Jim Bob Duggar
|Jim Bob Duggar|
|Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in 2006|
|Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 6th district
|Preceded by||Louis McJunkin|
|Succeeded by||Jodie Mahony|
|Born||James Robert Duggar
July 18, 1965
Springdale, Arkansas, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Michelle Ruark (1984–present)|
|Occupation||Realtor, businessman, investor, television personality, author|
|Religion||Christianity (Independent Baptist)|
James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent and television personality on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He is a former state legislator who served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002.
Duggar was born in Springdale, Arkansas, the son of Jimmy Lee Duggar (1936–2009), who operated several local businesses, and Mary Duggar (born 1941), a homemaker and ice cream store owner. Duggar has an older sister, Deanna.
Arkansas House of Representatives
From 1999 to 2002, Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for the sixth district, which included part of northern Washington County, Arkansas. Duggar was vice chair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and also participated in the Insurance and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee.
He also ran in the Republican Party of Arkansas primary election for the United States Senate in 2002, but lost to Tim Hutchinson. Duggar sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in 2006, but lost to candidate Bill Pritchard by 200 votes. He is a licensed realtor, and owns several commercial properties in his local area as an investor.
Marriage and children
In 1984, he married Michelle Ruark. Jim Bob and Michelle have 19 children: Joshua ("Josh") (b. 1988), twins Jana and John-David (b. 1990), Jill (b. 1991), Jessa (b. 1992), Jinger (b. 1993), Joseph (b. 1995), Josiah (b. 1996), Joy-Anna (b. 1997), twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah (b. 1998), Jason (b. 2000), James (b. 2001), Justin (b. 2002), Jackson (b. 2004), Johannah (b. 2005), Jennifer (b. 2007), Jordyn-Grace (b. 2008), and Josie (b. 2009). The family have been featured on their own hit reality series, 19 Kids and Counting, since September 29, 2008. On November 8, 2011, Michelle announced that she was pregnant with their 20th child, whom they named Jubilee Shalom, but on December 8, 2011, it was announced that she had miscarried. He and his family are Independent Baptist Christians and members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles organization. His oldest daughter, Jana, is a leader at the IBLP's Journey to the Heart youth ministry.
Jim Bob and Michelle have three grandchildren from their eldest child, Josh, and his wife, Anna; daughter Mackynzie (b. 2009), and sons Michael (b. 2011) and Marcus (b. 2013).
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have written two books together, both published by Howard Books. The first is titled The Duggars: 20 and Counting!, which was released on December 2, 2008. Their second is A Love That Multiplies, which was released June 7, 2011. Their four oldest daughters, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger, wrote a book titled Growing Up Duggar, which was released March 4, 2014.
Other political activities
Duggar and his wife endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 during his campaign for the Republican Party presidential primaries. In January 2012, the Duggars endorsed former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum for president. In October 2013, the Duggar family began campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli, the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.
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- Arkansas House District Map as of 2002. The yellow district at the northern part of Washington County is the sixth.
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- "Family Scrapbook". Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Family. Retrieved January 25, 2012.
- "Michelle Duggar, feminist?". Washington Post. November 9, 2011.
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- Duggar, Michelle & Jim Bob (2011). A love that multiplies. Nashville, Tenn.: Howard Books. pp. 228, 275, 276, 281. ISBN 1-4391-8381-3.
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- O'Brien, Michael (January 2, 2012). "Santorum wins support of TLC's Duggar clan". MSNBC. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 3, 2012.