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12-28-2013, 06:43 AM
- Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. was born March 26, 1960 in Redwood City, California to Karen (Haight) Huntsman and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Jon Huntsman, Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation.

- Under President George H. W. Bush, Huntsman was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for trade development and commerce for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In June 1992, Bush appointed Huntsman to become U.S. Ambassador to Singapore.

- In 2001 Jon Huntsman guided the accession of China into the World Trade Organization.

- During Huntsman's administration, Utah’s state budget rose from $16.7 to $22.8 billion. Utah saw spending increases higher than inflation and in 2006 Huntsman proposed the largest state budget in the state's history.

- Jon Huntsman was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009 to be ambassador to China. Huntsman resigned his post in the spring to work on his 2012 presidential run.

- Jon Huntsman served as chairman Huntsman Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals. The Huntsman Corporation is a bipartisan political donor. During the 2010 election cycle, the corporation's political action committee contributed to longtime Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.). In previous elections, the PAC has contributed to ideologically varied politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) in 2004 and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

- Jon and his wife, Mary Kaye, have doled out $30,600 since the 1992 election cycle. The top three recipients of the Huntsman's campaign contributions were:
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who received a total of $5,600, encompassing both his 2000 unsuccessful primary run for the Republican presidential nomination and his unsuccessful 2008 presidential bid against Obama.
* President George H.W. Bush, who received $4,000 during the 1992 election cycle.
* President George W. Bush, who received $4,000 across both of his successful presidential runs.

- In 2007 Huntsman backed John McCain and became one of the McCain campaign's national Co-Chairs, and went with McCain to Iraq over Thanksgiving in 2007.

- As governor in 2007, in response to the issue of Global Warming, Huntsman signed the Western Climate Initiative, by which Utah joined with other governments, including three Canadian provinces, in agreeing to pursue targets for reduced production of greenhouse gases. He also appeared in an advertisement sponsored by Environmental Defense, in which he said, "Now it's time for Congress to act by capping greenhouse-gas pollution.

- Huntsman supported individual healthcare mandate in 2007 but now opposes it. Huntsman and his administration went on to support a 2007 United Way of Salt Lake City plan which called for a mandate. That same year, his cabinet and others pushed draft legislation that mirrored the Massachusetts model and the United Way plan and included a mandate. When the Utah legislature balked at such a mandate, it was taken off the table. Huntsman has denied that he ever supported a mandate.

- Jon Huntsman: “The greatest gift we could give this country on the 10th year anniversary of 9-11 is a Homeland Security Department that really works.”

- Jon Huntsman: Cyber intrusion is the new battlefield, and an act of war. “What we need in this country is to use this issue as not only an economic development tool, but also a national security tool.”

- Jon Huntsman supported an increase in the federal minimum wage.

- Jon Huntsman supported the DREAM Act which proposed a path to citizenship for young people brought to the United States by their parents illegally.


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