- Date of Birth:
- August 24, 1955
- 5' 11"
Mike Huckabee (born Michael Dale Huckabee on August 24, 1955 in Hope, Arkansas) is an American talk show host, news correspondent and politician. At age 14, Mike got his first job reading the news and the weather at a radio station. He graduated high school (the first in his family to do so) before enrolling in Ouachita Baptist University. He graduated with a degree in religion and speech in 1975. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for one year before dropping out to work for televangelist James Robinson. He began his political career in 1992 by running for the Senate. Though he lost that race, in 1993, Mike won a special election for lieutenant governor. Mike was appointed governor in 1996, replacing Jim Guy Tucker who was convicted on charges of fraud and conspiracy. Mike was elected to a full term in both 1998 and 2002. In 2007, after serving his last term as governor, Mike announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President, losing to John McCain. Mike transitioned into a broadcast career, becoming the host of Huckabee, a political commentary show on Fox News. On January 3, 2015, Mike stepped down from the show. Later that year, Mike announced he would run for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. The highlight of his struggling campaign came in Dec. 2015, when he was photographed alongside a supporter who turned out to be a Las Vegas prostitute.
Best Known For:
Mike Huckabee is best known as a former Governor of Arkansas, a Fox News commentator and a Republican presidential candidate.
Mike plays the electric bass guitar in his classic-rock band, Capitol Offense. He married his high school sweet heart, Janet McCain, in 1974. They have three children – John Mark, David and Sarah. Mike has struggled with his weight. He was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes in 2003. He lost over 110 pounds and participated in several marathons.