Sometimes it takes a pivotal event to open your eyes to God’s truth about your life. Former Arkansas Congressman Ed Bethune and his wife, Lana, talk about the “perfect storm” they found themselves in while sailing across the Atlantic ocean. Their boat was hammered by 25-30 foot waves and shrieking winds for 36 hours. Uncertain they would make it out alive, they radioed the U.S. Coast Guard, who rescued them several hours later.
Ed Bethune grew up in Arkansas. He joined the Marines when he was eighteen years old and rose to the rank of sergeant. He received an honorable discharge in 1957 and then earned two degrees from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a bachelor of science from the School of Business Administration and a juris doctorate from the School of Law. He served four years as a special agent of the FBI and then became a prosecuting attorney in his hometown of Searcy, Arkansas. As a private attorney, he was lead counsel in the trial of many important cases, both civil and criminal.
In 1978, against all odds, he won a seat in the United States House of Representatives, the first Republican to hold that seat in 104 years. He served three terms in Congress and then lost a campaign for a seat in the United States Senate. After Congress, Bethune joined the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, D. C. and became a high profile ethics lawyer, representing Speaker Newt Gingrich, Majority Leader Tom DeLay and others. He and his wife Lana reside in Little Rock, Arkansas. They have two children and eight granddaughters.