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  Huntsman, Jon
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NameJon Huntsman
Salt Lake City, Utah , United States
Website [Link]
Born March 26, 1960 (57 years)
Last ModifedRBH
Sep 05, 2016 02:40am
Tags 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 -
InfoJon 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.


DateFirmApproveDisapproveDon't Know
03/17/2009-03/18/2009 Dan Jones & Associates 84.00% ( 4.0) 13.00% ( 2.0) 3.00% ( 6.0)
02/15/2009-02/16/2009 Dan Jones & Associates 80.00% ( 10.0) 11.00% ( 4.0) 9.00% ( 6.0)
01/24/2009-01/25/2009 Dan Jones & Associates 90.00% ( 6.0) 7.00% ( 5.0) 3.00% ( 3.0)
06/16/2008-06/19/2008 Dan Jones & Associates 84.00% ( 7.0) 12.00% ( 2.0) 0.00% ( 9.0)
03/07/2007-03/08/2007 Dan Jones & Associates 77.00% ( 11.0) 14.00% ( 6.0) 9.00% ( 5.0)
11/12/2006-11/12/2006 Survey USA 77.00% ( 2.0) 18.00% ( 4.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
10/16/2006-10/16/2006 Survey USA 75.00% ( 0.0) 22.00% ( 2.0) 4.00% ( 1.0)
09/14/2006-09/17/2006 Survey USA 75.00% ( 1.0) 20.00% ( 2.0) 5.00% ( 1.0)
08/14/2006-08/14/2006 Survey USA 76.00% ( 0.0) 18.00% ( 0.0) 6.00% ( 0.0)
07/14/2006-07/20/2006 Dan Jones & Associates 88.00% ( 12.0) 8.00% ( 7.0) 4.00% ( 5.0)

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Date Category Headline Article Contributor
Nov 23, 2012 03:15am News Revealed: Meet the Republican candidate that the Obama campaign feared most  Article La Fayette 
Aug 10, 2012 04:00pm Speculative Huntsman to Speak at Democratic Convention?  Article TX DEM 
Jul 06, 2012 07:00am News Huntsman scolds GOP for losing focus, will skip convention  Article Miro 
Apr 24, 2012 12:00pm News Why Jon Huntsman is leaving the GOP (not because they’re Communists)  Article Silver Dime 
Jan 11, 2012 02:20pm Opinion Jon Huntsman’s immoderation  Article Jason 
Dec 02, 2011 03:00pm General Christine Todd Whitman to Jon Huntsman: Run third party   Article COSDem 
Nov 29, 2011 04:40pm General Jon Huntsman: Maybe time for Herman Cain to go   Article COSDem 
Nov 29, 2011 04:00pm General Jon Huntsman won't rule out indy run to Boston Globe   Article COSDem 
Aug 20, 2011 02:20am News Huntsman Hearts Captain Beefheart  Article Picimpalious 
Jun 21, 2011 09:15am Announcement Huntsman Campaign Launch Begins Day with Misspelling of His Own Name  Article RP 
Jun 15, 2011 05:00pm General Huntsman Money Made in China Tests Obama Envoy’s 2012 Hopes   Article Jason 
May 31, 2011 07:00pm Video Huntsman was "comfortable" with [insurance] mandate  Article Brandonius Maximus 
May 07, 2011 10:10am Statement Jon Huntsman: Why I served Barack Obama  Article Jason 
Mar 06, 2011 11:00pm News Bill Daley Praises Jon Huntsman, Touts Ambassador's Closeness To Obama  Article WesternDem 
Feb 25, 2011 12:00am News U.S. envoy's name blocked in latest run-in with China  Article particleman 
Jan 31, 2011 07:00pm Announcement Gibbs confirms: Huntsman is leaving  Article COSDem 
May 15, 2009 10:00pm News Huntsman to accept ambassadorship to China  Article particleman 
Apr 29, 2009 09:40am Event Michigan GOP official cancels Huntsman event in protest  Article RP 
Feb 10, 2009 09:45pm Statement Guv, at odds with most Utahns, backs civil unions for gays  Article particleman 
Dec 16, 2005 09:00am News [Utah] Governor calls gay clubs local — not state — issue  Article Servo 
Feb 08, 2005 12:00am Proposed Legislation [UT] Guv's tax plan gutted  Article particleman 

Importance? 7.75000 Average

Wife Mary Kaye Huntsman 00, 1983-
Father Jon M. Huntsman Sr. 1937-
Mother Karen Huntsman 0000-
Grandfather David B. Haight 1906-2004

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