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After taking office in 2007, Governor Mike Beebe made improving education, expanding Arkansas’s economy and cutting taxes his top priorities. Under his leadership, Arkansas achieved more than $1.6 billion in tax relief.
Governor Beebe’s education policies and initiatives garnered nationwide attention, and during his tenure, Arkansas ranked fifth in overall K-12 education. To build a better-trained workforce, Governor Beebe proceeded to match colleges and universities with local businesses and led changes in the way schools teach math, science, engineering, and technology (STEM subjects).
Arkansas also significantly improved health care during Governor Beebe’s time in office. The Arkansas Health Care Payment Improvement Initiative reined in rising costs by giving doctors financial incentives to provide better care more efficiently. Almost immediately, it was recognized as a potential model for other states. Additionally, he led the effort to fund Arkansas’s much-needed statewide trauma system. Arkansas’s Trauma Call Center has also established itself as a national trendsetter.
Born in Amagon, Arkansas, Governor Beebe earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arkansas State University in 1968 and completed law school at the University of Arkansas in 1972 while serving in the U.S. Army Reserve. He was named Outstanding Trial Lawyer of Arkansas during his years in private practice in Searcy, where he was president of the White County Bar Association, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Central Arkansas Hospital, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Arkansas State University.
Before being elected Governor for two terms, he spent 20 years as a State Senator and was then elected Attorney General for four years, consistently reaching across party lines to solve problems. In 2011, Governor Beebe was honored by Governing Magazine as Public Official of the Year. He is currently on the Governors’ Council of the national Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Board of Directors of Tyson Food, Inc., Centennial Bank, and the UAMS Foundation. He serves as Of Counsel at Roberts Law Firm, and an advisor to the Roberts Group.
Governor Beebe and his wife, Ginger, have worked together to improve children’s health and literacy throughout the state of Arkansas and have been nationally recognized for their leadership in fighting childhood hunger.