|Governor of Arkansas|
|January 9, 2007 - January 13, 2015|
|Predecessor||Mike Huckabee (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2006|
|Next general||Ineligible due to term limits|
|Term limits||2 terms|
|Attorney General of Arkansas|
|2003 - 2007|
|Arkansas State Senate|
|1983 - 2003|
|High school||Newport High School (1964)|
|Bachelor's||Arkansas State University (1968)|
|J.D.||University of Arkansas Law School (1972)|
|Service/branch||U.S. Army Reserve|
|Years of service||1968-1974|
|Date of birth||December 28, 1946|
|Place of birth||Amagon, Arkansas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 On The Issues Vote Match
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Personal
- 7 Recent news
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Beebe was one of just three Democratic governors nationally who were regarded by the Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker as having a "Safe Democratic" seat heading into the 2010 gubernatorial election cycle. He was re-elected on November 2, 2010, having received over 64 percent of the total vote.
Beebe was a member of the executive committee of the National Governors Association. He was named to this leadership role in August 2013. Beebe, along with eight other governors, were responsible for setting the organization's priorities and actions for the subsequent year.
In a state that favored Republican presidential candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 by an average of 20 percentage points, Beebe governed as a conservative Democrat. His tendency to avoid divisive social issues and his conservative approach to balancing the state budget afforded him a rare measure of bipartisan appeal. Owing primary to his responsible handling of the budget, Beebe was named one of Governing's "Public Officials of the Year" for 2011. His accomplishments were described therein under the heading "The Steady Hand."
Prior to becoming governor, Beebe served a single four-year term as Attorney General of Arkansas and spent 20 years as a member of the Arkansas State Senate. Before entering politics, Beebe was a partner for the firm of Lightle, Beebe, Raney, Bell, and Hudgins and served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968-1974.
Since Arkansas subjects its governors to a lifetime limit of two four-year terms in office, Beebe's second term was also his final as the state's chief executive officer. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican whom Beebe defeated in the 2006 gubernatorial race, was elected governor on November 4, 2014. Hutchinson succeeded Beebe in office on January 13, 2015.
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, Beebe and his family moved often. They lived in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Houston and Alamogordo, 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.
- Newport High School (1964)
- B.A. in political science - Arkansas State University (1968)
- J.D. - University of Arkansas (1972)
Governor of Arkansas (2007-2015)
Public Officials of the Year 2011
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."
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 could go into effect 90 days after the legislature's adjournment.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals, which ranked 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation records, Beebe was ranked number 23. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- See also: Arkansas state budget
In January 2010, Beebe said he intended to cut the state's budget by $106 million, or 2.4 percent. 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 went into effect on July 1, 2010, did 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)
On The Issues Vote Match
- See also: On The Issues Vote Match
On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Beebe is a Moderate Liberal Populist. Beebe received a score of 45 percent on social issues and 37 percent on economic issues.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|Legally require hiring women & minorities||Unknown||Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right||Unknown|
|Expand ObamaCare||Favors||Comfortable with same-sex marriage||Opposes|
|Vouchers for school choice||Opposes||Keep God in the public sphere||Unknown|
|Absolute right to gun ownership||Strongly Favors||Human needs over animal rights||Strongly Opposes|
|Higher taxes on the wealthy||Strongly Favors||Stricter punishment reduces crime||Strongly Opposes|
|Support & expand free trade||Favors||Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens||Strongly Opposes|
|Stricter limits on political campaign funds||Unknown||Maintain US sovereignty from UN||Unknown|
|Prioritize green energy||Strongly Favors||Expand the military||Unknown|
|Stimulus better than market-led recovery||Unknown||Stay out of Iran||Unknown|
|Privatize Social Security||Strongly Opposes||Never legalize marijuana||Opposes|
|Note: Information last updated: April 19, 2015. If you notice the rating has changed, email us.|
- See also: Arkansas Gubernatorial election, 2014
- 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 two seats as "Likely Democrat" and eight as "Leans Democrat."
|2010 Arkansas gubernatorial general election|
|Democratic Party||Mike Beebe||64.42%|
|Republican Party||Jim Keet||33.63%|
|Green Party||Jim Lendall||1.86%|
Mike Beebe talks about his background at a 2006 campaign stop
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%|
Comprehensive donor information for Mike Beebe is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Mike Beebe raised a total of $11,833,011 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.
2002, 2006, 2010
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 Opponents||$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|
Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three children.
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- 2007 Arkansas Gubernatorial Inauguration
- Mike Beebe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
- The City Wire, "Beebe to seek second term as Governor," January 19, 2010
- Arkansas Secretary of State, "2010 General Election & Non Partisan Judicial Runoff Election: Statewide Results by Contest," accessed November 29, 2010
- National Governors Association, "NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership," August 4, 2013
- Roll Call, "Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010," accessed October 2011
- Governing, "Public Officials of the Year: The Steady Hand," accessed July 28, 2014
- Governor of Arkansas, "Governor" accessed September 18, 2012
- The Washington Times, "Republican Asa Hutchinson sworn in as Arkansas governor," January 13, 2015
- ClarkCast 018, "Interview with Mike Beebe," July 24, 2006
- Office of Governor of Arkansas Mike Beebe Facebook Page, "Info" accessed September 26, 2012
- Ryan Holeywell, Governing Magazine, "The Steady Hand," October 2011
- Governing, "GOVERNING Announces 2012 Public Officials of the Year," October 19, 2012
- Arkansas Legislature, "Text of Arkansas Act 301, formerly Senate Bill 134," accessed May 12, 2014
- Associated Press, "Ark. Gov. Beebe Vetoes 12-Week Abortion Ban," March 4, 2013
- Arkansas Legislature, "Bill status information for Arkansas Senate Bill 134," accessed March 11, 2013
- Reuters, "Arkansas bans abortion at 12 weeks, earliest in nation," accessed March 6, 2013
- Erik Eckholm, The New York Times, "Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks," accessed March 6, 2013
- The Business Journals, "Governors and jobs: How governors rank for job creation in their states," June 27, 2013
- The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
- 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
- On The Issues, "Mike Beebe Vote Match," accessed April 19, 2015
- The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more restrictive answers.
- Arkansas News, "GOP chief says ‘conservative’ challenge to Beebe likely," January 19, 2010
- Congressional Quarterly, "Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010," January 2010
- Follow The Money, Governor of Arkansas, 2006
- 2006 General Election Results
- Follow the Money, "Career Fundraising for Mike Beebe," accessed June 25, 2013
- Follow the Money.org, "Home," accessed February 17, 2015
Mike Huckabee (R)
|Governor of Arkansas
| Succeeded by|
Asa Hutchinson (R)
|Arkansas Attorney General
| Succeeded by|
Dustin McDaniel (D)
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