‘Counting On’: How Many Duggars Have Gone Into Politics?

Jedidiah Duggar recently announced that he will be running for office in his home state. Eyeing a seat in the Arkansas House of Representatives, the 20-year-old Jedidiah, is looking to unseat a first-term democrat named Megan Godfrey. The announcement has caused quite the hubbub among Counting On viewers. While Jed’s decision is undoubtedly an interesting one, it’s not entirely out of left field. Several Duggar family members have shown an interest in politics.

Jedidiah is looking to take the same seat his father once held

Jedidiah’s desire to take over a seat in the House of Representatives is not a unique goal for the family. In fact, the 20-year-old reality TV star is eying the exact position his father once held. Jim Bob Duggar held the position from 1998 until 2002.

In 2002, Jim Bob decided to forgo reelection in favor of a more prominent position. He ran for the United States Senate and lost mightly in the primary to incumbent, Tim Hutchinson. Jim Bob later attempted to reenter politics by running for a seat in the Arkansas State Senate in 2006. He lost by 200 votes, according to the Arkansas News Bureau.

Willie Geist and The Duggars
Willie Geist and The Duggars | Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Jim Bob has seemingly given up his political aspirations for himself, but he’s been busy buying up property in the town of Springdale. Some residents believe he’s buying up land in an attempt to curry political favor. Jim Bob owns a variety of commercial and residential properties around the town.

Josh Duggar had an interest in politics, too

Josh Duggar was the first Duggar offspring to show an interest in politics. As the eldest Duggar child, he was the first to get married, the first to move out on his own, and the first to suffer a massive scandal (or two) in the public eye. Before news of his molestation of his siblings came to light, however, he had his sights set on Washington D.C.

Josh allegedly had a part-time political consulting business around the time that he married Anna Keller. In 2013, he moved his family to Washington D.C. to take a position with the Family Research Council, a conservative political action and lobbying organization. He served as an executive director with the group until 2015 when he was forced to resign amid scandal.

Since returning to Arkansas, Josh has been lying low. It doesn’t look like his political aspirations will ever pan out. Right now, he’s embroiled in a land dispute while he awaits the birth of his sixth child. Anna is due this fall.

John-David has an elected position

John-David Duggar, who is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first child with his wife, Abbie Burnett, also holds an elected position. John-David, however, doesn’t seem to have a ton of interest in politics. The 29-year-old is a constable for Washington County. He has held the position for about seven years now.

According to Romper, a constable is an individual elected by the public to watch over the more rural areas of a state. Essentially, they patrol the areas that police departments simply do not have the funds to cover. John-David’s position is a volunteer position, and he does not get paid for his time. To make ends meet, the soon-to-be father of one serves as the family’s on-call pilot.