18 Facts About Asa Hutchinson


William Asa Hutchinson II is an American attorney, businessman, and politician who is the 46th and current governor of Arkansas.

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In 2006, Asa Hutchinson was the Republican nominee for governor of Arkansas, but lost to Democratic nominee Mike Beebe, the outgoing state attorney general.

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In 2014, Hutchinson was again the Republican nominee for governor, this time defeating the Democratic nominee, U S Representative Mike Ross.

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In early 2005, Hutchinson founded a consulting firm, Hutchinson Group, LLC, with partners Betty Guhman and Kirk Tompkins, in Little Rock, and accepted a contract for a one-year position with Venable LLP in Washington, D C, as the chair of its Homeland Security practice.

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The news story noted that Asa Hutchinson was unable to touch his stock for another two years.

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In 1986, Hutchinson ran against incumbent Democratic U S senator and former governor Dale Bumpers.

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In 1990, Asa Hutchinson ran against Winston Bryant for attorney general of Arkansas; he lost a close race.

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Tim Hutchinson won his campaign for the U S Senate and served one term, losing his reelection bid in 2002.

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In office, Asa Hutchinson compiled a voting record as conservative as his brother's.

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In 1999, Asa Hutchinson was involved in the effort to reform campaign finance laws and offered an alternative proposal to the bill by Christopher Shays and Marty Meehan, which he opposed on the grounds that it "went too far" by attempting to ban television commercials by legal third-party organizations.

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In 2001, at the beginning of the George W Bush administration, Hutchinson was appointed Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration .

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In May 2022, Asa Hutchinson said he would consider running for president in 2024 even if Donald Trump ran again and that Trump's candidacy would not be a factor in his decision.

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Under Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas resumed executions in 2017 after having executed no one since 2005.

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In February 2019, Hutchinson signed a bill into law that would criminalize abortion in the event Roe v Wade is overturned.

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In 2015, Asa Hutchinson signed into law legislation that would prohibit localities from extending civil rights protections to LGBT individuals.

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In March 2021, Asa Hutchinson signed into law legislation that would allow doctors to refuse non-emergency medical treatment to LGBT people based on moral objection.

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In December 2021, Asa Hutchinson praised President Joe Biden's COVID policies and thanked Biden for his efforts to "get the vaccinations out" and "depoliticizing" the federal COVID response.

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In January 2022, Asa Hutchinson encouraged large businesses to not comply with the Biden administration's vaccine requirements.

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