Huntsman was born March 26, 1960 in Palo Alto, California. Huntsman served his missionary work in Taiwan for two years. Upon returning home he earned his bachelor's from the University of Pennsylvania. Following school Huntsman worked as a staff assistant for the Reagan Administration and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development under the Bush Administration. He then served as U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. Huntsman left public service to work for the Huntsman Corporation. In 2004 Huntsman won the election as Governor of Utah. He left the post in 2009 when Obama appointed him U.S. Ambassador to China where he served until 2011, stepping down to run for President in 2012.

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Full Name: 
Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
Date of Birth: 
Saturday, March 26, 1960

Palo Alto, California

Alma Mater: 
University of Pennsylvania

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Huntsman said we need more troops along the border to protect against illegal immigration.

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Huntsman is for decreasing taxes and created a flat tax during his time in Utah.

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Huntsman says that the idea of a border fence "repulses him," but that it may be necessary in stopping illegal immigration.

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Huntsman believes in climate change and has urged government to put regulations on emissions.

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Legislative Career

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U.S. Ambassador to China
2009 to 2011
2005 to 2009
U.S. Ambassador to Singapore
1991 to 1993