Tim Hutchinson, former U.S. Senator from Arkansas, joined Dickstein Shapiro in January 2003, as a senior advisor in the firm’s Public Policy & Law Practice, after serving two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and one term in the U.S. Senate.
Senator Hutchinson’s career spans nearly two decades in elective office. He began as an Arkansas state representative in 1985. In 1992, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Four years later, he became the first Republican ever popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from the State of Arkansas.
While in the House, Senator Hutchinson served on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He was the original sponsor of child tax credit legislation, a key figure in reauthorizing the 1996 welfare reform law, and he chaired the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, which has jurisdiction over one of the largest hospital and healthcare delivery systems in the nation.
In the Senate, Senator Hutchinson continued his leadership on educational issues. While serving on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, he helped shape the Leave No Child Behind legislation and took a leading role in the passage of Education Savings Accounts.
Senator Hutchinson also has played an active role on health care issues. He served on the Patient’s Bill of Rights Conference Committee, was the Chief Senate Sponsor of legislation creating Association Health Plans, and, with Senator Barbara Mikulski, co-sponsored legislation addressing the nation’s nursing shortage. In addition, his interest in the cutting-edge issue of biotechnology led him to form the Senate Biotechnology Caucus.
Senator Hutchinson also sponsored numerous bills addressing labor law modernization and Occupational Safety & Health Administration reform.
Another interest of his has been homeland security issues. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, Senator Hutchinson traveled to many of the world’s hot spots, including South Korea, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Israel. He frequently appeared on television programs like “Larry King Live,” “The O’Reilly Factor,” and “Crossfire” to discuss national security issues. As chairman of the Personnel Subcommittee, he sponsored legislation that now provides lifetime health care for military retirees. He also was the co-chairman of the C-130 Caucus.
Having served four years on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House and two years on the Environment and Public Works Committee in the Senate, Senator Hutchinson helped write the last two national transportation bills.
Senator Hutchinson was deputy whip in the GOP leadership teams in both the House and the Senate, and has received numerous awards over the years for his work on behalf of veterans and the military, including the prestigious L. Mendel Rivers Legislative award. He was named “Legislator of the Year” in 2001 by the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
In December 2011, Senator Hutchinson was named one of the top 30 federal lobbyists in Washington, DC by National Journal and First Street. He was listed among the 10 top former members of Congress lobbying today.
Currently, Senator Hutchinson serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy. He spoke on U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan at the National Press Club.
In May, 2011, he was a key note speaker at the International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.