Jim Keet

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Jim Keet
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Former candidate for
Governor of Arkansas
ProfessionCEO/President, Guesthouse International
Campaign website
Jim Keet (b. May 12, 1949 Springfield, MO) was the 2010 Republican candidate for governor of Arkansas. He previously served in the Arkansas State Senate from 1992-1996 and the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1989-90.


Keet earned his BBA from Southern Methodist University. He emphasized his studies in finance and was elected student body president by his felow students at the business school.

Beginning in 1975, he partnered with Gerald Hamra and spent the next 11 years expanding the Wendy's and Sister's restaurant franchises in Arkansas. Ultimately, Keets would play a role in affecting over two dozen store openings and adding 1,200 jobs to the state economy.

He currently is the CEO/President of Guesthouse International and President of Keet Management.[1]

In his time in the Arkansas state legislature, Keets worked to address literacy rates, to combat drug usage, and to pass what would become America's toughest "two strikes" law for repeat violent offenders.

Jim and his wife of 28 years, Margaret, attend St. Andrews in Little Rock. They have four children and two grandsons.


  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. cum laude, 1971


  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Arkansas Literacy Commission
  • Arkansas Easter Seals
  • Arkansas Council on Economic Education
  • Arkansas for Drug Free Youth Advisory Board member
  • YMCA board member
  • Arkansas Literacy Councils board member
  • United Negro College Fund Advisory Board member
  • Arkansas Literacy Council, Inc.



See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2010 and Gubernatorial elections, 2010

Keet faced incumbent Democrat Mike Beebe and Green Party candidate Jim Lendall in the general election on November 2, 2010. Keet lost to Beebe.[2]

2010 Arkansas gubernatorial general election
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Democratic Party Approveda Mike Beebe 64.42%
     Republican Party Jim Keet 33.63%
     Green Party Jim Lendall 1.86%
     Other write-in 0.09%
Total Votes 781,333

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