Jim Bob Duggar

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Jim Bob Duggar
Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar.jpg
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar in 2006
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
from the 6th district
In office
Preceded by Louis McJunkin
Succeeded by Jodie Mahony
Personal details
Born James Robert Duggar
(1965-07-18) July 18, 1965 (age 49)
Springdale, Arkansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michelle Ruark (1984–present)
Children 19
Occupation Realtor, businessman, investor, television personality, author
Religion Christianity (Independent Baptist)
Website duggarfamily.com

James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, 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) and Mary Duggar (born 1941), who own a real estate brokerage agency.[1] Duggar has an older sister, Deanna.[2][3]

Arkansas House of Representatives[edit]

From 1999 to 2002, Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives for the sixth district, which included part of northern Washington County, Arkansas.[4][5][6] Duggar was vice chair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and also participated in the Insurance and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee.[7]

He also ran in the Republican Party of Arkansas primary election for the United States Senate in 2002, but lost to Tim Hutchinson.[8] Duggar sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in 2006,[9][10] 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.[10][11][12]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1984, he married Michelle Ruark.[13] 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 (b. 2008), and Josie (b. 2009). The family has 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,[14] but on December 8, 2011, it was announced that she had miscarried.[15] He and his family are Independent Baptist Christians and members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles organization.[16] His oldest daughter, Jana, is a leader at the IBLP's Journey to the Heart youth ministry.[17]

Jim Bob and Michelle have four grandchildren and two more on the way. From their eldest child, Josh, and his wife, Anna: daughter Mackynzie (b. 2009) and sons Michael (b. 2011) and Marcus (b. 2013), and another grandson, Israel David (b. 2015) from Jill who has been married to Derick Dillard since June 2014.[18] Jessa married Ben Seewald in November 2014 and is currently expecting her first child.[19] Anna and Josh are expecting their fourth child, a daughter, in June 2015. [20]


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.[21] Their four oldest daughters, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger, followed in their footsteps by writing a book titled Growing Up Duggar, which was released March 4, 2014.

Other political activities[edit]

Duggar and his wife endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 during his campaign for the Republican Party presidential primaries.[citation needed] In January 2012, the Duggars endorsed former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum for president.[22] In October 2013, the Duggar family began campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli, the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Good Neighbor Realty, Mary Duggar" Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Prayers for "Grand Pa" Jim Duggar.". Discovery Health. February 11, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "Counting their blessings". San Diego Union Tribune. January 5, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  4. ^ Patrick, Galen (December 13, 2011). "Memorial Ceremony Held by Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar for Jubilee Shalom". Ontario, Canada: MJB Star. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Arkansas House District Map as of 2002. The yellow district at the northern part of Washington County is the sixth.
  6. ^ Considine, Bob (May 9, 2008). "Mom pregnant with 18th child". MSNBC (New York, USA: NBCUniversal). Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Representative Jim Bob Duggar". Arkansas Legislature. Archived from the original on November 7, 2002. 
  8. ^ Staff reporter (May 23, 2002). "Senator Wins in Arkansas". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ Doug Thompson (March 29, 2006). "Duggar runs for Springdale state Senate seat". Arkansas News Bureau. 
  10. ^ a b Rengers, Carrie (September 9, 2001). "13 Children Add Up To Asset For Challenger". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 
  11. ^ The Duggars: 20 and Counting!. Google Books. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  12. ^ Celizic, Mike (September 21, 2007). "Meet the Duggar family – all 19 of them". MSNBC (New York, USA: NBCUniversal). Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Family Scrapbook". Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Family. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Michelle Duggar, feminist?". Faith Street. November 10, 2011.
  15. ^ Dennis, Alicia. "Michelle Duggar Miscarries". People.com. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ Duggar, Michelle & Jim Bob (2011). A love that multiplies. Nashville, Tenn.: Howard Books. pp. 228, 275, 276, 281. ISBN 1-4391-8381-3. 
  17. ^ "A Duggar on Her Own". Duggar Family Blog. September 25, 2012
  18. ^ Toomey, Alyssa (June 21, 2014). "Jill Duggar Weds Derick Dillard: 19 Kids and Counting Star Says "I Do"!". E! Online. Retrieved August 19, 2014. 
  19. ^ "'19 Kids & Counting' star Jessa Duggar ties the knot". foxnews.com. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  20. ^ [1]. "Anna Duggar's Due Date Revealed." December 4, 2014.
  21. ^ Duggar, Michelle; Duggar, Jim Bob (June 7, 2011). A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make it Work. Howard Books. ISBN 978-1-4391-8381-6. 
  22. ^ O'Brien, Michael (January 2, 2012). "Santorum wins support of TLC's Duggar clan". MSNBC. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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