Michael Dale Beebe (born December 28 1946) is the current Governor of Arkansas and a member of the Democratic Party. He is the first Democratic Governor of Arkansas since the governorship of Jim Guy Tucker (1992–1996).
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. In 1982, he was elected to the Arkansas State Senate, where he would serve for twenty years. In 2002, he was elected Arkansas attorney general.
Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have three children.
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 Agency (DEA) chief Asa Hutchinson as well as the Green Party candidate and an independent candidate in the general election on November 7 2006, capturing 55% of the vote.
Beebe was sworn in as governor on January 9, 2007. He was elected to the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee for 2008–2009. Beebe and his wife Ginger endorsed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's failed bid (New York Senator and former Arkansas First Lady) for the Presidency of the United States.
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
The governor has also outlined a tweleve point plan to make healthcare 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 that grow worse, expanding school health clinics, and using home or community based cares as an alternative to nursing homes
In September of 2008, Governor Beebe's Commission on Global Warming voted 11-10 to adopt a moratorium on new coal plants in Arkansas. It was unclear whether the governor would support his commission's vote or whether the state legislature would even include it in future legislation.
GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE IGNORES BI-PARTISAN OPPOSITION TO OBAMACARE, PLAYS PARTISAN GAME WITH HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE.
Dec 22, 2011; LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The following information was released by the Republican Party of Arkansas: Republican Party of Arkansas...