Jim Hendren

Arkansas State Senator 2nd District

I Believe ...

Role of Government -As your State Senator, I will work to insure that our State Government lives within its means.  My record is clear.  Government must not continue to raise taxes and increase spending.  Just as companies and families continue to increase productivity and do more with less, government spending and growth must be restrained.

 “A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.”
                    Thomas Jefferson


2nd Amendment - As a gun owner myself, I will continue to support American’s constitutional right to bear arms.  The solution to crimes committed with firearms is to strictly enforce our criminal statutes and give law enforcement the tools they need to capture and convict violent criminals.

"The right of the people to keep and bear...arms shall not be infringed. A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the best and most natural defense of a free country..."            James Madison


Protection of the Unborn - I will continue to fight for the unborn.  Working together with Senator Faye Boozman, we achieved the first major Pro-Life victory in over a decade.  Passage of the Partial Birth Abortion Law and the Fetal Protection Law were some of my proudest accomplishments during my time in the Arkansas House of Representatives.  We still have a lot of work to do to protect unborn children and I will continue the fight.

I've noticed that everybody that is for abortion has already been born.”                Ronald Reagan,



Illegal Immigration - The Federal government has failed in its duty to secure our nations borders.  This has created numerous problems for our schools, medical systems, taxpayers and had and adverse effect on our economy.  While legal immigration is vital to our economy and should be encouraged, we must demand the Federal government secure our border.  In the mean time, states must find reasonable ways to deal with the challenges  caused by decades of immigration policy failure.  Specifically, English should be our national language.  Government documents should not be issued to those who are not legal citizens.  Employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants should face tough penalties.  However, the government must give employers better tools to verify citizenship status.

States Rights - States must stop ceding their constitutional responsibility and authority to the Federal government.  While not always directly usurping states rights, the Federal government often uses Federal tax dollars (exacted from Arkansas citizens and companies) to extort states into compliant behavior.  States must aggressively defend themselves from an overreaching Federal government.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Tenth Amendment to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791

Taxes - Six years of experience in the Arkansas legislature taught me one important lesson.  While it is great that Arkansas has and complies with our constitutional requirement to balance its budget, Arkansas has developed a system that insures every tax dollar will be spent, regardless of whether or not it’s needed.  This is why I fought for, and was successful in requiring, 100 million dollars of tobacco settlement money be placed in a trust for future needs.  The most effective way  to control government growth and spending is by controlling the revenue side of the equation -- taxes.  That is why I did not vote for any tax increases in my six years in the Arkansas House and will continue to fight for lower taxes in the Arkansas Senate.

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it”.  ...Ronald Reagan

Faith - I am a sinner, saved by Grace.  I thank God every day for the gift of Salvation, through His Son, Jesus Christ.


Jim Hendren is currently a member of the Missouri Air National Guard and former member U.S. Air Force. Use of his military rank, job titles, and
photographs in uniform does not imply endorsement by the Missouri Air National Guard, U.S. Air Force or the Department of Defense. 

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