Jon Huntsman Jr.
Jon Huntsman Jr.
|8th United States Ambassador to Russia|
October 3, 2017 – October 3, 2019
|Preceded by||John F. Tefft|
|Succeeded by||John J. Sullivan|
|9th United States Ambassador to China|
August 28, 2009 – April 28, 2011
|Preceded by||Clark T. Randt Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Gary Locke|
|16th Governor of Utah|
January 3, 2005 – August 11, 2009
|Preceded by||Olene Walker|
|Succeeded by||Gary Herbert|
|11th United States Ambassador to Singapore|
September 22, 1992 – June 15, 1993
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Robert D. Orr|
|Succeeded by||Ralph L. Boyce|
Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
March 26, 1960
Redwood City, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Kaye Cooper (1983–present)|
|Children||7 (including Abby)|
|Alma mater||University of Utah|
University of Pennsylvania (BA)
Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. (born March 26, 1960) is an American businessman, diplomat and politician. He was the 8th United States Ambassador to Russia from October 3, 2017 to October 3, 2019 for the Donald Trump administration. 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. He was sworn in on October 3, 2017. On August 6, 2019, Huntsman submitted his resignation letter to President Donald Trump as Ambassador to Russia, effective October 3, 2019. He unsuccessfully ran for Utah Governor again in the 2020 race.
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. 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. 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.
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.
Russian ambassador[change | change source]
On March 8, 2017, Trump nominated Huntsman to serve as the United States Ambassador to Russia. He began the position on October 3, 2017. He resigned in October 2019.
2020 Utah gubernatorial election[change | change source]
On November 14, 2019, Huntsman announced his plans to run for Governor of Utah again in the 2020 election. He lost the Republican nomination to Spencer Cox in July 2020.
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. Huntsman has seven kids. Two of them are adopted. One of his children, is Abby Huntsman who is a co-host of The View.
In October 2018, Huntsman was diagnosed with stage-1 melanoma and is seeking treatment at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Huntsman accepts ambassadorship to Russia: Report". 8 March 2017.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Jon Huntsman, ambassador to Russia, resigns
- ↑ "Interactive Timeline". Jon Huntsman For President. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- ↑ Smith, Robert (May 1, 2011). "Jon Huntsman: A Political Path, Paved With Detours". NPR.
- ↑ "National Governors Association Profile". Nga.org. Archived from the original on October 29, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
- ↑ "NewsLibrary.com - newspaper archive, clipping service - newspapers and other news sources". Nl.newsbank.com. 2001-03-22. Retrieved 2011-10-04.
- ↑ Strauss, Daniel. "Jon Huntsman launches another run for Utah governor". Politico. Retrieved 2019-12-10.
- ↑ Joseph M. Dougherty (February 9, 2007). "Scouts present reports to Huntsman". Deseret News. Archived from the original on March 21, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
- ↑ "Distinguished Eagle Scout Award" (PDF). Boy Scouts of America. 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 12, 2016. Retrieved June 3, 2011.
- ↑ "Ambassador Huntsman diagnosed with skin cancer, sought treatment at Huntsman Cancer Institute". Salt Lake City Tribune. November 1, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Huntsman Appearances on C-SPAN
- Horizon PAC
- Huntsman Presidential Campaign Staff Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Vote Smart
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Appearances on Charlie Rose programs
- Appearances at the Internet Movie Database
- Collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Collected news and commentary at The Wall Street Journal
- Collected news and commentary at The Guardian
- Works by or about Jon Huntsman Jr. in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Profile at Notable Names Database
- Profile at Ballotpedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Financial information at OpenSecrets.org
- Biography at the United States Department of State (archived)
- Michael Brendan Dougherty, Jon Huntsman, the No-Drama Conservative[permanent dead link], The American Conservative, August 24, 2011
- "Jon Huntsman Could Do Without Bill Clinton’s Kudos", Andrew Goldman, The New York Times Magazine, 4 January 2013
- 1960 births
- Living people
- Ambassadors of the United States to China
- Governors of Utah
- Politicians from California
- Republican Party (United States) politicians
- 2012 United States presidential candidates
- People from Palo Alto, California
- Politicians from Salt Lake City, Utah
- People with cancer
- Ambassadors of the United States to Russia