Salt Lake City, Utah , United States
|| March 26, 1960
Aug 14, 2015 02:17pm
Caucasian - 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.
|Wed Apr 27 20:39:15 +0000 2016 - While son Will didn't make the cut for Cruz's VP, he did stand next to POTUS for commander in chief trophy. #GoNavy https://t.co/IIVtloF0EZ|
Wed Apr 20 18:38:54 +0000 2016 - RT @wccoradio: Former Ambassador to China @JonHuntsman talks to Chad about politics, our relationship with China & more at 1:35p | https://…
Sat Mar 26 12:59:01 +0000 2016 - Love you too! https://t.co/eTUmykFDxL
Tue Mar 22 12:59:14 +0000 2016 - Chills! https://t.co/IeUUfAkCkb
Sat Mar 19 01:33:39 +0000 2016 - Something stinks in Salt Lake City. Best friends Mitt Romney and Mike Leavitt supporting different candidates in Utah. Keep an eye on this.
Sat Mar 12 00:23:50 +0000 2016 - Keith Emerson - the best that ever was. My early musical inspiration. His tunes will ring in my head forever. https://t.co/TJTko4BuvX
Fri Mar 11 21:57:08 +0000 2016 - Honored to pay tribute today to a great First Lady. Diverse program with honest and moving tributes. Big tent must return to repub politics.
Sun Mar 06 17:19:44 +0000 2016 - Nancy Reagan passing, while sad for all Americans, serves as a timely reminder of how toxic our politics have become. We must return.
Sun Mar 06 17:16:39 +0000 2016 - RIP Nancy Reagan. As First Lady she was instrumental in restoring believability in our nations highest office. Honor knowing her.
Fri Feb 26 21:11:52 +0000 2016 - Honor to host @JoeBiden in Utah to talk cancer cures @huntsmancancer. No politics, just lifting the human condition. https://t.co/0hxq5kwE9p