Jon Huntsman, Jr.

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.
United States Ambassador to China
From: August 11, 2009-April 30, 2011
President Barack Hussein Obama
Predecessor Clark Randt
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
16th Governor of Utah
From: January 3, 2005 – August 11, 2009
Predecessor Olene Walker
Successor Gary Herbert
Former United States Ambassador to Singapore
From: 1992-1993
President George H.W. Bush
Predecessor Robert Orr
Successor Ralph Boyce
Party Republican
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,[1] but withdrew from the race before the South Carolina primaries. [2] The libertarian Cato Institute has praised his tax policies, but criticized his spending.[3]

He supports civil unions for homosexuals[4] and claims to be pro-life.[5] He has stated his belief in both Darwinism and man-made global warming.[6]

However, in the economic sphere, he is more conservative, as he fully supported Paul Ryan's budget and would repeal ethanol subsidies, a failed liberal faux-environmentalist program.

Liberal Barack Obama appointed Huntsman as his ambassador to China. He was previously ambassador to Singapore for George H.W. Bush. He served as the governor of Utah from 2005-2009.

In the 2012 Republican primary race, Huntsman's campaign may simply have been an attempt to siphon support away from Mitt Romney. Or it may not have.

Personal life

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.

Political Positions

Huntsman seeks to enact national education reform that would promote more choice and would initiate merit based pay. He advocates a continuation of US military supremacy which he wants to accomplish through a modern fighting force. His fiscally conservative jobs plan made the Utah the #1 state in job creation during his tenure.

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