Mike Huckabee

 

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee

 

Born: August 11, 1955, Hope, Arkansas

Spouse(s): Janet Huckabee

Children :John Mark, David, Sarah

Residence :North Little Rock, Arkansas

Alma mater: Ouachita Baptist University

Profession:Politician, Talk Show Host,Author, Public Speaker, & ordained Minister

Religion: Southern Baptist


Political Career :
  • 1992, Ran for U.S. Senate in Arkansasagainst incumbent DemocratSenator Dale Bumpers
  • 1993, Huckabee to run in the special election for lieutenant governorand wonbecoming only the second Republican since Reconstruction to serve as Arkansas lieutenant governor.
  • 1994, Huckabee was re-elected to a full term as lieutenant governor, beating Democratic candidate Charlie Cole Chaffin with nearly 59 percent of the vote
  • 1996, Huckabee announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Democrat Senator David Pryor.
  • During that campaign Democrat Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted on one count of arranging nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans in conjunction with the Whitewater scandal. Tucker announ ced that he would resign. Lt. Governor Huckabee then withdrew from the senate race and assumed the office of Governor on July 15, 1996.
  • 1998, Huckabee was elected to his first full term as Governor.
  • 2002, Huckabee was reelected to his second four-year term
  • 2008, Huckabee ran for the Reublican presidential nomination but withdrew from the race when it became apparent that John McCain had wonenough delegates to cinch the nomination.

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Growing up, MikeHuckabee found salvation in words and music. He started playing guitar at age 11 and became a champion public speaker and debater. He preached his first sermon as a teenager. The tumultuous national and international events of 1968 spurred his desire for a career in media or public service. At age 14, Huckabee got his first job at a radio station, reading the news and weather. Then in 1972, he was elected Governor of Arkansas Boys State. After high school, Huckabee enrolled at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he majored in religion, minored in speech. Following his 1975 graduation, Huckabee attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, before dropping out to work for televangelist James Robison.

Huckabee returned to Arkansas in 1979 to serve as a congregational pastor and, in 1989, became the head of the 490,000-member Baptist State Convention. From this power base, he ran for the Senate against the incumbent Dale Bumpers in 1992. During the campaign, he advocated separating people with HIV/AIDS from the general population, telling the Associated Press that “we need to take steps that would isolate the carriers of this plague.” Huckabee ended up losing that election.

That same year, the Governor of Arkansas, who came from the same small town that Mike Huckabee came from…..Hope, Arkansas, was elected President of the United States and when the Lt. Governor, Jim Guy Tucker assumed the President-Elect’s position as Governor, Mike huckabee decided to run in the special elction for Lt. Governor……………….and he won.

The in 1996, Huckabee announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat that was being vacated by retiring Democrat Senator David Pryor. During that campaign, Democrat Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted on one count of arranging nearly $3 million in fraudulent loans in conjunction with the Clinton’s Whitewater scandal. Tuckersubsequently announced that he would resign. Lt. Governor Huckabee then withdrew from the senate race and assumed the office of Governor on July 15, 1996.

One of his first acts was the creation of a program labeled ARKids First. The initiative called for a medical insurance plan for the thousands of children of families who could not afford private insurance and who were ineligible for Medicaid. He also supported and promoted Amendment 75, a 1/8-cent sales tax that created increased revenue for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Department of Parks and Tourism, and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.

In 1998, Huckabee ran for election and won with 59.7 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Bill Bristow. Following the election, he led a campaign to rebuild the state highway system by supporting a substantial bond initiative, and he pushed for Arkansas’s tobacco settlement to be used for the state’s health care system.

Education was a dominant issue for Huckabee. Early in his first full term, he enacted two programs targeting school children and achievement. The first was Smart Start, which placed emphasis on the promotion of math and reading skills for students from kindergarten to fourth grade; an additional plan called Smart Step pushed for achievement in the same areas for students from fifth to eighth-grade students. Also during his first full term, Huckabee began to find leadership posts within regional organizations. In 1999, he became the chair of the Southern Governor’s Association and later the chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board.

While Huckabee achieved several significant political and policy victories following 1998, many public relation incidents began to plague him toward the end of his first term. One concerned the renovation of the governor’s mansion. While the mansion needed the upgrade, Huckabee received criticism from opponents and in the media for the cost of the renovation and for the triple-wide mobile home that was brought to the grounds for the family to live in during the remodeling. Critics said that by living in the mobile home, Huckabee was promoting a national stereotype of the state. Huckabee attempted to ease the situation by appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and by eventually donating the mobile home to a sheriff’s ranch for disadvantaged and troubled youth in Clark County.

