BY LEANN DILBECK –
John Maddox, Chair of the Polk County Republican Committee, has announced the keynote speaker for the upcoming Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner as Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The event will be held at the Ouachita Center and will include the opportunity to “meet and mingle” with other office holders and candidates.
Asa Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas in January, and immediately set in motion his plan to bring more jobs and economic growth to his native state.
Governor Hutchinson kept a major campaign promise by working to pass the biggest income tax rate cut in state history. His initiative to require computer-coding classes in every public high school makes Arkansas a national leader and signals to businesses everywhere that our students will be prepared for the 21st century economy.
In addition, the Governor’s emphasis on government efficiencies — including a hiring freeze instituted on his first day — have resulted in taxpayer savings and better focused state services. As part of his strategy to market Arkansas and attract more jobs and businesses to the state, Governor Hutchinson already has met with CEOs of major industries across the globe from Silicon Valley to Germany and Cuba.
On the national stage, Governor Hutchinson has been a key leader in education, energy and security. The Governor is chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, and vice chairman of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.
Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson 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 42 years. They have four children and five grandchildren.
The event is scheduled for April 9 at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, you may contact Erma Mize at 394-1982, LaDon Copelin at 394-5570 or Gar Eisele at 394-4332. Tickets will also be available at the door.