|Governor of Arkansas|
|January 9, 2007 - Present|
|January 13, 2015|
|Years in position||7|
|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|
|Arkansas State Senate|
|1983 - 2003|
|Attorney General of Arkansas|
|2003 - 2007|
|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|
|Birthday||December 28, 1946|
|Place of birth||Amagon, Arkansas|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Beebe is a member of the executive committee of the National Governor's Association. He, along with eight other governors, will determine the association's priorities and actions for the year. He was named to this leadership role in August, 2013.
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 won re-election on November 2, 2010.
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 has governed as a conservative Democrat. 
Prior to becoming governor, Beebe served a four-year term as Attorney General of Arkansas and earlier, as a member of the Arkansas State Senate for 20 years. 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 to 1974.
Beebe is ineligible for re-election in 2014 due to term limits. The race to succeed him is expected to be highly competitive. According to polling figures and reports from The Washington Post, Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, and Governing, current as of June 2013, Arkansas is considered one of the most likely states to face partisan switch in the governor's office in 2014.
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 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.
- Newport High School (1964)
- B.A. in political science - Arkansas State University (1968)
- J.D. - University of Arkansas (1972)
Governor of Arkansas (2007-Present)
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 goes into effect 90 days after the legislature's adjournment.
Job creation ranking
In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, 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%. 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".
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 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|
Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three children.
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- 2007 Arkansas Gubernatorial Inauguration
- Mike Beebe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
- National Governor's Association, NGA Announces New Executive Committee Leadership, August 4, 2013
- The City Wire, "Beebe to seek second term as Governor", January 19, 2010
- Congressional Quarterly Gubernatorial Race Tracker for 2010"
- Governor of Arkansas "Governor" Accessed September 18, 2012
- University of Virginia Center for Politics: Larry Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2013-2014 Gubernatorial Races," April 29, 2013
- The Washington Post, "The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races," March 22, 2013
- Governing Politics, "2013-2014 Governor's Races: Who's Vulnerable?," December 12, 2012
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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, "Career Fundraising for Mike Beebe," accessed June 25, 2013
- Follow the Money.org
Mike Huckabee (R)
|Governor of Arkansas
| Succeeded by|
|Arkansas Attorney General
| Succeeded by|
Dustin McDaniel (D)
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