On a special edition of “Arkansas Week,” host Steve Barnes sits down with Gov. Asa Hutchinson as his term comes to a close Friday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m. on Arkansas PBS and livestreaming at myarpbs.org/watch.
Gov. Hutchinson will discuss his time in office and future plans. Highlights of the interview include Gov. Hutchinson’s greatest accomplishments, Medicaid expansion, social legislation and future of the Republican Party.
In addition to Gov. Hutchinson’s appearance on “Arkansas Week,” a second part of the interview will be available at youtube.com/arkansaspbs in which the discussion will focus on national issues related to former President Donald Trump and his plans on a potential presidential run.
Asa Hutchinson is the 46th governor of the State of Arkansas. In 2018, he was reelected with 65% of the vote, having received more votes than any other candidate for governor in the state’s history. The last day of his tenure as governor will be Jan. 1.
Hutchinson 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 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.
Hutchinson is the former Chairman of the National Governors Association. He is also 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.
Hutchinson is a native of Gravette and a graduate of the University of Arkansas law school. He and his wife, Susan, have been married 49 years. They have four children and seven grandchildren.
An encore of “Arkansas Week Special Edition: Gov. Asa Hutchinson” will air Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
"Arkansas Week Special Edition: Gov. Asa Hutchinson" will air Friday, Dec. 23, at 7:30 p.m.
Catch an encore of "Arkansas Week Special Edition: Gov. Asa Hutchinson" on Friday, Dec. 30, at 7:30 p.m.