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 50)
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
Website duggarfamily.com

James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar (born July 18, 1965) is an American real estate agent, politician, and television personality on the now cancelled 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][2] Duggar has an older sister, Deanna.[3][4]

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.[5][6][7] Duggar was vice chair of the House Corrections and Criminal Law Subcommittee and also participated in the Insurance and Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee.[8]

He also ran in the Republican Party of Arkansas primary election for the United States Senate in 2002, but lost to incumbent Senator Tim Hutchinson by a vote of 71,576 to 20,546.[9][10] Duggar sought the Republican nomination to the Arkansas State Senate District 35 seat in 2006,[11][12] 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.[12][13][14]

Marriage and children[edit]

In 1984, he married Michelle Ruark.[15] 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 was featured on the reality series 19 Kids and Counting from 2008 - 2015. On November 8, 2011, Michelle announced that she was pregnant with their 20th child, whom they named Jubilee Shalom,[16] but on December 8, 2011, it was announced that she had miscarried.[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 July 2015.[20]

According to Newsweek, the Duggars follow a "pro-life-purist" belief system known as Quiverfull, which advocates that fertility should be entrusted to God, and in which they see their lifestyle and their large progenies, as a denunciation of what they call "the contraceptive mentality". They see children as a blessing from God.[21]

He and his family are Independent Baptist Christians and members of the Institute in Basic Life Principles organization (aka IBLP and Advanced Training Institute),[22] a Bible-based homeschooling program run by Bill Gothard, a Christian minister who was ousted after allegations of acting inappropriate towards several female employees.[23][24][25] His oldest daughter, Jana, is a leader at the IBLP's Journey to the Heart youth ministry.[26]

Josh Duggar molestation revelations[edit]

On May 19, 2015, In Touch Weekly reported[27] that Jim Bob had told the Arkansas State Police that his son Josh Duggar had molested five underage girls,[27][28] including family members, when Josh was 14–15 years old.[28][29][30][31][32][33] The abuse involved touching their breast and genital regions on multiple occasions while they slept and in a few cases while they were awake.[30][34][35][36]

Jim Bob told police that he had referred Josh to a program consisting of physical labor and counseling after consulting with his church's leadership. Michelle said this involved Josh being sent away from home to work for a family friend in the home remodeling business. Upon Josh's return home, Jim Bob brought Josh to Arkansas State Trooper Jim Hutchens, whom Jim Bob was acquainted with. Hutchens did not take any official action but reportedly gave Josh a "stern talk".[36] With Hutchens' later arrest and convictions on child pornography charges, the case went inactive.[37]

Jim Bob spoke officially to law enforcement in 2006 after the molestation was reported to authorities by producers of The Oprah Winfrey Show, who were interviewing the family. The show had received an email regarding the allegations. Because the three-year statute of limitations had passed once allegations were formally documented, Josh was not formally charged.[36][38]

In a joint statement to People magazine following the report, Jim Bob and Michelle said, "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."[28][32]


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.[39] 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.[40] In January 2012, the Duggars endorsed former Republican U.S. Senator Rick Santorum for president.[41] 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. ^ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=33774692
  3. ^ "Prayers for "Grand Pa" Jim Duggar.". Discovery Health. February 11, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Counting their blessings". San Diego Union Tribune. January 5, 2006. Retrieved August 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Patrick, Galen (December 13, 2011). "Memorial Ceremony Held by Jim Bob, Michelle Duggar for Jubilee Shalom". Ontario, Canada: MJB Star. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Arkansas House District Map as of 2002. The yellow district at the northern part of Washington County is the sixth.
  7. ^ Considine, Bob (May 9, 2008). "Mom pregnant with 18th child". New York, USA: MSNBC. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Representative Jim Bob Duggar". Arkansas Legislature. Archived from the original on November 7, 2002. 
  9. ^ http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/elections/historicalElectionResults/Documents/2002_Preferential_Primary_Non-Partisan_Judicial.pdf
  10. ^ Staff reporter (May 23, 2002). "Senator Wins in Arkansas". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ Doug Thompson (March 29, 2006). "Duggar runs for Springdale state Senate seat". Arkansas News Bureau. 
  12. ^ a b Rengers, Carrie (September 9, 2001). "13 Children Add Up To Asset For Challenger". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. 
  13. ^ The Duggars: 20 and Counting!. Simon and Schuster. Retrieved August 21, 2011. 
  14. ^ Celizic, Mike (September 21, 2007). "Meet the Duggar family – all 19 of them". New York, USA: MSNBC. Retrieved December 31, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Family Scrapbook". Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Family. Retrieved January 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Michelle Duggar, feminist?". Faith Street. November 10, 2011.
  17. ^ Dennis, Alicia. "Michelle Duggar Miscarries". People.com. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  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. ^ Joyce, Kathryn (16 March 2009). "Inside the Duggar Family's Conservative Ideology". Newsweek. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  22. ^ Duggar, Michelle & Jim Bob (2011). A love that multiplies. Nashville, Tenn.: Howard Books. pp. 228, 275, 276, 281. ISBN 1-4391-8381-3. 
  23. ^ "Bill Gothard placed on administrative leave". World Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ "A Time of Transition: A Statement From the Board of Directors". IBLP. June 17, 2014. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  25. ^ Hathaway, Jay. "The Duggar Homeschool Program's Terrifying Advice on Sexual Assault". Gawker. Retrieved 25 May 2015. 
  26. ^ "A Duggar on Her Own". Duggar Family Blog. September 25, 2012
  27. ^ a b Josh Duggar sex scandal reported, intouchweekly.com; accessed May 22, 2015.
  28. ^ a b c http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3091940/I-acted-inexcusably-Josh-Duggar-breaks-silence-molesting-young-girls-teen-parents-claim-scandal-drew-family-closer-God.html
  29. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2015/05/21/duggars-reeling-from-joshs-sex-abuse-scandal/27741883/
  30. ^ a b http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/05/21/josh-duggar-apologizes-resigns-from-family-research-council-amid-molestation-allegations/
  31. ^ http://time.com/3893414/josh-duggar-molestation-accusation/
  32. ^ a b http://www.people.com/article/josh-duggar-molestation-accusations-duggars-respond
  33. ^ http://www.ibtimes.com/19-kids-counting-star-josh-duggar-involved-underage-sex-scandal-after-jim-bob-turned-1930280
  34. ^ "Heavily redacted police report re Duggar case". Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  35. ^ http://www.tmz.com/2015/05/21/josh-duggar-sex-scandal-sexually-molested-minor-girls-sisters-19-kids-and-counting-tlc/
  36. ^ a b c The Web Has Known About Josh Duggar For Years
  37. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3091071/PICTURED-State-trooper-let-Josh-Duggar-wake-alleged-child-molestation-charges-later-went-prison-child-pornography-charges.html
  38. ^ http://gawker.com/josh-duggar-confirms-teen-molestation-reports-1706150395
  39. ^ 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. 
  40. ^ http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/duggars-19-kids-stars-dump-santorum-huckabee
  41. ^ O'Brien, Michael (January 2, 2012). "Santorum wins support of TLC's Duggar clan". MSNBC. NBCUniversal. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 

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