|Governor of Arkansas|
|January 9, 2007 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||6|
|Predecessor||Mike Huckabee (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2006|
|Next election||Ineligible due to term limits|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Arkansas State Senate|
|1983 - 2003|
|Attorney General of Arkansas|
|2003 - 2007|
|Bachelor's||Arkansas State University|
|J.D.||University of Arkansas Law School|
|Birthday||December 28, 1946|
In a state that favored Republican presidential candidate John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008 by nearly 20 percentage points, Beebe has governed as a conservative Democrat. He was one of just three Democratic governors nationally who are regarded by the Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010 as having a "Safe Democratic" seat.
Governor Beebe was born in Amagon, a small town in Jackson County, Arkansas. He was reared by his mother, a waitress, and never met his father. As a child, Mike and his family moved often. They lived in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Houston and Alamagordo, New Mexico. They returned to Arkansas, and he graduated from Newport High School in 1964.
Beebe received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968, where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity. He earned a law degree from the University of Arkansas in 1972. Beebe served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He practiced law in Searcy in White County for ten years after his graduation from law school. In 1982, he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate, where he would serve for twenty years. In 2002, he was elected Arkansas attorney general.
Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three children.
Governor of Arkansas (2007-Present)
Human Heartbeat Protection Act veto
On January 28, 2013, Senator Jason Rapert introduced Senate Bill 134, the proposed "Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act." The bill, now Act 301, would require all pregnant women considering abortion to undergoing medical testing to determine if the fetus has a heartbeat and would ban abortions in pregnancies past 12 weeks where the fetus has a heartbeat. Act 301 includes exemptions for abortions carried "to preserve the life of the pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, or when continuation of the pregnancy will create a serious risk of substantial and irreversible impairment of a major bodily function of the pregnant woman," "due to the existence of a highly lethal fetal disorder as defined by the Arkansas State Medical Board," and in cases of rape and incest. The House passed the bill in its final form 68-20 on February 23, and the Senate followed on February 28, with a vote of 26-8. Beebe vetoed SB 134 on March 4, asserting that "because it would impose a ban on a woman's right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion well before viability, Senate Bill 134 blatantly contradicts the United States Constitution, as interpreted by the Supreme Court." More than the required simple majority voted to override his veto in each chamber, with the Senate doing so 20-14 on March 5 and the House 56-33 on March 6. The Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act became law on March 6 as Act 301. When enacted, the ban on most abortions after a fetus reaches 12 weeks of age was the earliest in the country. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights announced that they would challenge the Arkansas Human Heartbeat Protection Act before it goes into effect 90 days after the legislature's adjournment.
- See also: Arkansas state budget
In January 2010, Beebe said he intended to cut the state's budget by $106 million, or 2.4%. The announcement came after the state's Department of Finance and Administration said that the state's revenues came in below forecast in the last quarter of 2009. At the same time, the state lowered its estimate of income in fiscal year 2011 by 0.4 percent, a reduction of $19.4 million from the forecast the government issued in December 2009. The 2010-2011 budget, which goes into effect on July 1, 2010, does not include cost-of-living increases for state employees.,
On March 25, 2013, Beebe vetoed a Voter ID bill that required voters to show photo identification in order to vote. In his veto letter the governor stated he "believes that the bill will unnecessarily cost taxpayers money, grow bureaucracy and risk disenfranchisement of voters." The state Senate overrode the veto on March 27 and the House followed suit on April 1.
Attorney General of Arkansas (2003-2007)
Arkansas State Senate (1982-2002)
- See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2014
Beebe is ineligible to run for re-election as governor in 2014 due to term limits.
- See also: Arkansas gubernatorial election, 2010
The Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010 ranked the Arkansas governor's seat as "Safe Democratic." It was one of just three (out of 38) seats that the organization assigned that rating as of January 2010, while they identified 2 seats as "Likely Democrat" and 8 as "Leans Democrat".
Beebe announced his candidacy for the 2006 gubernatorial election on June 15, 2005. The seat was open, since incumbent Republican governor Mike Huckabee was unable to run for a third term as governor due to the state's gubernatorial term limits.
Beebe bested Republican challenger Asa Hutchinson, a former Republican member of the U.S. Congress who also served as the country's Drug Enforcement Agency chief. Minor party candidates Rod Bryan (Independent) and Jim Lendall (Green) were also in the race.
