After graduating from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Management, Bruce Hawkins returned to Morrilton and opened Hawkins Insurance, a full line independent Insurance Agency in 1979. In 1983, Bruce was elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives where he served until 1995, when he decided not to seek re-election. While in the House, he served on the Revenue and Taxation Committee, the Agriculture and Economic Development Committee, the House Rules Committee, the Legislative Audit Committee, Legislative Council as well as Co-Chairman of the House Management Committee. In addition to Hawkins Insurance in Morrilton, Bruce became a founding partner in H & H Employee Benefits Specialists, located in Little Rock in 1992. Bruce opened DBH Management Consultants and began issue management and lobbying in 1995. He still represents a number of his original clients today.