Bush to Nominate Asa Hutchinson to Homeland Post

by Arkansas Business staff  on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 12:57 pm  

President Bush said Monday that he intends to nominate Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, administrator for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, as under secretary for border transportation security of the new U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Bush signed the department into law on Monday. The department is scheduled to be fully operational on Sept. 1, about two years after the terrorist attacks that prompted the sweeping change in government.

In March, the Secret Service, Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and other agencies will join the Department of Homeland Security, which will have 140,000 employees. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge will lead the department, charged with protecting the country against attacks on American soil.

Before his appointment in 2001 to the DEA, Hutchinson was a member of the U.S. Congress representing Arkansas' 3rd District. While in Congress, he was on the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Committee on Intelligence.

Before his time in Congress, Hutchinson practiced law in Arkansas for 21 years and tried more than 100 jury trials. He was the youngest U.S. Attorney in the nation at age 31. He received his bachelor's degree from Bob Jones University and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Hutchinson is the brother of U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-Ark., who was defeated in his reelection bid this month by Arkansas Attorney General Mark Pryor, a Democrat.



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