Eldest Duggar Moving to Washington For Job With Family Research Council

Jun 19, 2013 1:22pm

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Josh Duggar, who is known as a pro-life activist, fundamentalist Christian, reality show star and the eldest of 19 children, is adding another title to his public persona.

On Monday, Duggar announced via Twitter that he will be joining the Family Research Council as executive director of the organization’s legislative branch, FRC Action, in Washington, D.C.


The president of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, officially broke the news of Duggar’s new position on the Monday edition of Washington Watch, Perkins’ national radio show, during an interview with Duggar.

The FRC is known for its socially conservative stances on abortion and same-sex marriage, which Duggar advocated for during the 2012 election cycle as a supporter of Rick Santorum.

Following the election, Duggar continued to voice his backing for pro-life measures. In January, he participated in the annual March For Life in Washington, D.C., and closely followed legislation regarding fetal pain in both the House and Senate.

Although Duggar did not discuss any major policy issues of his own with Perkins during their interview, the discussion touched on the family’s political past.

Jim Bob Duggar, the patriarch of the Duggar brood, catapulted his ever-growing family into fame through his involvement in the Arkansas legislature. The senior Duggar served in the Arkansas House of Representatives from 1999 to 2002, after which he ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate but ultimately lost to Tim Hutchinson.

Duggar did not say if his parents and 18 siblings would be helping with the move to the nation’s capital, but rather chose to concentrate on his new career path.

“[My wife and I] have been praying about this decision for quite a while,” he said. “I am just very excited about [it].”

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