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Mike Huckabee
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44th Governor of Arkansas
In office
July 15, 1996 – January 8, 2007
Lieutenant Winthrop P. Rockefeller (1996–2006)
Vacant (2006-07)
Preceded by Jim Guy Tucker
Succeeded by Mike Beebe
12th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
In office
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
In office
Preceded by Mark Warner
Succeeded by Janet Napolitano
Personal details
Michael Dale Huckabee

August 24, 1955 (1955-08-24) (age 65)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Janet Huckabee
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.

Early life

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

Huckabee announced his run for the White House on Meet the Press on January 28, 2007. He lost the Republican primaries to John McCain.

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.

Personal life

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.

Huckabee married Janet Huckabee in 1974. They have four children. Their daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is the current White House Press Secretary under the Donald Trump administration since 2017.

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