Around the same time, Huckabee was criticized for a comment he made on New York radio program, during which he referred to Arkansas’s electoral system as one akin to a “Banana Republic.” The statement produced critical responses from the state’s press and from a fairly large public arena.

While many of the state’s governors have exercised their power to issue pardons and clemency, Huckabee received attention toward the end of his first term for several high-profile pardons and commuted sentences. In addition to political opponents and the press, some victim’s rights groups also created unpleasant public relations situation for the governor’s office. Additionally, Janet Huckabee had decided to run for the secretary of state position in 2002, and opponents argued against a husband and wife holding two statewide constitutional offices at the same time.

These issues followed Huckabee into the 2002 gubernatorial election. That year, the Democratic Party saw an opening and began to organize a stronger opposition to his reelection. State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher was chosen as the Democratic nominee. The criticism that Mike Huckabee had received during the previous years caused the race to seem fairly close. Following a spirited campaign, Huckabee was able to defeat Fisher by a margin of fifty-three percent to Fisher’s forty-seven percent. Janet Huckabee lost her bid for secretary of state to Commissioner of State Lands Charlie Daniels.

Huckabee faced one of his greatest political challenges shortly following his third inauguration in 2003. In the Arkansas court case Lake View School District, No. 25 of Phillips County, et al. vs. Mike Huckabee, Governor of the State of Arkansas, et al., the Arkansas Supreme Court declared that the state’s process of school funding was unconstitutional. The court additionally ruled that Arkansas needed to establish a fair system by the end of 2004. A court decision as early as 1994 had found the school funding system inequitable, but subsequent appeals had kept the rulings from being enforced. The 2003 Lake View ruling created an urgent issue for the state.

To meet the requirements of the ruling, Huckabee proposed a plan that would consolidate many small school districts. The plan proved controversial in several rural areas, as well as among superintendents and many legislators, and the 2003 General Assembly failed to produce any resolutions. Later that year, Huckabee called the legislature into special session, and after much debate and compromise, a consolidation plan was passed. Many rural districts were allowed to find consolidation partners among schools in their vicinity. This process continued into 2004. The same year, Huckabee began to find leadership positions within national organizations. In 2005, he became the chairman of the National Governor’s Association, and he became the chairman the Education Commission of States. He also served as chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Huckabee was also instrumental in passing the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001, and later, on Valentine’s Day of 2005, the governor and his wife participated in a large gathering of 8,000 Arkansans at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock (Pulaski County), all of whom expressed their desire to support and reaffirm their marriages.

During his ten years in office, the Republican Party gained substantial strength in the state and candidates were fielded in most statewide races. Huckabee’s overall popularity helped make the environment favorable for Arkansas to become one of the last Southern states to become a competitive two-party system at the state level.

One of his first acts was the creation of a program labeled ARKids First. The initiative called for a medical insurance plan for the thousands of children of families who could not afford private insurance and who were ineligible for Medicaid. He also supported and promoted Amendment 75, a 1/8-cent sales tax that created increased revenue for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Department of Arkansas Heritage, the Department of Parks and Tourism, and the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission.

In 1998, Huckabee ran for election and won with 59.7 percent of the vote over Democratic challenger Bill Bristow. Following the election, he led a campaign to rebuild the state highway system by supporting a substantial bond initiative, and he pushed for Arkansas’s tobacco settlement to be used for the state’s health care system.

Education was a dominant issue for Huckabee. Early in his first full term, he enacted two programs targeting school children and achievement. The first was Smart Start, which placed emphasis on the promotion of math and reading skills for students from kindergarten to fourth grade; an additional plan called Smart Step pushed for achievement in the same areas for students from fifth to eighth-grade students. Also during his first full term, Huckabee began to find leadership posts within regional organizations. In 1999, he became the chair of the Southern Governor’s Association and later the chairman of the Southern Growth Policies Board.

While Huckabee achieved several significant political and policy victories following 1998, many public relation incidents began to plague him toward the end of his first term. One concerned the renovation of the governor’s mansion. While the mansion needed the upgrade, Huckabee received criticism from opponents and in the media for the cost of the renovation and for the triple-wide mobile home that was brought to the grounds for the family to live in during the remodeling. Critics said that by living in the mobile home, Huckabee was promoting a national stereotype of the state. Huckabee attempted to ease the situation by appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and by eventually donating the mobile home to a sheriff’s ranch for disadvantaged and troubled youth in Clark County.

