Jim Hen­dren an­nounces plans to run for Arkansas State Se­nate

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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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