Asa Hutchinson became governor of Arkansas on January 13, 2015.
Hutchinson was raised on a farm near Gravette, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law and has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a small business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur.
At the age of 31, he was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas – the youngest in the country, at that time. Hutchinson served as a U.S. Congressman from 1996 to 2001, when he was appointed as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In January 2003, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Susan Hutchinson became the first lady of Arkansas when her husband, Governor Asa Hutchinson, was sworn in as governor on January 13, 2015.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Hutchinson grew up as the second of seven children. She was valedictorian of Fulton High School and attended Bob Jones University in South Carolina, where she met her husband, Governor Asa Hutchinson. After graduation, she taught biology and algebra in Memphis.
The first lady brings to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion a lifetime of experience advocating for and working with children. Among other initiatives, Mrs. Hutchinson hopes to establish more Children’s Advocacy Centers in Arkansas and will advocate for more exposure to the arts for students in her state.
The Hutchinsons were married in 1973. They have four children and six grandchildren.
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