Speeches

Asa Arkansas's Governor

State of the State Address 91st Session of the General Assembly
January, 10th 2017

Thank you, and I salute you as well. It is good to be back with you.

Mr. Lieutenant Governor, President Dismang, Speaker Gillam, Members of the General Assembly, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the Court—I see Cabinet Members here as well that are key parts of my administration. This is an occasion that is meaningful to me, personally, but it is also significant for the state of Arkansas because we are gathered together as Arkansans, as people who are devoted to the public good. And so, those of you who are new here, congratulations. Those... Read Full Transcript

Memorial Day 2016
May, 30th 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, Gold star family members, men and women who have served and are here today representing family members who have served our country, and have sacrificed in many different ways. Director Snead, thank you for your service as head of the Arkansas department of veterans affairs and for making sure that this event that we have for our families is strong, it is continuous, and it is memorable, because this is a day of remembrance. It is a day to remember and enjoy the blessings of liberty.

We are here today, but because of the... Read Full Transcript

Governor Hutchinson’s Address to the Arkansas General Assembly Ahead of the Special Session
May, 19th 2016

Speaker Gilliam, President Dismang, members of the Arkansas General Assembly… Thank you for coming together in response to my call for this Extraordinary Session of the legislature.

As you know, the overriding and primary concern of this session is to deal with the need of highway funding here in Arkansas to make sure that we have adequate funding for our highways, roads and infrastructure.

Now, as you know, there’s been a few other items added to the agenda, and I know you like history. There have been 36 special sessions since 1966. The average... Read Full Transcript

Governor’s Address to 90th General Assembly ahead of Special Session on Arkansas Works
April, 06th 2016

To Lieutenant Governor Griffin, Speaker Gillam, President Pro Tempore Dismang, honorable members of the Arkansas General Assembly…

When it comes to the art of government and politics, there are a few things that are certain. In fact, until yesterday, it was not certain as to the specific items to be placed on the call of this extraordinary session of the General Assembly. But I can say, and I hope that you’ll agree, that there’s some things that we can say with certainty today. And that is, it’s a blessing to... Read Full Transcript

Joint Healthcare Task Force Address
August, 19th 2015

Thank you Chairman Collins, Chairman Hendren, for your leadership. For the record, I’m Governor Asa Hutchinson and I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you today. I feel as if I’m appearing before a joint session of Congress. This is a very impressive gathering.

First of all, I want to express my appreciation to the leadership. Rep. Hendren and Rep. Collins have taken time out of their schedule to go with me to meet with Secretary Burwell, and I know personally how much time they’ve devoted to this, and I know... Read Full Transcript

Address to the Political Animals Club of Little Rock
May, 11th 2015

It’s exciting to be governor. It’s especially exciting on a day like today. I started the day at Conway High School as part of my computer science tour through the high schools of Arkansas. We’ve already hit six high schools. We’ll be hitting more than 10 before it’s over with.

I was in Conway, then Mayflower. I’ll be going to Arkadelphia later today, Jonesboro and Paragould tomorrow. I’ve already been up in Northwest Arkansas. So, we’re really hitting a lot of schools. Read Full Transcript

Governor Hutchinson speech on healthcare and Medicaid reform in Arkansas
January, 22nd 2015

Thank you. Thank you, Dr. Rahn for your introduction and especially for your leadership at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and for this forum and this venue to talk about healthcare and its future in Arkansas.

I am delighted that there are a few people interested in this topic. The fact that you're here reflects the importance of this issue for our state, and I'm grateful for your presence here today. I'm particularly glad to see so many legislators that are in the room. I want to recognize Senator Jonathan Dismang for... Read Full Transcript

GOVERNOR ASA HUTCHINSON INAUGURAL ADDRESS
January, 13th 2015

Gov. Tucker, Gov. Huckabee, Sen. Pryor, Mr. Chief Justice, distinguished guests, and, most importantly, to my fellow Arkansans,

Thank you. 

I am humbled by the opportunity and the responsibility that you, the people of Arkansas, have bestowed upon me. Today, I accept that responsibility as the 46th elected Governor of this great state.

There are moments in life that stand apart. This is one of those moments. For me, it is my highest public honor. But, more importantly, it is a tribute to the miracle of democracy that we witness every election... Read Full Transcript

Inaugural Speech to the Arkansas General Assembly
January, 13th 2015

Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Distinguished Members of the House and the Senate, our constitutional officers, members of the court, and fellow Arkansans:

Thank you.

I am glad they didn't recount those votes.

It is an honor to stand before you today as the 46th elected governor of Arkansas. I want to acknowledge my wife Susan, who has stood with me every step of the way. I want to acknowledge my family: my children, Asa, John, Sarah; Seth is not here with me. Dave, thank you for all your leadership. Holly, thank you.... Read Full Transcript