In the 2006 contest, Beebe outspent his Republican opponent by a margin of nearly 2-1. Beebe spent $6,304,515, while his GOP challenger spent $3,247,567.
|2006 election for Governor of Arkansas |
|Mike Beebe (D)||430,765||55.61%|
|Asa Hutchinson (R)||315,040||40.67%|
|Rod Bryan (I)||15,767||2.04%|
|Jim Lendall (Green)||12,744||1.65%|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Mike Beebe's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Mike Beebe's Campaign Contributions|
Arkansas Attorney General
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$523,620 (Rep.)|
|Top 5 contributors||AT&T||$8,000||Gwatney Chevrolet||$14,000||Arkansas Amusement Operators Committee||$2,000|
|Entergy||$8,000||Wilson and Associates||$8,000||Stuart W. Hankins||$1,500|
|Wilson and Associates||$8,000||Hissey Kientz & Herron PLLC||$6,000||Selected Funeral and Life Insurance||$1,279|
|Walmart||$8,000||First Arkansas Insurance||$6,000||Hoffman Henry Insurance Corp.||$1,200|
|Windstream Communications||$8,000||Southwestern Energy Co.||$5,000||Marion H. Swindell||$1,200|
In October 2011, Governing Magazine named Beebe as one of nine "Public Officials of the Year" for his work in managing the Arkansas budget. He was the only governor among the honorees, who also included Utah Senator Dan Liljenquist. Each year since 1994, Governing has selected a handful of state and local officials to honor for standout job performance. The Public Officials of the Year program, started in 1991, "recognizes leaders from state, city and county government who exemplify the ideals of public service."
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- Gov. Mike Beebe releases statement on OK tornado - THV 11
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- Beebe Opens Up About Legacy as Arkansas Governor - KARK
- Mike Beebe Vetoes 3 Election Reform Bills - Arkansas Business Online
- Arkansas Governor Throws First Pitch In MLB Game - CBS Local
- Arkansas companies that lead in exports honored - Arkansas Online (subscription)
- Arkansas state treasurer resigns in face of federal charges - Reuters
- Gov. Bentley appointed to national health care task force - al.com (blog)
- Ark. treasurer resigns amid charges she took cash - News 10NBC
- Federal judge blocks Arkansas 12-week abortion ban - The Guardian
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- Mike Beebe Governor of Arkansas Official state site
- National Governors Association - Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe Biography
- Campaign contributions: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2002
- Project Vote Smart profile of Gov. Mike Beebe
- Mike Beebe for Governor Official campaign site
- 2007 Arkansas Gubernatorial Inauguration
- Mike Beebe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
- Mike Beebe speeches and radio addresses
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Governor of Arkansas "Governor" Accessed September 18, 2012
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 The City Wire, "Beebe to seek second term as Governor", January 19, 2010
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010"
- ↑ ClarkCast 018, "Interview with Mike Beebe", July 24, 2006
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Office of Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe Facebook Page "Info" Accessed September 26, 2012
- ↑ Text of Arkansas Act 301, formerly Senate Bill 134
- ↑ Andrew DeMillo, Associated Press, "Ark. Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban," March 4, 2013
- ↑ Bill status information for Arkansas Senate Bill 134, accessed March 11, 2013
- ↑ Suzi Parker, Reuters, "Arkansas bans abortion at 12 weeks, earliest in nation," March 6, 2013
- ↑ Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, "Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks," March 6, 2013
- ↑ KATV, "Lawmakers Wrap Up Budget Hearings", January 21, 2010
- ↑ ABC News, "Gov. Beebe Agrees to Cut Arkansas Budget by $106M", January 11, 2010
- ↑ Yahoo! News, "Arkansas House votes to override veto of voter ID bill," April 1, 2013
- ↑ Arkansas News, "GOP chief says ‘conservative’ challenge to Beebe likely", January 19, 2010
- ↑ Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010"
- ↑ Follow The Money, Governor of Arkansas, 2006
- ↑ 2006 General Election Results
- ↑ Follow the Money.org
- ↑ Ryan Holeywell, Governing Magazine, "The Steady Hand," October 2011
- ↑ Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
Mike Huckabee (R)
|Governor of Arkansas
| Succeeded by|
|Arkansas Attorney General
| Succeeded by|
Dustin McDaniel (D)
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