But what does he think about a candidate, in this case former Congressman Mike Ross, using his name to help boost their campaign?
"Some parts of me really likes it, for obvious reasons," said Beebe. "If somebody thinks... it enhances their position to do that, then to some extent, that's flattering. As a practical matter, everybody's got to be their own person."
While that may be, Beebe still hopes that whoever takes his place will continue the direction of his current administration.
"I really do think [we've] had an extraordinary six and a half years, so far. Arkansas has climbed the rankings in education [and] climbed the rankings in capital income. [We're] one of only four states that never had a budget shortfall or got in fiscal trouble throughout the worst recession that we've seen. We've expanded economic opportunity with being able to -- during some of the worst times -- to retain, or recruit, or expand businesses. We've made several reforms that saved tax payers money, including the criminal justice system. We've done something they said couldn't be done with regard to the private option. We brought Republicans and Democrats together and [have] shown Washington that you can actually work together with leadership on the both sides of the aisle. I think we've restored a bit of swagger and pride that Arkansans now feel about who they are and where they are -- what their state looks like," said Beebe. "I think on the whole, we've had extraordinary progress in so many different arenas in our state, and I suspect that whether they're Republicans or Democrat, that anybody running for governor will want to continue a lot of those things."