Chad Hutchinson

Chad Martin Hutchinson (born February 21, 1977) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. He also is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He played college football at Stanford University.

Chad Hutchinson
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Personal information
Born:February 21, 1977 (age 42)
San Diego, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:237 lb (108 kg)
Career information
High school:Torrey Pines
(San Diego, California)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:413
Pass completions:220
Passing yards:2,466
QB Rating:69.1
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Player stats at PFR
Chad Hutchinson
Born: February 21, 1977 (age 42)
San Diego, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 4, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
April 17, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average24.75

Early life

Hutchinson started practicing football late in his life as a freshman in Torrey Pines High School. He was a two-year starter at outside linebacker that switched to quarterback as a senior, to take advantage of his mobility and arm strength. Even though he led a run oriented Wing T Offense, he recorded a 50% completion average, 1,441 passing yards and 8 touchdowns.[1]

He was a rare two-sport standout, that also showed the talent to play professional baseball after his fastball was clocked at 94-mph. As a senior, he finished with an 11–0 record, a 1.20 earned-run average, 116 strikeouts and earned the Gatorade National Baseball Player-of-the-Year award.[2] In school, he was a straight-A student and his college entrance exam score ranked among the top 10% in the country.

College career

Hutchinson accepted a football scholarship from Stanford University over professional baseball. In 1996 as a redshirt freshman, he was named the starting quarterback over senior Tim Carey. He started slowly, but improved during the season. He suffered a sprained thumb in week seven 9–41 loss against Arizona State University, forcing him to miss practice the week leading up to the game against UCLA. He was still able to guide Stanford on an 80-yard drive in the final minutes to pull off a 21-20 win, where he was seven-of-seven, culminating on a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brian Manning with 0:58 seconds remaining in the contest. His best game was the 38-0 win in the 1996 Sun Bowl against Michigan State University, where he earned Most Valuable Player honors after completing 22 out of 28 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown. He finished the season with 11 starts, 190 out of 312 completions for 2,134 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

As a sophomore, he started 11 games, completing 189 out of 315 passes for 2,101 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In the season opener against San Jose State University, he completed 18 out of 36 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown. In the 58-49 win against the University of Oregon, he completed 21 out of 31 passes for 340 yards and tied a school record with 4 touchdowns. In the tenth game against Washington State University he only had one play before leaving with an injured right thumb. In the season finale 21–20 win against the University of California, he completed 21 out of 25 passes for 194 yards and one touchdown.

In July 1998, he left school with two seasons of eligibility remaining, in order to play professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals. In two seasons he threw for 4,235 yards, 20 touchdowns and 22 interceptions in 23 starts. At the time he ranked seventh All-time in the school's career passing list, fifth in career completion percentage, seventh in career completions, eighth in career attempts, ninth in total offense and eleventh in career touchdown passes. Scouts considered him to be a potential first-round draft choice in the NFL Draft.

His development in football came without the benefit of spring practice, because he also was a starting pitcher for the Stanford Cardinal baseball team. In the spring of 1996, he played as a true freshman and was named the number two starter in the pitching rotation. He compiled a 7-2 record, 70 strikeouts (tied for sixth in the Pac-10) and a 3.51 ERA (fourth in the Pac-10). He also ranked among the league leaders in complete games (4), innings pitched (842) and strikeouts per-nine-innings (7.5). He helped the team finish with a 41-19 record, a second place in the Pac-10 and an appearance in the NCAA West Regional. He received first-team freshman All-American and honorable-mention All-Pac 10 honors.

As a sophomore, his 8–3 record and 110 strikeouts, helped the team reach the 1997 College World Series.[3] As a junior, he had a 10-5 record, making 115 strikeouts in 99.1 innings. He compiled a career record of 25-11 and ranked eighth All-time in school history in wins and sixth in strikeouts with 299. His career ERA was 4.80. He contributed to the team winning the Pac-10 Southern Division championship in 1997 and 1998.

Baseball career

Although Hutchinson had signed a letter of intent to attend Stanford University and was asking for a $1.5 million signing bonus (at the time one of the biggest bonus ever by a draftee), he was still selected 26th overall in the first round because of his potential, after being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft. He decided to attend college, even after the Braves met most of his demands.[4]

He was selected in the second round (48th overall) of the 1998 Major League Baseball Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. In July 1998, he signed a four-year, $3.5 million contract ($2.4 million signing bonus and a $1.1 million four-year guaranteed contract) to forgo the NFL and play exclusively baseball.[5] He began his professional career with the Class-A New Jersey Cardinals, registering an 0-1 record in 3 starts. He was promoted to the Class-AA Prince William Cannons on August 15. He made five starts, going 2-0 with a 2.79 ERA and earning his first professional win against Salem on August 21, after pitching six innings and allowing two solo homers with a walk and six strikeouts.

