Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the annual Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner.

Governor Asa Hutchinson will be the keynote speaker for the annual Clark County Lincoln Day Dinner.
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 2, at Henderson State University’s Garrison Center Ballroom. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner and program to follow at 6:30 p.m.
Governor Hutchinson was sworn in as the 46th Governor of Arkansas in 2015, promising to bring more jobs and economic growth to the State.
Since then, he has led trade missions to China to recruit foreign investment that led to Sun Paper Company agreeing to invest $1 billion to build a facility in Arkadelphia that will employ 250 people. He also visited Arkadelphia High School recently as part of a state tour to promote his computer science initiative. This initiative would improve computer science education in Arkansas with the goal of helping students compete for the one million unfilled jobs in that field by 2020.
In the most recent legislative session Gov. Hutchinson signed into law numerous proposals aimed at job creation and economic growth, including Act 165, which coupled with the state’s computer science initiative, will bring financial technology start-ups to the state. Hutchinson also signed two tax relief bills into law earlier this year. Act 78 reduces the tax burden on individuals who make below $21,000 annually and Act 141 exempts military retirement pay from the state income tax. 
Before being elected governor, he served in a variety of posts in the private and public sector. He served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas’ 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 43 years.
Sponsored by the Clark County Republican Committee (CCRC), the evening will start with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Garrison Center Ballroom where attendees may visit with Hutchinson and other state office holders, such as Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, who will also be speaking at the dinner. Local state representatives, Richard Womack and Justin Gonzales, and state Republican Party Chairman, Doyle Webb, will also attend the reception and dinner.
The dinner will begin at 6:30 in the Ballroom. Tickets are $40 for adults, $30 for students, and $350 for a table of 8. The deadline is Thursday, April 27, and tickets will not be sold at the door.
For more information or to order tickets, call Shelly Craft at (870) 403-1887 or Eddie Arnold at (870) 245-6373.
Eddie Arnold, CCRC Chairman, stated “We are very excited and fortunate to have Governor Hutchinson speaking at our banquet this year. We have one of the largest Lincoln Day Dinners in the state and hope more people will come out this year to meet our Governor, thank him for his help in bringing Sun Paper Company to Arkadelphia, and make him feel welcome.”