Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was re-elected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state’s history. He has won recognition for the state as a leader in computer science education, cut taxes by over $250 million, and signed a law that exempts the retirement pay of veterans from state income tax.
President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. Attorney
President Ronald Reagan appointed Governor Hutchinson as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas. In 1996, he won the first of three successive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. During his third term in Congress, President George W. Bush appointed him director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and later as an undersecretary in the newly created Department of Homeland Security. His experience has established him as a national resource for his expertise on trade, energy, national security, and education.
Hutchinson is the current Chair of the National Governors Association
The Governor is the current Chair of the National Governors Association. He is the former co-chair of the Council of Governors and the former chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), Southern States Energy Board (SSEB), and the Southern Regional Education Board.
Governor Hutchinson grew up on a small farm in Gravette. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas law school. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 48 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
Early life, education and early career
Hutchinson was born in Bentonville, Arkansas, on December 3, 1950. He graduated with a B.S. in accounting from Bob Jones University in 1972 and a J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 1975. Hutchinson worked as a city attorney in Bentonville from 1977 to 1978 and a U.S. attorney, appointed by President Ronald Reagan (R), for the Western District of Arkansas from 1982 to 1985.
U.S. House of Representatives (1997-2001): Hutchinson represented Arkansas’ 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House from 1997 to 2001. Director, Drug Enforcement Administration (2001-2003): Hutchinson was the director of the Drug Enforcement Administration from 2001 to 2003. Undersecretary, Department of Homeland Security (2003-2005): Hutchinson served as the undersecretary for border and transportation security at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2003 to 2005. He was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush (R). Governor of Arkansas (2015-present): Hutchinson assumed office as the governor of Arkansas on January 13, 2015.
Gov. Hutchinson has an estimated net worth of $5 million.