The Weekly Vista

Jim Hendren announces plans to run for Arkansas State Senate


Former State Representa­tive and Minority Leader Jim Hendren announces plans to run for the Arkansas State Senate District 2. After being out of state politics for over 10 years, Jim Hendren says the time is right for him to reenter Arkansas politics. “I am excited about being part of the Republican team that finally captures control of the Arkansas Senate. Republican­s will have tremendous opportunit­y to move Arkansas forward to a position of national leadership. “ Hendren is a native of northwest Arkansas. He graduated from Gravette High School in 1981. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a degree in electrical engineerin­g. Following graduation, Hendren served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years as an F-15 fighter pilot. In 1992, Hendren came back to Arkansas and took over the manufactur­ing business that he and his father, Kim Hendren started when Jim was in college. Hendren now owns and operates Hendren Plastics Inc., which employs over 50 people in northwest Arkansas. “Even in this rough economy, we’ve been able to create 25 new jobs in the last three years”. In 1992, Hendren was elected to the Gravette School Board and served twoyears as its president. In 1994 Jim defeated incumbent Railey Steele to become a member of the Arkansas House of Representa­tives. Hendren’s bill to ban Partial Birth Abortions in Arkansas was the first major victory for the prolife movement in over 10 years. He later sponsored and passed the fetal protection law, which punished criminals who caused injury or death to an unborn child. Hendren also worked for legislatio­n cutting taxes, limiting government, and cutting government spending. Over 100 million dollars of tobacco settlement money was put into a trust fund, rather than being spent because of his efforts to scale back government spending and growth. He was elected minority leader during his third and final term. Following an unsuccessf­ul bid for 3rd district Congress in 2001, Hendren returned to community service. He was again elected to the Gravette School Board, in 2002 and 2007. He currently serves as the chairman of Gravette’s Facilities committee and has overseen constructi­on of a new high school, elementary school PE addition, upper elementary addition, band and choir facility, and football stadium. Hendren also returned to military service in 2003. “After 9-11, I felt I had the obligation to contribute. I could not watch my former military family carry the heavy burden and do nothing.” Hendren joined the Missouri Air National Guard, where he still serves and has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Hendren has been married to the former Tammy White of Wichita Falls, Texas, for 25 years and has four children and one granddaugh­ter. His focus will be making Arkansas a leader in job creation in the U.S. “There is no reason that with the right leadership from Little Rock, that Arkansas cannot attract and grow good jobs. We have the resources, education system and outstandin­g people. "We just need to be aggressive about recruiting companies to locate in Arkansas. As a manufactur­ing business owner in Arkansas, I know first hand what companies are looking for. "We need to make growing Arkansas’s economy a priority and it needs to be growth in the private sector, not the public sector.” Second, Hendren says he will work to make Arkansas a leader in energy independen­ce. “It has to start somewhere. Why not here? We must take a leadership role in energy alternativ­es, such as natural gas. "We must stop letting foreign countries strangle our economy.” He plans to work to stop letting the federal government impose mandates and usurp State and local control.

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