In 1999, he completed his first full professional season with a combined 9-11 record between the Arkansas Travelers (AA) and the Memphis Redbirds (AAA). He spent most of the season at Arkansas, where he was 7-11 with a 4.72 ERA in 25 starts. He tied for the team lead in wins (seven) and finished second with 150 strikeouts in 141 innings pitched. He struck out 10 or more in three of his starts and was a part of three combined shutouts. He allowed just one hit and had 11 strikeouts in 8 innings pitched during a win at Shreveport (8/6), leading to his selection as Texas League Pitcher for the week ending August 8. On August 27, he was promoted to Memphis and made two starts, going 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA. He earned a win at Vancouver by striking out 11 in 6 innings. On September 27, he was recalled by the St. Louis Cardinals but did not appear in any games.

In 2000, he struggled through an injury-plagued campaign in which he split time between the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) and the Arkansas Travelers (AA). He pitched only 56.1 innings on the year, posting 63 strikeouts and ranking eighth in the Cardinals organization with 10.1 strikeouts-per-nine innings pitched. He opened the season at Memphis, but got off to a bad start before being sent to Arkansas. He pitched well in 8 starts for the Travelers, allowing just one unearned run over 18 innings in one stretch, before being shelved with right elbow problems for more than two months. He returned to pitch three games at season's end, recording 15 strikeouts and 3 walks in 11 innings. He then played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

In 2001, he opened the season on the Cardinals' major league roster and pitching 4 innings in three appearances, before being sent down to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA) on April 22. He remained the rest of the season in Memphis, producing a 4-9 record and a 7.92 ERA in 20 starts. He recorded 111 strikeouts in 97.2 innings and had a 3 game winning streak in July.

Hutchinson spent over four seasons in the Cardinals organization, moving mostly between Class A and Class AAA ball, while compiling a 17-25 record and a 5.63 ERA. He pitched in the Major Leagues in three games, all in relief, for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2001 season. He did not fare well, giving up 16 baserunners (nine hits, six walks, and one hit batsman) and 11 earned runs in just four total innings. His MLB career totals include an 0–0 record, two strikeouts (Ben Petrick and Denny Neagle), and an ERA of 24.75.

Football career

Dallas Cowboys

Struggling after a stint in minor league baseball, Hutchinson decided to focus on professional football and held an open workout in 2002 that was attended by three teams (Dallas, Chicago and Kansas City). Expecting that he could regain his football form, the Dallas Cowboys won a bidding war for his services on January 26, signing him as an undrafted free agent to a contract that included a $3.1 million bonus, three years guaranteed at $5 million and a no-baseball clause.[6]

As a 25-year-old rookie, Hutchinson was named the starter after a struggling Quincy Carter lost to the Arizona Cardinals and engaged in a heated sideline argument with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. Hutchinson's first start was the 17–14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks where Emmitt Smith broke the NFL all-time rushing record. His best game came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 21–19 victory, when he passed for 301 yards (most yards by a rookie since Troy Aikman in 1989) and 2 touchdowns.[7] He finished with nine starts, completing 127 out of 250 attempts for 1,555 yards, 7 touchdown passes, 8 interceptions and set an NFL rookie record by throwing 95 straight passes without an interception to start a career. A record broken by Carson Wentz at 134 then by Dak Prescott at 176 in 2016.[8][9]

In 2003, with the arrival of new head coach Bill Parcells, all positions were opened to competition, and Hutchinson became involved in a publicized quarterback controversy, when he and Carter competed for a roster spot in the 2002 edition of Hard Knocks, an HBO series that covers the training camp of an NFL team. Carter eventually regained the starting role, bringing stability to the quarterback position and leading the team to a 10–6 record and a playoff appearance. Hutchinson saw his only action of the season in the sixth game against the Detroit Lions, taking over for Carter for the final four drives (including kneel downs), completing one out of two passes for 8 yards.

