Michael Dale “Mike” Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician, and member of the Republican Party. He was the governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007 and was a candidate for the 2008 United States presidential election; he announced his candidacy on January 28, 2007. Huckabee announced he was going to vie for the Republican nomination once again when he announced his candidacy on May 5, 2015 in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas. After a poor finish in the Iowa caucus , Huckabee announced he was suspending his campaign on February 1, 2016.
Huckabee is the author of several books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, a public speaker, and a musician, playing bass guitar in his rock band, Capitol Offense. He is well known for having lost 110 pounds (50 kg) in a very short time and then advocating a healthy lifestyle. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah.
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