• HUCKABEE, MIKE
Candidate for 2016 Presidential Election
Experience: Candidate, United States President, 2008, 2012
Campaign Status: Running
Home State: Arkansas
Total Raised: $4,318,804Coverage End: Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Personal

    Full Name: Michael 'Mike' D. Huckabee
    Gender: Male
    Family: Wife: Janet; 3 Children: John, David, Sarah
    Birth Date: 08/24/1955
    Birth Place: Hope, AR
    Home City: North Little Rock, AR
    Religion: Christian - Southern Baptist

Education

    Attended, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976-1977
    BA, Ouachita Baptist University, 1976

Political Experience

    Candidate, United States President, 2008, 2012
    Governor, State of Arkansas, 1996-2007
    Lieutenant Governor, State of Arkansas, 1993-1996
    Appointed, Governor, State of Arkansas, July 1996

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

    Former Co-Chair, Delta Regional Authority
    Former Member, Executive Committee, National Governors' Association
    Former Chair, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
    Former Chair, Southern International Trade Council
    Former Chair, Southern Technology Council
    Chair, Southern Growth Policy Board, 2001
    Chair, Southern Governors' Association, 1999-2000

Professional Experience

    Host, "Huckabee", Fox News Network, present
    Host, "Huckabee Report", Citadel Media Network, present
    President, Cambridge Communications, Arkansas, 1992-1996
    Communications Executive, Cambridge Communications, 1992-1993
    Pastor, Beech Street First Baptist Church, Texarkana, 1986-1992
    President/Founder, KBSC-UHF 24 Hour Channel, 1987-1992
    President/Founder, ACTS 24 Hour Channel, 1983-1986
    Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, 1980-1986

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

    Volunteer, Cancer Society
    Former President, Council of State Governments
    Volunteer, Friendship Center
    Founder, Huck Political Action Committee
    Former Member, King Cotton Classic Basketball Tournament
    Former Board Member, Ouachita Baptist University Board of Trustees
    Member, Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce
    Volunteer, Pine Bluff Public Schools
    Member, Texarkana Chamber of Commerce
    Member, United Way
    Chair, Texarkana's Easter Seals Telethon, 1993-1994
    President, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 1989-1991

Additional Information

Awards:

    Southern Region Runner of the Year, Road Runners Club of America, 2005
    Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame, 2000
    Athlete of the Week, United States of America Track and Field
    American Sportfishing Association's Man of the Year, 1997
    Public Officials of the Year, Governing Magazine, 2005
    Named one of the five best governors in America, Time Magazine, 2005
    American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award, 2005
    Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchant, 2007

Publications:

    From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America's Greatness (2007),
    Quit Digging Your Own Grave With a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy
    Lifestyle (Center Street, 2005)
    Living Beyond Your Lifetime (Broadman and Holman, 2000)
    Kids Who Kill (Broadman and Holman, 1998)
    Character is the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America (with John Perry) (Broadman andHolman, 1997)

About Mike Huckabee

Mike Huckabee is no stranger to Presidential politics. He was runner-up to John McCain for the Republican nomination in 2008. After that race, Huckabee began his career as a successful talk show host and public speaker, and when approached to run again in 2012, he declined.

Huckabee uses his Southern charm and friendly personality to full effect when campaigning, and has the ability to explain even the most complex issues in a common-sense style that everyone can understand. He has used his notoriety to build relationships with both grassroots organizations and national donors to position himself well for another run.

While Huckabee continues to speak about his fiscal conservative believes, he also does not shy away from his strong positions on social issues, including abortion and gay marriage. While the mix of these two sides of the conservative coin played well in 2008, they may not help Huckabee in 2016 as the mood of the country has shifted, and as the Republican party has become more libertarian and anti-government. As a populist member of the establishment, Huckabee may face headwinds even fighting for the GOP nomination.

Total: 11
Huckabee: My money's on Trump

“Look, nothing’s backfired on Donald Trump yet. I’d put my money on him,"he says.

12/28/2015
By Nick Gass | POLITICO
Huckabee slams Cruz for telling donor fighting gay marriage isn't 'top-three priority'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Wednesday blasted Ted Cruz after a POLITICO report quoted the Texas senator telling a donor that fighting gay marriage wouldn’t be a “top-three priority” for his administration.

12/23/2015
By Nolan D. McCaskill | POLITICO
Huckabee: On guns, this is the real Hillary

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Hillary Clinton's embrace of gun control is a more accurate reflection of her political roots than the pro-gun persona she adopted in her failed 2008 presidential bid.

12/03/2015
By Kyle Cheney | POLITICO
Huckabee raps Obama as 'weather-obsessed' for climate change push

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) says President Obama is “dangerous” for prioritizing climate change over radical Islam.

12/01/2015
By Mark Hensch | The Hill
Report: Huckabee to get knee surgery over holiday

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) is undergoing surgery on his knee on Wednesday, a new report says.

11/24/2015
By Mark Hensch | The Hill
Huckabee: Ban travel visas for ISIS hot spots

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is calling for the immediate banning of visas for “travelers and tourists from any country with a significant ISIS or al-Qaeda presence.”

11/18/2015
By Lisa Hagen | The Hill
Huckabee calls on Ryan to prevent entry of Syrian refugees, or to step down

Mike Huckabee laced into the U.S.' anti-ISIL strategy on Monday, calling on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to prevent more Syrian refugees from entering the country without assurances that they can be sussed out from potential terrorist threats in their midst, in the wake of Friday's deadly attacks in Paris.

11/16/2015
By Nick Gass | POLITICO
Poll: NC Republicans favor Mike Huckabee, dislike Chris Christie
06/22/2015
By Colin Campbell | The News & Observer
Mike Huckabee: Confederate flag is no 2016 issue
06/21/2015
BY THEODORIC MEYER | POLITICO
Total: 20
Issue Title Candidate's Answers
1. Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right

Strongly Oppose
2. Stricter punishment reduces crime

Support
3. Marijuana is a gateway drug

Support
4. Higher taxes on the wealthy

Oppose
5. Stimulus better than market-led recovery

Oppose
6. Vouchers for school choice

Support
7. Make voter registration easier

Strongly Oppose
8. Prioritize green energy

Oppose
9. Avoid foreign entanglements

Strongly Oppose
10. Expand the military

Support
11. Support & expand free trade

Oppose
12. Support American Exceptionalism

Strongly Support
13. Absolute right to gun ownership

Strongly Support
14. Expand ObamaCare

Oppose
15. Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens

Oppose
16. EPA regulations are too restrictive

Oppose
17. Keep God in the public sphere

Strongly Support
18. Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Oppose
19. Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Strongly Oppose
20. Privatize Social Security

Support
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