Jim Bob Duggar

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Jim Bob Duggar
Jim Bob Duggar.jpg
Duggar in 2007
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 51)
Springdale, Arkansas, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Michelle Ruark (m. 1984)
Children 19, including Josh, Jill and Jessa
Occupation Realtor, businessman, investor, television personality, author
Website duggarfamily.com

James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, and television personality and was on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives (1999-2002).

Life and career[edit]

Duggar was born in Springdale, Arkansas, the son of Jimmy Lee Duggar (1936–2009) and Mary (Lester) Duggar (born 1941), who owns a real estate brokerage agency.[1] Duggar has an older sister, Deanna.[2][3]

Duggar is a licensed realtor and owns several commercial properties in his local area as an investor.[4][5]

Political career[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.[6][7][8] Duggar was vice chair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and also participated in the Insurance and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee.[9]

Duggar ran unsuccessfully in the Republican Party of Arkansas primary election for the United States Senate in 2002, losing to incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson by a vote of 71,576 to 20,546.[10][11] He next sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in 2006,[12] losing to candidate Bill Pritchard by 200 votes.

Marriage and children[edit]

On July 21, 1984, Duggar married Michelle Ruark.[13] Together, the couple has 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 was featured on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 - 2015. On November 8, 2011, Duggar's wife announced she was pregnant with their 20th child, whom they named Jubilee Shalom.[14] On December 8, 2011, it was announced she had miscarried.[15]

Duggar and his wife have seven grandchildren and one on the way: Mackynzie (b. 2009), Michael (b. 2011), Marcus (b. 2013), and Meredith (b. 2015), whose parents are Josh and Anna Duggar; Israel (b. 2015), and Baby boy Dillard, due July 2017, whose parents are Jill (Duggar) and Derick Dillard; Spurgeon (b. 2015), and Henry (b. 2017), whose parents are Jessa (Duggar) and Ben Seewald.

Duggar and his family are Independent Baptist Christians and members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles organization (aka IBLP and Advanced Training Institute),[16] a homeschooling program run by controversial Christian minister Bill Gothard.[17][18][19] Duggar's oldest daughter, Jana Duggar, is a leader at the IBLP's "Journey to the Heart" youth ministry.[20]

Josh Duggar molestation revelations[edit]

On May 19, 2015, In Touch Weekly reported[21] that Duggar had told the Arkansas State Police that his oldest son, Josh Duggar, had molested five underage girls,[21][22] including family members, when he was 14–15 years old.[22][23][24][25][26][27] The abuse involved touching their breast and genital regions on multiple occasions while they slept and in a few cases while they were awake.[24][28][29][30]

Duggar told police he had referred his son to a program consisting of physical labor and counseling after consulting with his church's leadership. Duggar's wife stated their son was sent away from home to work for a family friend in the home remodeling business. Upon the son's return home, Duggar took him to Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens, a family acquaintance. Hutchens did not take any official action but reportedly gave Duggar's son a "stern talk".[30] With Hutchens' later arrest and convictions on child pornography charges, the case went inactive.[31]

Duggar spoke officially to law enforcement in 2006 after his son's actions were reported to authorities by producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show, after interviewing the family and an email regarding the allegations had been sent to the show. Because the three-year statute of limitations had passed once allegations were formally documented, Duggar's son was not formally charged with criminal sexual abuse.[30][32]

In a joint statement to People magazine following the report, Duggar and his wife stated, "Even though we would never choose to go through something so terrible, each one of our family members drew closer to God. We pray that as people watch our lives they see that we are not a perfect family. We have challenges and struggles every day."[22][26]


Duggar and his wife 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.[33]

Other political activities[edit]

Duggar and his wife endorsed Mike Huckabee in 2008 during his campaign for the Republican Party presidential primaries.[34] In January 2012, the Duggars endorsed former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum for president.[35] In October 2013, the Duggar family began campaigning for Ken Cuccinelli, the unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate in Virginia.[citation needed]

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. ^ Rengers, Carrie (September 9, 2001). "13 Children Add Up To Asset For Challenger". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Archived from the original on June 5, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  5. ^ Celizic, Mike (September 21, 2007). "Meet the Duggar family – all 19 of them". New York, US: MSNBC. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Patrick, Galen (December 13, 2011). "Memorial Ceremony Held by Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar for Jubilee Shalom". Ontario, Canada: MJB Star. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ Arkansas House District Map as of 2002. The yellow district at the northern part of Washington County is the sixth.
  8. ^ Considine, Bob (May 9, 2008). "Mom pregnant with 18th child". New York, USA: MSNBC. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Representative Jim Bob Duggar". Arkansas Legislature. Archived from the original on November 7, 2002. 
  10. ^ http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/historicalElectionResults/Documents/2002_Preferential_Primary_Non-Partisan_Judicial.pdf
  11. ^ Staff reporter (May 23, 2002). "Senator Wins in Arkansas". The New York Times. 
  12. ^ Doug Thompson (March 29, 2006). "Duggar runs for Springdale state Senate seat". Arkansas News Bureau. 
  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. ^ "Bill Gothard placed on administrative leave". World Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  18. ^ "A Time of Transition: A Statement From the Board of Directors". IBLP. June 17, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  19. ^ Hathaway, Jay. "The Duggar Homeschool Program's Terrifying Advice on Sexual Assault". Gawker. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "A Duggar on Her Own". Duggar Family Blog. September 25, 2012
  21. ^ a b Josh Duggar sex scandal reported, intouchweekly.com; accessed May 22, 2015.
  22. ^ a b c "Josh Duggar breaks silence about molesting young girls, quits his job". Daily Mail. London. May 21, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Duggars reeling from Josh's sex-abuse scandal". USA Today. May 21, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Ohlheiser, Abby (May 22, 2015). "Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council". The Washington Post. 
  25. ^ Rhodan, Maya (May 21, 2015). "Josh Duggar Responds to Child Molestation Claims: 'I Acted Inexcusably'". Time. 
  26. ^ a b "Josh Duggar Child Molestation Accusations: 19 Kids & Counting Star Responds". people.com. May 21, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Josh Duggar Involved In Underage Sex Scandal: Report". ibtimes.com. May 19, 2015. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Heavily redacted police report re Duggar case". Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Duggar Son Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Molesting Minor Girls, Including Sisters". tmz.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  30. ^ a b c Jones, Allie. "The Web Has Known About Josh Duggar for Years. When Did TLC Find Out?". gawker.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  31. ^ "State trooper who let Josh Duggar go in wake of molestation claims". Daily Mail. London. May 21, 2015. 
  32. ^ O'Connor, Brendan. "Josh Duggar Confirms Teen Molestation Reports". gawker.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  33. ^ 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. 
  34. ^ "'19 Kids' stars dump Santorum for Huckabee". msnbc.com. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  35. ^ O'Brien, Michael (January 2, 2012). "Santorum wins support of TLC's Duggar clan". MSNBC. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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