|Beebe in June 2012|
|45th Governor of Arkansas|
January 9, 2007
|Preceded by||Mike Huckabee|
|54th Attorney General of Arkansas|
January 3, 2003 – January 9, 2007
|Preceded by||Mark Pryor|
|Succeeded by||Dustin McDaniel|
|Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the 21st district
|Born||Michael Dale Beebe
December 28, 1946
Amagon, Arkansas, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Arkansas State University, Jonesboro
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1968-1974|
|Unit||U.S. Army Reserve|
Mickey Dale "Mike" Beebe (born December 28, 1946) is the 45th and current Governor of Arkansas. Born in Amagon, Arkansas, Beebe is a graduate of Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas.
Early life and education
Beebe was born in Amagon, Arkansas, a small town in Jackson County, Arkansas. He was raised by his mother, a waitress, and never met his father. As a child, he moved often with his family. They lived in Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, Houston and Alamogordo, New Mexico. They returned to Newport, Arkansas, where Beebe graduated from 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.
Early political career
In 1982, he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate, where he would serve for 20 years. He never faced an opponent in his twenty-year Senate career in which he became known as one of the most effective legislators based on his pragmatic deal-making ability. During his last session in the state senate, Beebe was elected president pro tempore of the body.
Governor of Arkansas
On June 14, 2005, Beebe announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party's nomination to run for Governor of Arkansas. Beebe defeated former Republican Congressman and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) chief Asa Hutchinson as well as the Green Party candidate and independent candidate Rod Bryan in the general election on November 7, 2006, capturing 55 percent of the vote.
In his official website, Beebe outlines some of the policies he has pursued during his first term. He has outlined a plan for a balanced budget and attempted to cut middle class taxes by slashing in half the percentage of the state's grocery tax and increasing the Homestead Property Tax Credit, which can provide for the lowering of property taxes.
Beebe has focused heavily on education reform. He has called for an additional $19 million per year to be spent on assisting special needs students and has designed a program that attempts to increase the quality of teachers within Arkansas by providing alternative pay and mentoring to motivate bright students to enter education or young teachers to work in struggling rural schools. Beebe has rejected calls to allow for Social Security private accounts to be established. He has also made plans to phase out the tax on utilities for manufacturers.
He has also outlined a 12-point plan to make health care more accessible and affordable. Some of his proposals include using federal tax credits to make private insurance cheaper, promote the expansion of Medicaid, advocating preventive care to stop health concerns before they grow worse, expanding school health clinics, and using home or community based cares as an alternative to nursing homes.
Beebe was challenged by Republican nominee Jim Keet, a former state legislator from Little Rock. Beebe defeated Keet 64% to 34% Despite the GOP tsunami of 2010, Beebe won with more votes than any Arkansas Governor of either party since four-year terms were introduced, winning all 75 counties in the state.
In January 2011, he said that he supported a tax increase for highway funding saying "If they pass a tax increase for highways and it was reasonable, I'd sign it. I don't think it's going to happen."
In January 2012, he proposed a $163 million funding increase in a $4.7 billion state budget. He called for $117 million increase in the Human Services Department and a $56 million increase in public schools. He also called for an audit of the state's Forestry Commission's finances after a $4 million shortfall and a layoff of 36 workers. In the 2012 midterm elections, Republicans gained control of both houses of the General Assembly for the first time since 1874 after making major gains two years earlier. This made Beebe the first Democratic Governor of Arkansas ever to face a Republican-controlled legislature. The GOP margin was 21 to 14 in the Senate, and 51 to 48 in the House (with one Green).
In his 2013 State of the State address, Beebe made a comprehensive case for Medicaid expansion. In April 2013, Beebe signed into law Arkansas's "private option" to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for thousands of low-income residents.
Beebe hasn't seen his approval rating slip below 70 percent at any point during his tenure, according to yearly polls from the University of Arkansas. As of May 2013, Beebe is the most popular Democratic governor in the nation. According to the FiveThirtyEight Blog, "[Beebe's] crossover appeal — and the recent history in Arkansas of producing a popular Democratic president — might suggest Mr. Beebe, who will be term-limited in 2014, would be among the more talked-about 2016 contenders."
Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three children and seven grandchildren.
|Arkansas Gubernatorial Election 2010|
|Democratic||Mike Beebe (incumbent)||503,336||64.42|
|Arkansas Gubernatorial Election 2006|
- "ClarkCast 016 - The Importance of 2006". Securingamerica.com. 2006-07-24. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Beebe Takes Oath", The Morning News, January 9, 2007.
- "Biography | Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe". Governor.arkansas.gov. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "Mike Beebe on the Issues". Ontheissues.org. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
- "2010 General Election & Non Partisan Judicial Runoff Election Statewide Results". Arkansas Secretary of State. November 15, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Demillo, Andrew (2011-01-06). "Beebe: Doubtful tax hike for roads could pass". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- DeMillo, Andrew (January 17, 2012). "Beebe proposes $163M increase in Arkansas budget". The Boston Globe.
- Demillo, Andrew (2012-01-13). "Beebe calls for audit of Forestry Commission - Stuttgart, AR". Stuttgart Daily Leader. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- Popular Governors, and Prospects for 2016 http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/28/popular-governors-and-prospects-for-2016/
- Governor.Arkansas.gov - Mike Beebe's Official Website
- ArkansasFirstLady.com - Ginger Beebe's Official Website
- Mike Beebe for Governor Official campaign site
- Biography at the National Governors Association
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Biography, interest group ratings, public statements, votes and actions, and campaign finances at Project Vote Smart
- Financial information at FollowTheMoney.org
- Issue positions and quotes at On the Issues
- Works by or about Mike Beebe in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Appearances on C-SPAN programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Post
- Mike Beebe at the Encyclopedia for Arkansas
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|Democratic nominee for Governor of Arkansas
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