Judge Kenneth S. Hixson was born in Paris, Arkansas in Logan County, the youngest of five children. Growing up, he worked with his father at the coal mines around Paris. He graduated from Paris High School in 1974. He received a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas in 1978 and received a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville in 1982.
Judge Hixson was employed in private practice from 1982 to 1994 in the law firm of Jones & Hixson in Fayetteville. In 1994 he joined P.A.M. Transportation Services, Inc., as its general counsel. In 2004, he reopened his private practice and remained in private practice until he was elected to the Arkansas Court of Appeals effective January 1, 2013. Judge Hixson began his current term January 1, 2015, and it will expire December 31, 2022.
Judge Hixson has been married for 31 years to his wife, Jan, and they have two sons.