Salt Lake City, Utah , United States
|| March 26, 1960
Feb 27, 2013 10:08am
Caucasian - Conservative - Moderate-to-Conservative - Pro Environment - Pro Free Trade - Pro School Vouchers - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Capital Punishment - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Gay Marriage - Pro-Life - Pro-Smaller Government - Pro-Term Limits - Married - Latter Day Saints (Mormon) - Straight -
|Info||Jon Huntsman Jr. has lived a varied and remarkable life in business and public service. |
As governor of one of the most conservative states in the country, Jon built a strong executive record by cutting taxes, reducing waste and growing Utah's economy. Thanks to the free-market policies implemented by Gov. Huntsman, Utah weathered the economic storm and grew jobs while the rest of the country saw substantial job loss.
Jon also has extensive foreign policy experience -- a passion that was sparked at a young age. When he was 19, Jon embarked on a two-year mission trip to Taiwan, where he learned to speak Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese Hokkein. He was later named U.S. Ambassador to Singapore, becoming the youngest head of an American diplomatic mission in a century. As U.S. Trade Ambassador under President George W. Bush, Jon helped negotiate dozens of free trade agreements with Asian and African nations.
His commitment to service rises above partisan politics. Asked by President Obama in 2009 to serve his country once again, Jon was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to China. He turned heads by shunning motorcades, preferring instead to ride his bicycle and interact with the Chinese people. As ambassador, he worked closely with American business owners to facilitate commerce in the growing Asian market, bringing jobs and capital back to America. Jon occasionally butted heads with the Chinese government as he stridently advocated for the release of American citizens wrongfully imprisoned.
In the private sector, Jon is a successful businessman with hands-on job creation experience. He served as an executive in his family's business, which built hundreds of products and employed thousands of people. Using his international experience and language skills, Jon has helped the company compete and expand globally.
Shortly after becoming governor in 2004, Jon began implementing his 10-point plan for jumpstarting Utah's economy -- including historic tax reform. He simplified the tax structure and cut taxes by more than $400 million -- the largest tax cut in the state's history.
He maintained his fiscal responsibility even in the midst of the national economic recession. Rather than raise taxes or use accounting gimmicks, Jon cut waste and made government more efficient. As a result, Utah held its AAA bond rating and earned national accolades for debt management. Under his leadership, Utah ranked number one in the nation in the job creation and was named the best-managed state by the Pew Center.
In 2008, Jon spearheaded and passed comprehensive, market-based health care reform. While other states relied on government control and individual mandates, Jon delivered reforms that give consumers freedom to choose and negotiate their own coverage in a competitive marketplace. He also signed landmark legislation to protect the sanctity of unborn life and defend the Second Amendment.
When he is not working or spending time with his family, Jon enjoys riding his Harley and considers himself a street food connoisseur, frequenting taco stands. He is also an avid motocross racer, which has been a passion his entire life.
Jon Huntsman, Jr. is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Mary Kaye have seven children, including two adopted girls from China and India.
|Mon Jun 22 01:36:37 +0000 2015 - Congratulations Jon III & new daughter in law @morganmckenna22. Proud dad today. Thx Navy/USMC for colorful send off. http://t.co/vkV0lbxQG1|
Wed Jun 17 16:03:17 +0000 2015 - RT @NoLabelsOrg: "I want to thank No Labels for elevating the discussion of solving problems at the national level." @KellyAyotte http://t.…
Wed Jun 17 16:02:10 +0000 2015 - I was proud to address the need for a #NationalStrategicAgenda and bipartisan goal-setting at a Senate HSGAC hearing this morning. #nolabels
Wed Jun 17 14:23:52 +0000 2015 - RT @CNNOpinion: A plan for the next president #2016 @jonhuntsman @joelieberman http://t.co/F9J7uNenec http://t.co/3r3zNz7UGo
Sat Jun 13 14:48:13 +0000 2015 - RT @HuntsmanAbby: ICYMI my piece this morning @TODAYshow. See how much $$ candidates will spend on 2016 race. This is tough to swallow! htt…
Tue Jun 02 15:11:06 +0000 2015 - I'll be talking China on the rise next week at @AJCGlobal's #GloFo. To watch —> http://t.co/5ulkYTC8Sn
Mon Jun 01 18:41:11 +0000 2015 - Thanks @ChinaInstitute_ for a lovely #BlueCloudGala;great to see fellow honorees @AstroDude & Shirley & Walter Wang! http://t.co/R8jDStONn3
Sat May 30 20:53:51 +0000 2015 - Hitting the @StevenWilsonHQ concert tonight in NYC. One of rock's most prolific and talented. Prog rock crowd. One primary I could win!
Sat May 30 15:21:51 +0000 2015 - RT @HuntsmanAbby: Let's do this! Co-hosting with my dad this morning. @siriusxm https://t.co/fpaSWcA0Sw
Sat May 30 15:21:41 +0000 2015 - Thanks for joining us! https://t.co/3yLKcU8Z1k