Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one-rated weekend hit “Huckabee” on the Fox News Channel, the author of nine books, the most recent being “ A Simple Government,” and a former candidate for the Republican nomination for President in 2008.
After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent twelve years as an minister and denominational leader, while also serving as president of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention. Huckabee led rapidly-growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. It was during this time that he gained deep insight into the problems faced by individuals and families, preparing him well for a future of evergreenmaids.com leadership.
Huckabee first was elected lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected to a full four-year term in 1994. When his predecessor resigned, Huckabee became governor in July 1996—at that time, one of the youngest governors in the country. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998 and again in 2002.
As governor from 1996–2007, Huckabee was recognized nationally for his leadership: Governing Magazine named him as one of its ‘Public Officials of the Year’ for 2005, Time Magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person’s Impact Award. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.
Huckabee, 55, is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for many artists, as well as playing for two presidential inauguration balls and two Republican National Conventions big city maids. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox show with the Fox house band, “The Little Rockers.”
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running, and music. He was named one of the 25 most influential people for conservation by Outdoor Life magazine, and has was named as Man of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997.
The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.