Last updated on: 11/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Mike Huckabee Biography

Title:
Former Governor (R) of Arkansas
Position:
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Marriage still means one man, one woman, life relationship. I think people have a right to live any way they want to, but even anatomically, let’s face it, the only way that we can create the next generation is through a male-female relationship. For 5000 years of recorded human history, that’s what marriage has meant. 30 states have had it on the ballot, and in all 30 states, it’s passed, even in states like California, that nobody would suggest are social conservatives…

If we change the definition [of marriage], then we really do have to change it to accomodate all lifestyles. I mean, we would have to say to the guy in West Texas who had 27 wives, ‘That’s OK.’…

…[W]ords do matter, definitions matter, and I think that we have to be very thoughtful and careful before we say that we’re going to undo an entire social structure.”

Interview on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dec. 9, 2008

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Host, Huckabee, FOX News Channel
  • Host, The Mike Huckabee Show (syndicated radio program)
  • Host, The Huckabee Report (syndicated radio program)
  • Board Member, Ouachita Baptist University Board of Trustees, 1991-present
  • Founder, HuckPAC (political action committee), 2008
  • Republican candidate for US President, 2008
  • Governor (R), State of Arkansas, 1996-2007
  • Chair, Southern Growth Policy Board, 2001
  • Chair, Southern Governors’ Association, 1999-2000
  • Lieutenant Governor, State of Arkansas, 1993-1996
  • President, Cambridge Communications, 1992-1996
  • Communications Executive, Cambridge Communications, 1992-1993
  • President and Founder, KBSC-UHF 24 Hour Channel, 1987-1992
  • Pastor, Beech Street First Baptist Church (Texarkana, AR) 1986-1992
  • President and Founder, ACTS 24 Hour Channel, 1983-1986
Education:
  • Attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1976-1977
  • BA, Ouachita Baptist University, 1976
Other:
  • Bass player, Capitol Offense (rock band)
  • Recipient, Music for Life Award, National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), 2007
  • Completed four marathons: ING New York City Marathon (2006), Little Rock Marathon (2005 and 2006), and Marine Corps Marathon (2005)
  • Named one of America’s Five Best Governors in the US by TIME magazine, Nov. 2005
  • Named one of the “Public Officials of the Year” by Governing magazine, 2005
  • Recipient, Impact Award, AARP, 2005
  • Chair, Texarkana’s Easter Seals Telethon, 1993-1994
  • President, Arkansas Baptist State Convention, 1989-1991
  • Former Chair, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission
  • Former member, Executive Committee, National Governors’ Association
  • Former President, Council of State Governments
  • Named one of the 25 Most Influential People for Conservation by Outdoor Life magazine
  • Named Athlete of the Week by USA Track & Field
  • Lives in Florida with his wife, Janet
  • Has three grown children, John Mark, David, and Sarah
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?