- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
name= Jon Huntsman, Jr.
imagesize = 170px
caption=Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
office= Governor of Utah
January 3, 2005
Gary R. Herbert
Olene S. Walker
birth_date= birth date and age|1960|03|26
Palo Alto, California
Salt Lake City, Utah
University of Pennsylvania
spouse= Mary Kaye Huntsman
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. (born
March 26, 1960in Palo Alto, California) is the governorof the state of Utah, having won the office in the 2004 election. His term as the 16th governor of Utah began on January 3, 2005.
Early life and education
Huntsman is the son of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman of
Huntsman Corporation. He attended the University of Utah, where he was a Sigma Chi. He received a Bachelor's degreein business from the University of Pennsylvaniaafter transferring to that school.
He served an LDS mission in Taiwan and speaks fluent
Standard Mandarin Chinese.
After college, Huntsman worked as a
White Housestaff assistant in the Reagan Administration, U.S. ambassadorto Singaporein the administration of President George H.W. Bush, and a deputy United States trade representative in the George W. Bush Administration.
In addition to his public service, Huntsman served as an executive for the
Huntsman Corporation, the Huntsman Cancer Foundationand CEO of Huntsman Family Holdings Company. Other organizations he has served include the Utah Opera, Envision Utah, the Coalition for Utah's Future, and KSL-TV's Family Now campaign.
In November 2004, Huntsman was elected with 57% of the vote, defeating Democratic Party nominee
Scott Matheson, Jr.. [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Utah election results 2004 |url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/elections/2004/ut/ |work=The Washington Post |publisher= |date=November 24, 2004 |accessdate=]
Huntsman's maternal grandfather
David B. Haightwas an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which Huntsman and his family are also members. Huntsman has eight brothers and sisters and over 60 nieces and nephews on his side of the family.
Huntsman is a seventh-generation Utahn; his wife Mary Kaye is a first-generation Utahn. Together they have seven children: Mary Anne (b. 1985), Abigail (b. 1988), Elizabeth (b. 1989), Jon III (b. 1991), William (b. 1993), Gracie Mei (b. 2000) who is adopted from China, and another baby girl from
India, Asha Bharati (b. 2006).
Huntsman is also a self-proclaimed fan of the
progressive rockgenre and on July 30, 2007, attended a concert by progressive metalband Dream Theater. Later that day, Huntsman signed a proclamation creating "Dream Theater Day" on that date for the state of Utah. According to Dream Theater's website, Huntsman is a keyboard player.
As governor, Huntsman lists economic development, healthcare reform, education, and energy security as his top priorites. He has overseen large tax cuts and has advocated reorganizing the way that services are distributed so they the government will not become overwhelmed by the state's fast growing population. Huntsman would like to expand healthcare, mainly through the private sector, by using tax breaks and negotiation to keep prices down. He also advocates encouraging people with insurance to use it as preventive care. The governor also sees Utah as being uncompetitive with the rest of the nation in terms of securing the best teachers. [http://www.utah.gov/governor/priorities/index.html]
Huntsman is receptive to environmental issues and would like the state to reduce fuel and energy consumption. He is also concerned with nuclear waste being stored within his state. On hot button social issues, such as abortion, gay marriage, and gun control, Huntsman generally walks a more conservative line. He also defines his taxation policy as "business friendly." [http://www.ontheissues.org/Jon_Huntsman.htm]
Utah gubernatorial election, 2008
* [http://www.utah.gov/governor/ Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr.] official state site
* [http://www.nga.org/portal/site/nga/menuitem.29fab9fb4add37305ddcbeeb501010a0/?vgnextoid=766e224971c81010VgnVCM1000001a01010aRCRD National Governors Association - Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr.] biography
*"Follow the Money" - Jon M Huntsman Jr & Gary R Herbert
** [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=102573 2008] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=85397 2006] [http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=70666 2004] campaign contributions
* [http://www.ontheissues.org/Jon_Huntsman.htm On the Issues - Jon Huntsman] issue positions and quotes
* [http://www.vote-smart.org/bio.php?can_id=MUT87665 Project Vote Smart - Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. (UT)] profile
* [http://dreamtheater.net/news_dreamtheater.php#utah Dream Theater - The Official Site] biographical information
* [http://votimus.com/user/candidate_nonMember.aspx?UID=10187&UT=3 Jon Huntsman's Bio] at "Votimus.com"
Olene S. Walker
Governor of Utah
January 3, 2005–present
title=Republican Party nominee for
Governor of Utah
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