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Mike Huckabee

Elected as the 44th Governor of Arkansas, Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) served as Governor from 1996 until 2007, becoming one of the longest serving Governors in Arkansas history, and only the fourth Republican elected to any statewide office since Reconstruction. Huckabee had been Lieutenant Governor for 3 years in July 1996 when his predecessor was forced to resign due to felony convictions. Huckabee was subsequently elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial candidate in Arkansas. He was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.

When Huckabee stepped down as Governor of Arkansas he left behind a legacy of tax cuts, job creation, the reconstruction of his state’s road system, K-16 education reform, and a health initiative that focused on the less expensive approach of prevention. Huckabee has sometimes been criticized by fiscal conservatives for his policies while Governor, but he is quick to point out that while Governor he had to work with a Democrat legislature to get things done for the state.

Prior to entering into politics Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, served as pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, from 1980 to 1986, and the Beech Street Baptist Church in Texarkana from 1986 to 1992.

Huckabee is a veteran of Presidential campaigns, having run for the Republican nomination for President in 2008. In January 2008, Huckabee won the Iowa caucuses, receiving 34% of the vote. Huckabee would go on to win contests in eight States before withdrawing from the campaign on March 4, 2008, after it became apparent that he would not win the nomination.

Huckabee also flirted with running for President in 2012, but ultimately elected not to run despite favorable early polling showing him as a co-favorite among the Republican electorate.

Shortly after Huckabee withdrew from the Presidential campaign in 2008, he was hired by FOX News as a political commentator and regular contributor. Huckabee would go on to host a weekend show simple titled Huckabee on the FOX News Channel from September 2008 through the beginning of January 2015.

On the issues

Governor Mike Huckabee is a pro-life Christian conservative who believes in family values, is not in favor of same-sex marriage, and thinks government is too big and spends too much. A strong defender of the Second Amendment and staunch alley of Israel, Huckabee also supports the FairTax. Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, Huckabee has bee a vocal critic of the President and has called Obamacare “a $2.2 trillion disaster that dumps millions of people into a broken, expensive system and does nothing to fix the basic problems everyday Americans face.”

In terms of patents, technology or innovation, it appears as if Huckabee has taken no positions. In a post on his campaign website from May 2015, he did refer to hydraulic fracturing as innovative.