patrick Hays 43.6% 103,477
     Libertarian Debbie Standiford 4.5% 10,590
     N/A Write-in 0.1% 190
Total Votes 237,330
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State
U.S. House, Arkansas District 2 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngFrench Hill 55.1% 29,916
Ann Clemmer 22.8% 12,400
Conrad Reynolds 22.1% 11,994
Total Votes 54,310
Source: Arkansas Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor history

Comprehensive donor information for Hill is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Hill raised a total of $2,197,495 during that time period. This information was last updated on January 27, 2015.[10]

French Hill's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 US House (Arkansas, District 2) Won $2,197,495
Grand Total Raised $2,197,495


Hill won election to the U.S. House in 2014. During that election cycle, Hill's campaign committee raised a total of $2,198,995 and spent $2,149,743.[11] This is more than the average $1.45 million spent by House winners in 2014.[12]

Cost per vote

Hill spent $17.47 per vote received in 2014.

U.S. House, Arkansas District 2, 2014 - French Hill Campaign Contributions
Total Raised $2,198,995
Total Spent $2,149,743
Total Raised by Election Runner-up $1,564,805
Total Spent by Election Runner-up $1,563,516
Top contributors to French Hill's campaign committee
Stephens Group$109,450
Arvest Bank Group$20,400
American Kidney Stone Management$14,000
Ernst & Young$13,800
Mountaire Corp$13,200
Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee
Securities & Investment$198,946
Leadership PACs$165,146
Commercial Banks$99,764
Oil & Gas$86,350

Below are Hill's FEC reports.


Hill and his wife, Martha, have two children and live in Little Rock.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Griffin
U.S. House, Arkansas, District 2
January 3, 2015-Present
Succeeded by