French Hill Announces for U.S. House of Representatives in District 2, Arkansas

Little Rock businessman and civic leader, French Hill, 56, announced today that he is running for U.S. House of Representatives in District 2, Arkansas, the seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Griffin. French Hill called Congressman Griffin to notify him of his decision to run and is filing his paperwork to establish a committee with the Federal Election Commission today.

In making the announcement, Mr. Hill said, “I’m running for Congress because we need more business leaders in Congress – not more career politicians. I grew up in the Second District and live and work here today.  Everyday at my business my priorities are helping Arkansas’s entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses and encouraging families to save and invest. I know first hand the challenges businesses and families in Arkansas face, and in Congress, I will fight every day for policies that spur economic growth and job creation. I will demand greater accountability at every level of the federal government and do away with job-killing policies like ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank. Representing the Second District in Congress would be an honor, and I look forward to working hard to earn the trust and support of Arkansans in the months ahead.”

More on French Hill:  A ninth generation Arkansan, Mr. Hill has devoted himself to building central Arkansas as a premier place to live, work, and raise a family.   After a successful career with Arkansas’s largest financial institution, in 1999, he founded Delta Trust & Banking Corp., a banking and investment business headquartered in Little Rock.   He serves as chairman and chief executive officer.  Delta Trust has grown from an idea on paper to a business employing over 130 bankers, trust, insurance and investment advisors across ten offices in the state of Arkansas and with customers across the country.

In addition to his business endeavors, Mr. Hill is generous with his time, serving many civic organizations including service as a trustee of the George W. Donaghey Foundation, benefiting the growth and development of UALR; a board member of Arkansas Children’s Hospital; past chairman of the UALR College of Business Advisory Board; a board member of the Quapaw Area Council, Boy Scouts of America; past president ofFifty for the Future; past president of the Rotary Club of Little Rock; past board member of the Little Rock Catholic High School Foundation;  a commissioner of the Historic Arkansas Museum; and he is serving as the 2013 chairman of the board of the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hill and his wife Martha have two children, Liza and Payne, and they attend the Cathedral of St. Andrew Catholic Church.  Mr. Hill is a1975 graduate of Little Rock Catholic High School and a 1979 magna cum laude graduate in economics from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.  Prior to his return to Little Rock in 1993, Mr. Hill was a senior economic policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.  For his service at the Treasury and the White House, he was awarded the Treasury’s Distinguished Service Award in 1993. Working with the late Senator John G. Tower, Hill served as a senior legislative aide on theU.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1982 to 1984. Mr. Hill is a passionate outdoorsman, and he actively enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing, camping, and backpacking in the Natural State.  He is a Life Member of the NRA and the Ozark Society as well as a member of Ducks Unlimited.  He is a past south central section chair of The AmericanAlpine Club.

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