Jon Huntsman Jr.

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Jon Huntsman Jr.
Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr.jpg
8th United States Ambassador to Russia
Assumed office
October 3, 2017
President Donald Trump
Succeeded by John F. Tefft
9th United States Ambassador to China
In office
August 28, 2009 – April 28, 2011
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Clark T. Randt Jr.
Succeeded by Gary Locke
16th Governor of Utah
In office
January 3, 2005 – August 11, 2009
Lieutenant Gary Herbert
Preceded by Olene Walker
Succeeded by Gary Herbert
11th United States Ambassador to Singapore
In office
September 22, 1992 – June 15, 1993
President George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
Preceded by Robert D. Orr
Succeeded by Ralph L. Boyce
Personal details
Born Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
(1960-03-26) March 26, 1960 (age 58)
Redwood City, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Kaye Cooper (1983–present)
Children 7 (including Abby)
Alma mater University of Utah
University of Pennsylvania (BA)
Jon Huntsman Jr.
Chinese 洪博培

Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. (born March 26, 1960) is an American businessman, diplomat and politician. He is the 8th and current United States Ambassador to Russia since October 3, 2017. He was the 11th United States Ambassador to Singapore from September 22, 1992 through June 15, 1993. He served as the 16th Governor of Utah from January 3, 2005 through August 11, 2009. During the Barack Obama administration, Huntsman served as the United States Ambassador to China from August 28, 2009 through April 28, 2011.

Huntsman ran for president in the 2012 United States presidential election, but lost the Republican nomination to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

On March 8, 2017, Huntsman accepted a position as United States Ambassador to Russia under the nomination from President Donald Trump.[1] He was sworn in on October 3, 2017.

Early life[change | change source]

Huntsman was born in Palo Alto, California, but went to school in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father is businessman Jon Huntsman Sr.. He dropped out of high school to be in a rock band.[2][3] Later, he got a G.E.D. and went to college at the Universities of Utah and Pennsylvania.

Political career[change | change source]

After living in Taipei for a year, Huntsman served in the Reagan and Bush Administrations. He was Ambassador to Singapore when he was only 32.[4] When Bill Clinton was President, Huntsman ran his family's multimillion-dollar chemical company. He served as George W. Bush's Ambassador to Indonesia and Deputy Trade Representative.[5]

In 2004, Huntsman was elected Governor of Utah. While in office, he cut taxes. While governor, most people in Utah approved of him. He was re-elected in 2008, but resigned as Barack Obama's Ambassador to China. Huntsman served in that capacity from 2009 to 2011. While Ambassador, he watched some Chinese protest; this led to the Chinese blocking his name on Google for a while.

2012 United States presidential campaign[change | change source]

Huntsman was a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 Republican primaries. He was one of the most moderate candidates running in the primaries. Huntsman ran on his strong record of job creation in Utah, which had the highest job creation rate in America while he was governor. He has also polled near the bottom of the candidates in the race, although he had a strong showing in New Hampshire. He lost the primaries to Mitt Romney.

Later political career[change | change source]

On March 8, 2017, Trump nominated Huntsman to serve as the United States Ambassador to Russia.[1] He began the position on October 3, 2017.

Personal life[change | change source]

Huntsman is a Mormon and went on a Mormon mission in Asia, but has explored other faiths. Huntsman is also an Eagle Scout.[6][7] Huntsman has seven kids. Two of them are adopted.

References[change | change source]

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  2. "Interactive Timeline". Jon Huntsman For President. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  3. Smith, Robert (May 1, 2011). "Jon Huntsman: A Political Path, Paved With Detours". NPR. 
  4. "National Governors Association Profile". Archived from the original on October 29, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  5. " - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". 2001-03-22. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  6. Joseph M. Dougherty (February 9, 2007). "Scouts present reports to Huntsman". Deseret News. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  7. "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" (PDF). Boy Scouts of America. 2007. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 

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