In 2004, the Cowboys group of quarterbacks had expanded with the trade for yet another former baseball player (Drew Henson) and the acquisition of Vinny Testaverde off waivers, who was later named the starter after Carter was released under unclear circumstances on August 4. Hutchinson was waived on July 27.[10]

He left with a 2–7 record, 128 completions out of 252 attempts, 1,563 passing yards, 7 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions. He also became part of a succession of short-tenured quarterbacks following the retirement of Aikman, that included Carter, Randall Cunningham, Testaverde, Drew Bledsoe, Anthony Wright, Ryan Leaf, Henson and Clint Stoerner.

Rhein Fire (NFL Europe)

In 2004, the Cowboys allocated Hutchinson to the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, so he could work on his accuracy and mechanics. He played inconsistently before suffering a sprained right shoulder in the week 8 contest against the Cologne Centurions, forcing him to miss the final 2 games and losing nearly a month rehabilitating it back to health. He had a 3-5 record, completing 126 out of 207 passes for 1,356 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Chicago Bears

On September 29, 2004, Hutchinson was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Bears, after Rex Grossman suffered a season-ending knee injury in the third game of the season, reuniting with quarterback coach Wade Wilson who also held that position with the Cowboys.[11] He would become the fourth quarterback that year to start for the team, after Jonathan Quinn and Craig Krenzel were ineffective in their appearances.[12]

Grossman was the projected starter entering the 2005 season, until suffering a broken ankle in preseason. Although Hutchinson was initially named the starter, he was eventually replaced in favor of rookie Kyle Orton, after he had poor preseason performances and the decision to sign Jeff Blake to be the backup.[13] Following his demotion, he was released on August 31.

Personal life

Hutchinson lives with his wife, and his son. His wife is the sister of baseball player Todd Walker. His father Lloyd was an outfielder in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system and his brother Trevor was a pitcher in the Florida Marlins organization.


  1. ^ Hodges, Jim (October 31, 1996). "Torn Between Two Loves : Hutchinson Chose Stanford Over Braves and .4 Million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Shepard, Eric (August 15, 1995). "To Be Brave, or Play It Smart? : Athletics: Fresh out of high school, Chad Hutchinson must decide between baseball at Atlanta or a two-sport scholarship at Stanford". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Gloster, Rob (August 31, 1997). "Still in Vogue". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Hodges, Jim (October 31, 1996). "Torn Between Two Loves : Hutchinson Chose Stanford Over Braves and .4 Million". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hutchinson leaving Cardinal for Cardinals". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ex-Cardinals Pitcher Signs With Cowboys". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Hutchinson Throws Strikes". Los Angeles Times. November 25, 2002. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Dak Prescott establishes rookie mark for passes without pick". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dak Prescott breaks Tom Brady's record for most passes without a pick to start a career". October 16, 2016. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Addition of Testaverde, Henson prompts the inevitable". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "Chicago starter Grossman ruptures ACL". ESPN. September 29, 2004. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  12. ^ "Surfer Gives Bears a Spark". Los Angeles Times. December 6, 2004. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  13. ^ "Orton named Bears starting QB; Hutchinson plummets". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

External links

1996 Sun Bowl

The 1996 Norwest Sun Bowl, played on December 31, 1996, featured the Stanford Cardinal and the Michigan State Spartans.

Stanford scored first following a lateral from running back Josh Madsen to Leroy Pruitt. The 78 yard play went for a touchdown, and set the day for a Stanford rout. In the second quarter, quarterback Chad Hutchinson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to fullback Jon Ritchie for a 14–0 lead. Adam Salina scored on a 1-yard touchdown run before halftime to increase Stanford's lead to 21–0.

Kevin Miller added a 24-yard field goal in the third to give Stanford a 24–0 lead. Damon Dunn later scored on a 1-yard run moving the lead to 31–0. Stanford's final points came on a 6-yard return of a blocked punt for a touchdown, making the final score 38–0.

The two teams faced off again seventeen years later on January 1, 2014, in the 2014 Rose Bowl, but this time, Michigan State won 24-20.

2002 Dallas Cowboys season

The 2002 Dallas Cowboys season was the 43rd season for the team in the National Football League. It was Emmitt Smith's 13th and final season with the team, officially marking the end of the famed "triplets" tenure in Dallas after wide receiver Michael Irvin was forced to retire prematurely after the 1999 season and quarterback Troy Aikman retired prior to the start of the 2001 season. All three players would eventually be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It was also the last of three consecutive 5-11 finishes for the Cowboys, beginning in 2000.

