Mike Huckabee facts for kids
|44th Governor of Arkansas|
July 15, 1996 – January 8, 2007
|Lieutenant||Winthrop P. Rockefeller (1996–2006)
|Preceded by||Jim Guy Tucker|
|Succeeded by||Mike Beebe|
|12th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas|
November 20, 1993 – July 15, 1996
|Governor||Jim Guy Tucker|
|Preceded by||Jim Guy Tucker|
|Succeeded by||Winthrop Paul Rockefeller|
|Chairman of the National Governors Association|
|Preceded by||Mark Warner|
|Succeeded by||Janet Napolitano|
Michael Dale Huckabee
August 24, 1955
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
|Children||John Mark, David, and Sarah|
|Residence||Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Ouachita Baptist University
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
|Profession||Politician, author, public speaker, & ordained minister|
Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee (born August 24 1955) is a former governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas. He was governor from 1996 to 2007. He is a Republican. He is also a Southern Baptist minister. He wanted to be President of the United States in the 2008 election, but did not get picked by his party.
Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas. His parents were Mae Elder and Dorsey Huckabee. He studied at Ouachita Baptist University and at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)
In 1996, incumbent Democratic governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud. Within a few hours, Tucker reinstated his resignation after Huckabee threatened to initiate impeachment proceedings against Tucker. Huckabee was sworn in as Governor of Arkansas on July 15, 1996.
In November 1998, Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term by defeating retired Colonel Gene McVay in the primary and Jonesboro attorney Bill Bristow in the general election, becoming the state's third elected Republican Governor since Reconstruction.
In November 2002, Huckabee was reelected to his second four-year term by defeating State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher, garnering 53 percent of the vote. His reelection came despite the defeat in the general election of fellow Republican U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson. By the end of his term, Huckabee held the third-longest tenure of any Arkansas Governor. Only Democrats Orval Faubus, who served six consecutive two-year terms (1955–1967), and Bill Clinton, who served 11 years, 11 months (1979–1981; 1983–1992), had longer tenures.
During his time as a governor Huckabee raised taxes 21 times for a net tax increase of $505 million.
2008 presidential campaign
2016 presidential campaign
On May 5, 2015, Huckabee announced that he will seek the 2016 Republican nomination for President of the United States. It will be his second run for the U.S. presidency. He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016.
After 2008, he began hosting a news talk show on the Fox News television channel. The show, called Huckabee, ran until 2015 when Huckabee retired. He has also written several books, many of which have been best sellers.
In his spare time, Huckabee plays guitar in a band. On his television show he has played guitar with a number of famous artists, including Willie Nelson, Def Leppard, and Ted Nugent.
Images for kids
Huckabee giving a speech following the South Carolina 2008 Presidential Primary in Columbia, SC
Huckabee with a supporter at a campaign rally in Wisconsin
Former Governor Huckabee speaking at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana
Huckabee play bass guitar with recording artist Ayla Brown in 2015
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