Jon Huntsman, Jr.
|Jon Huntsman, Jr.|
|United States Ambassador to China|
From: August 11, 2009-April 30, 2011
|President||Barack Hussein Obama|
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|16th Governor of Utah|
From: January 3, 2005 – August 11, 2009
|Former United States Ambassador to Singapore|
|President||George H.W. Bush|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Kaye Huntsman|
|Religion||The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints|
Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. is an American businessman, diplomat and politician who served as Governor of Utah . He sought the Republican nomination for president in 2012, but withdrew from the race before the South Carolina primaries.  The libertarian Cato Institute has praised his tax policies, but criticized his spending. He supports civil unions for homosexuals but claims to be pro-life. He has stated his belief in both Darwinism and man-made global warming. Having almost no chance of winning the nomination, Huntsman may simply be an attempt to siphon support away from Mitt Romney.
However, in the economic sphere, he is more conservative than the leading candidates such as Romney and Newt Gingrich, as he fully supports Paul Ryan's budget and would repeal ethanol subsidies, a failed liberal faux-environmentalist program.
Huntsman is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and is currently married to Mary Huntsman. They have seven children (two of them adopted). He is a fan of heavy metal music and was once in a band during his youth. His father, Jon Huntsman, Sr. is an industrial magnate.
Huntsman seeks to enact national education reform that would promote more choice and would initiate merit based pay.
Huntsman advocates a continuation of US military supremacy which he wants to accomplish through a modern fighting force.
Huntsman is pro-life.
Huntsman supports Civil Unions but opposes Full marriage rights
Huntsman's fiscally conservative jobs plan made the Utah the #1 state in Job creation during his tenure.
- See Presidential Election 2012.