2004 Chicago Bears season

The 2004 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 85th season in the National Football League. The team failed to improve on their 7-9 record as they fell to a 5–11 record, under first-year head coach Lovie Smith. The team was once again in a quarterbacking carousel after the injury of starter Rex Grossman early on in the season. This was the team's eighth losing season in the past nine seasons.

According to statistics site Football Outsiders, the 2004 Bears had the third-worst offense, play-for-play, in their ranking history. Chicago's 231 points and 3,816 offensive yards were dead-last in the league in 2004. Their team quarterback passer rating was 61.7 for the year, also last.

The Bears started four different quarterbacks in 2004 – Chad Hutchinson, Craig Krenzel, Jonathan Quinn, and Rex Grossman. Grossman (the only Bears quarterback who would average more than 200 yards passing per game in 2004) would eventually establish himself as the starter, and two seasons later, would lead the Bears to their second NFC Championship and an appearance in the Super Bowl.

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Drew Henson

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Hutchinson (surname)

Hutchinson is a surname of Scottish origin, it may refer to:

Hutchinson Family Singers, 19th-century American singing group

Alain Hutchinson, Belgian politician

Alex Hutchinson, jazz musician.

Allen Hutchinson (1855–1929), English sculptor

Anne Hutchinson (1591–1642), Puritan preacher in New England

Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson (1880-1971), British novelist

Asa Hutchinson, former US congressman

Atiba Hutchinson, Canadian soccer player

Bill Hutchinson (baseball) (1859–1926), pitcher

Billy Hutchinson, Progressive Unionist Party

Bret Hutchinson (born 1964), Australian rules footballer

Buel Hutchinson (1826-1902), American lawyer and politician

Chad Hutchinson, NFL quarterback

Charles L. Hutchinson, businessman, philanthropist, and president of the Art Institute of Chicago

Claud Mackenzie Hutchinson (1869-1941) , English bacteriologist

Dennis J. Hutchinson, professor of law

Donald P. Hutchinson, American politician

Earl Ofari Hutchinson, journalist

Eberly Hutchinson (1871–1951), New York politician

Edward Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson (1745–1781), mother of Andrew Jackson, 7th US president

Eric Hutchinson, American singer-songwriter

Francis Hutchinson (1660–1739), Church of England official against witchcraft trials

F. W. Hutchinson (Francis William Hutchinson, 1910–1990), pioneering HVACR engineer and member of ASHRAE Hall of Fame

Fred Hutchinson (1919–1964), former MLB pitcher

Fred Hutchinson (rugby player) (1867–1941), Welsh rugby union international

G. Evelyn Hutchinson (1903–1991), zoologist

Gregory Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Henry Neville Hutchinson (1856–1927), English writer and naturalist

James Hutchinson (VC) (1895–1972), British recipient of the Victoria Cross during World War I

James Hutchinson (musician) aka "Hutch" Hutchinson, American Bassist and Studio Musician

James S. Hutchinson, early explorer of the Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Jeremy Hutchinson (politician), American congressman

Jeremy Hutchinson, Baron Hutchinson of Lullington, British life peer

Joey Hutchinson, English footballer

John Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Jonathan Hutchinson (1828–1913), English surgeon, ophthalmologist, dermatologist, venereologist and pathologist

Josephine Hutchinson (1903–1998), American actress

Leonard Hutchinson (died 1554), Master of University College, Oxford, England

Leslie Hutchinson (1900–1969), known as "Hutch", Grenada-born singer and socialite

Lucy Hutchinson (1620–1681), English biographer

Margaret Massey Hutchinson (1904–1997), English writer, teacher and naturalist

Mark Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Mary E. Hutchinson (1906–1970), American artist and art instructor

Mavis Hutchinson, athlete

Meg Hutchinson, singer/songwriter

Michael Hutchinson (cyclist), Northern Irish racing cyclist, writer and journalist

Miles Hutchinson, fictional character on the television show The West Wing

Paul Hutchinson, English footballer

Peter Orlando Hutchinson, Victorian artist

Ralph Hutchinson (1878–1935), American athlete and coach

R. C. Hutchinson (Ray Coryton Hutchinson, 1907–1975), English novelist

Sam Hutchinson (born 1989), English footballer

Steve Hutchinson (American football), American football player

Steven Hutchinson (born 1968), German basketball coach and former player

Thomas Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Tim Hutchinson, US politician

William Hutchinson (disambiguation), several people

Jeremy Hutchinson (politician)

Jeremy Young Hutchinson (born March 4, 1974) is a former Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate for District 33 in the capital city of Little Rock, Arkansas. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from two different districts in Pulaski County between 2000 and 2007 and as a state senator from 2011 to his resignation in 2018.On August 31, 2018, the Department of Justice announced that Hutchinson was indicted by a federal grand jury on 12 wire and tax fraud charges. Hutchinson resigned his office the same day. He faces "eight counts of wire fraud for spending the campaign funds on personal expenses and falsifying campaign reports and four counts of filing false tax returns from 2011 to 2014."