While many of the state’s governors have exercised their power to issue pardons and clemency, Huckabee received attention toward the end of his first term for several high-profile pardons and commuted sentences. In addition to political opponents and the press, some victim’s rights groups also created unpleasant public relations situation for the governor’s office. Additionally, Janet Huckabee had decided to run for the secretary of state position in 2002, and opponents argued against a husband and wife holding two statewide constitutional offices at the same time.

These issues followed Huckabee into the 2002 gubernatorial election. That year, the Democratic Party saw an opening and began to organize a stronger opposition to his reelection. State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher was chosen as the Democratic nominee. The criticism that Mike Huckabee had received during the previous years caused the race to seem fairly close. Following a spirited campaign, Huckabee was able to defeat Fisher by a margin of fifty-three percent to Fisher’s forty-seven percent. Janet Huckabee lost her bid for secretary of state to Commissioner of State Lands Charlie Daniels.

Huckabee faced one of his greatest political challenges shortly following his third inauguration in 2003. In the Arkansas court case Lake View School District, No. 25 of Phillips County, et al. vs. Mike Huckabee, Governor of the State of Arkansas, et al., the Arkansas Supreme Court declared that the state’s process of school funding was unconstitutional. The court additionally ruled that Arkansas needed to establish a fair system by the end of 2004. A court decision as early as 1994 had found the school funding system inequitable, but subsequent appeals had kept the rulings from being enforced. The 2003 Lake View ruling created an urgent issue for the state.

To meet the requirements of the ruling, Huckabee proposed a plan that would consolidate many small school districts. The plan proved controversial in several rural areas, as well as among superintendents and many legislators, and the 2003 General Assembly failed to produce any resolutions. Later that year, Huckabee called the legislature into special session, and after much debate and compromise, a consolidation plan was passed. Many rural districts were allowed to find consolidation partners among schools in their vicinity. This process continued into 2004. The same year, Huckabee began to find leadership positions within national organizations. In 2005, he became the chairman of the National Governor’s Association, and he became the chairman the Education Commission of States. He also served as chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board.

Huckabee was also instrumental in passing the Covenant Marriage Act of 2001, and later, on Valentine’s Day of 2005, the governor and his wife participated in a large gathering of 8,000 Arkansans at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock (Pulaski County), all of whom expressed their desire to support and reaffirm their marriages.

In the end,Mike Huckabee’s ten years in office producedsubstantial gains in the state and candidates were fielded in most statewide races. Huckabee’s overall popularity helped make the environment favorable for Arkansas to become one of the last Southern states to become a competitive two-party system at the state level. But more than that, in general, Arkansas was a state better off after his tnure as Governor than before his tenure as Governor. Term limites prevented him from running for another consecutive full term.

Data provided byBiography.com & the Encyclopedia of arkansas History and Culture

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Mike Huckabee is a polished speaker, some might call him a smooth talker, and as a minister, he talks with a convincing sense of convixtion and believabilty. His down to earth, home spun analogies and story telling has made him a popular talk show host and speaker. He as even been succesful with the written word. While in office, Huckabee authored five books: Character is the Issue (1997), Kids Who KillI (1998), Living beyond Your Lifetime (2000), Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork (2005), and From Hope to Higher Ground (2007).

In 2008, his confortable communication skillsvaulted him into the stratosphere as he went from underdog to “man to beat” after a surprisng upset victory in the first in the nation causcuses of Iowa. But while he managed tourviver with a few wins form the South during Super Tuesday,after Texas went for John McCain and reached the number of delegates needed to cinch the nomination,Huckabee withdraw from the race.

But he left quite an impression on people.

One of the most striking things about Huckabee’s campaign was his bold support for a national sales tax to replace theexisting income tax structure.But it failed to catch enough fire to the success of Huckabeeor the Fair Tax.

Should Huckabee try to run for President again, he will be up against some tough competition. Many contenders will even splinter his evangelical base, a core group of Huckabee’s popular support. Without the religious solidly behind Huckabee, his chances of getting the nomination are not good.

But more than that, a 2009 epsiode that saw a prisoner which Huckabee’s granted clemency, ambush and killseveral police officers in Tacoma, Washington, will most definetly haunt any attempts by Huck to become President. I believe it will derail any thoughts of running that Huckabee may have had.

If Mike Huckabee does run again in 2012, anticpate him to struggle through the first three or four contests and ultimately fare far worse than he did in 2008

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