Governor Asa Hutchinson
Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas on January 13, 2015, promising to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.
During his first full day on the job, Governor Hutchinson called the executives of six companies to let them know Arkansas wanted their business.
He has already fulfilled his pledge to lower taxes and to create a more business-friendly climate. He has forged a consensus on the funding for the private option healthcare initiative through 2016 and to create a task force to recommend future changes.
Governor Hutchinson has worked in a bipartisan way to require computer science in every high school. He crafted a solution to prison overcrowding, refunded our parole system and increased support for alternative sentencing for non-violent offenders.
Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served in a variety of posts in the private and public sector. He served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas's Third District also elected him to Congress three times.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation's youngest U.S. attorney.
He and his wife Susan have been married 41 years. They have four children and five grandchildren.