List of Atlanta Braves first-round draft picks

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Of those 56 players, 27 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 15 of these were right-handed, while 12 were left-handed. The Braves have also selected eight outfielders, seven shortstops, five catchers, four third basemen, three first basemen, and two second basemen in the initial round of the draft. The franchise has drafted nine players from colleges or high schools in the state of Florida, more than any other state. Eight more selections have come from their home state of Georgia. Two selections have come from outside the 50 United States: Luis Atilano (2003) is from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Scott Thorman (2000) is from Ontario, Canada.

Four of these players have won a World Series championship with the Braves—Kent Mercker, Steve Avery, Chipper Jones, and Mike Kelly—all as part of the 1995 championship team. The team's 1974 selection, Dale Murphy, won consecutive National League Most Valuable Player Awards (NL MVP) in 1982 and 1983, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1985, and the Roberto Clemente Award in 1988. Bob Horner, the Braves' 1978 selection, won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in the same year. Chipper Jones, drafted by the Braves in 1990, won the NL MVP Award in 1999. The Braves have held the first overall pick twice; in 1978 they used it to select Horner, and in 1990 they chose Chipper Jones.

Atlanta has made 13 selections in the supplemental round of the draft. They have also received three compensatory picks since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Braves failed to sign 1995 selection Chad Hutchinson, for which they received the 35th overall pick in the 1996 draft, which they used to draft Jason Marquis.

List of Dallas Cowboys starting quarterbacks

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List of athletes who played in Major League Baseball and the National Football League

Fewer than 70 athletes are known to have played in both Major League Baseball (MLB) and the National Football League (NFL). This includes two Heisman Trophy winners (Vic Janowicz and Bo Jackson) and seven members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Red Badgro, Paddy Driscoll, George Halas, Ernie Nevers, Ace Parker, Jim Thorpe, and Deion Sanders). However, none of the players on the list has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1920, the inaugural season of the NFL, 11 veterans of MLB (including George Halas and Jim Thorpe) became the first athletes to accomplish the feat. Since 1970, only seven athletes have done so, including Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders. Jackson was the first athlete to be selected as an All-Star in both MLB and the NFL. Sanders holds the longevity record, having appeared in 641 MLB games and 189 NFL games.


The North East Art Rock Festival, or NEARfest for short, was a multi-day event celebrating the resurgence of progressive and eclectic music in the United States and around the world. The event was held annually in early summer in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, approximately one hour north of Philadelphia and less than two hours west of New York City. The festival was founded in the spring of 1998 by Robert LaDuca and Chad Hutchinson, with the first event occurring in 1999. NEARfest quickly grew to become "the most prestigious progressive music festival in the world."On October 17, 2011, founders Hutchinson and LaDuca, and production manager Kevin Feeley announced that the final edition of the festival, entitled NEARfest Apocalypse, would take place on the weekend of June 22, 23, and 24, 2012 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The lineup for NEARfest Apocalypse was announced live on the long-running Gagliarchives Radio Program on Saturday, October 29, 2011. On May 24, 2012, it was announced that Eloy had to cancel due to medical issues. On May 29, 2012, it was revealed that U.K. would take their place as the Sunday night headliner.

The May 2008 issue of SPIN Magazine listed NEARfest as one of the top 72 festivals in the United States.

NEARfest was operated as a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The name "NEARfest" is a registered trademark held by co-founder Chad Hutchinson.

New Jersey Cardinals

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Noah Mullins

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Steve Bradley (American football)

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Steve Walsh (American football)

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Timothy Chad Hutchinson

Timothy Chad Hutchinson (born March 4, 1974) is an attorney in Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is a Republican former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 95 in Benton County. He was initially elected in 2004, two years after his father, Tim Hutchinson, lost reelection to Democrat Mark Pryor to a second term in the United States Senate.

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