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Former Utah Governor, Ambassador Jon Huntsman
- Born: March 26, 1960, Palo Alto
- Spouse(s): Mary Kaye Cooper
- Children : Mary Anne Huntsman, Abigail Huntsman, Elizabeth Huntsman, Jon Huntsman III, William Huntsman Gracie Mei Huntsman, Asha Bharati Huntsman
- Residence : Washington, D.C.
- Alma mater: University of Pennsylvania
- Profession: Diplomat, Politician
- Religion: Mormon
Political Career :
- White House staff assistant in the Reagan Administration
- Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce in the Administration of President George H. W. Bush
- Ambassador to Singapore in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush
- Deputy United States Trade Representative in the Administration of President George W. Bush
- In 2004 he was elected Governor of Utah
- In 2008 Huntsman was elected to a second term as Governor of Utah
- In 20o9 Huntsman was appointed Ambassador China in the Barack Obama Administration
- In January of 2011, Huntsman resigned his position as Ambassador to China. Many speculate he did so to begin running for the Republican presidential nomination and challenge President Obama
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Jon Huntsman was tapped by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Ambassador to China in May 2009 and his nomination was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Huntsman was sworn in as Ambassador immediately following his resignation as the Governor of Utah on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 11:30 a.m.
Huntsman was elected twice as Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percent of the vote, including the majority in all 29 counties. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utahs unparalleled quality of life, continually increasing the states economic competitiveness and maximizing funding to Utahs public education system.
Huntsmans breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement. He has previously lived in Asia three times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
Huntsmans public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Ambassador, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with China, Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, India, Vietnam, West Africa, South Africa and other Asian and African nations. He played a critical role in launching global trade negotiations in Doha, Qatar in November of 2001, guiding the simultaneous accession of China and Taiwan into the World Trade Organization.
He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research.
During his tenure as Governor, Utah was repeatedly recognized by many prestigious organizations for its dynamism, business climate and quality of life. Perhaps most importantly, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America. Even in times of economic hardship, Huntsman worked collaboratively with stakeholders to minimize impacts to critical human services while maintaining job-stimulating construction projects and keeping the States Rainy Day Fund intact as a tool for any future fiscal distress.
Recognized nationally for his leadership, Huntsman served as chairman of the Western Governors Association and on the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association.
As a dedicated public servant, Huntsman is committed to serving in this critical post as Ambassador to one of the most important international relationships for the United States of America. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has four honorary doctorate degrees.
Bio by State.Gov
Jon Huntsman has a deep breadth of experience in an area of the world that is becoming increasinly important.Asia. The burgeoning markets of Asia, especially China, warrant that the United States be competetive and open trade opportunities for the U.S. markey to take advantage of for the betterment of our industries, jobs and economy. Huntsman experience as a trade representaive in that area and as an expert in Sino-American relations in policy should have a significant on any attempt to run for Presidednt that Huntsman may persue.
As a former Governor, Huntsman manged Utah with great success. He boosted the states economy, and enhanced its business environment. he maintained the line on taxes and spending and in all areas of importance, he racked up a solid record to run on, vene within the G.O.P..
But all of this may not be enough to win Huntsman the republican presidential nomination. Before he left the Governors office to become Ambassador to China, he made remarks supporting same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues. To a degree, Huntsmans positions on such issues, could position himself well among Libertarian conservatives. The problem is, conservatives Republicans will hold this against him, not credit him for it. Then there were remarks Huntsman made concerning spending. He once argued that that the Obama spending package was not big enough.
All of these things will be hurdles that Huntsman must overcome and although they will not be impossible, they will hamper his ability to jump out in the front of what may be a crowded field of conservative and TEA Party movement Republicans. Jon Huntsman has the ability to shape a well financed, well run campaign and if he does run, he will be an attractive candidate foir many reasons. But exactly how far he can go is in great doubt at this time.
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