Net Worth Mike Huckabee

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Net Worth $ 8,000,000
Real name Michael Dale Huckabee
Source of Wealth Political career, books sales, TV and radio show hosting
Profession Politician, minister, author, political commentator, talk show host, guitarist
Spouse/Partner Wife Janet McCain
Date of Birth Aug 14, 1965
Zodiac Leo
Age 57
Gender Male
Pronoun He/Him
Height 180 cm / 5 ft 10 inch
Nationality American
Siblings Sister Pat Harris

Biography

Michael “Mike” Huckabee is a politician, political commentator, Baptist minister, and bass guitarist. [1]He was the 44th governor of Arkansas, serving 10.5 years as governor, from 1996 to 2007. Huckabee was a candidate for the Republican Party in the presidential nominations in 2008 and 2016.

Mike Huckabee hosted the talk show “Huckabee," aired on the Fox News Channel from 2008 to 2015. He was also a radio commentator on political topics on "The Huckabee Report" program.

He also wrote several best-selling books, including a book on weight loss describing his experience - “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork”.

Mike is the father of the former Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Mike Huckabee’s net worth is estimated at $8 million.

Mike Huckabee’s early life

Mike Huckabee was born in Hope, Arkansas, on August 14, 1955. His father, Dorsey Wiles Huckabee, and his mother, Florence Mae Elder Huckabee, were working-class, conservative Southern Democrats.

Mike is of English, German and Scots-Irish origin, and his ancestry dates back to the Colonial Era. He prides himself on his working-class upbringing and finds the roots of his political views in it.

His sister Pat Harris got him a job at a radio station at 14, where he read the news and the weather. Mike went to Hope High School and was the student council president from 1972 to 1973.

Mike joined the ministry of Garrett Memorial Baptist Church in 1972. Afterward, he went to Ouachita Baptist University, where he graduated with a BA in religion in 1978.

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He attended the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary but dropped out to go into Christian broadcasting. Later he graduated from the seminary and got his master’s degree in 1980. After becoming an ordained Baptist minister, Huckabee served as a minister in various churches in Arkansas. [2]

He was a pastor at the Immanuel Baptist Church from 1980 to 1986 and Beech Street First Baptist Church from 1986 to 1992, before going into politics. His ministerial experience and moral absolutes influenced him in his later political career.

Huckabee’s interest in politics was born when he was elected the president of the Arkansas Baptist Convention.

Political career

Mike Huckabee ran for lieutenant governor of Arkansas for the first time in 1992, but lost to incumbent Democratic senator Dale Bumpers, with 40 percent of votes in the general elections.

However, the next year he ran again in a special election for lieutenant governor and won. This made Huckabee the second Republican to serve in the position of Arkansas lieutenant governor since Reconstruction, after Maurice Britt from 1967 to 1971.

He was re-elected for a full term as lieutenant governor in 1994 with almost 59 percent of the votes.

Career as the Arkansas Governor

After the incumbent governor, Jim Guy Tucker, resigned because he was convicted of fraud, Mike Huckabee was sworn in as governor on July 15, 1996.

In 1998 and 2002, he was elected to a full four-year term as governor. He was widely praised for his quick actions after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Huckabee introduced many educational and health reforms. [3]He made college scholarships more available, opened more charter schools, and introduced new approaches to workforce education. His Smart Start and Smart Step initiatives are especially notable for putting emphasis on reading and math for students from kindergarten through the eighth grade.

Mike Huckabee helped improve healthcare. His ARKids First program provided health insurance coverage to tens of thousands of children.

His initiatives brought him many honors, including: Time's top 5 governors, Governing magazine's Public Officials of the Year, and American Public Health Association's Distinguished Public Health Legislator of the Year Award.

On the other hand, Huckabee was a target of a lot of criticism for commuting and accepting a large number of pardons during his term. He pardoned twice as many sentences as his three predecessors combined, or 1,033 prisoners in total.

Although he pardoned a lot of prisoners, Huckabee was also responsible for the increasing prison sizes and executed prisoners. He denied 92% of all clemency requests.

When his term ended in 2007, Huckabee was the third governor of Arkansas with the longest tenure, serving 10.5 years.

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Presidential election campaigns

On January 28, 2007, Huckabee announced he was going to run for the White House on Meet the Press.

In November of the same year, he received a lot of endorsements from religious activists. Huckabee came under a lot of criticism for his religious propaganda, such as his comment about making the United States a “Christian nation”. He was extremely religious and assigned his political success to God.

Huckabee won the Iowa Republican caucuses, getting 34% of the votes and 17 delegates on January 3, 2008, against Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, John McCain, and Ron Paul.

On February 5, 2008, he won the first contest of "Super Tuesday", registering victories in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Tennessee, but Republican party candidate John McCain was still the front-runner.

On February 9, 2008, Huckabee got 60% of the votes in the Kansas Republican Caucuses in the first election after Super Tuesday.

However, on March 4, 2008, he withdrew from the run for candidacy after it became apparent he was going to lose in Texas.

In May 2015, Huckabee announced that he wanted to be considered for the Republican nomination for president in the 2016 elections. However, following very low results in the Iowa caucus on February 1, 2016, he stopped his campaign.

Trump support

After he ended his own campaign in the 2016 presidential elections, Huckabee supported Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. He also met with the then-elected President Trump after his victory.

Huckabee’s daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders, worked as the White House press secretary to President Donald Trump from 2017 to 2019.

After Trump lost to Biden in the 2020 presidential elections, Huckabee made unsupported claims of election fraud.

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Political views

Huckabee had deeply conservative views and opposed progressive measures, including public funding for abortion, Obama's health care plan, and LGBT rights. He stated he didn’t believe in Darwin's theory of evolution and supported religious freedom.

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Huckabee stated that the reason for increased violence in schools was the lack of Christianity.

He supported a larger military and increased defense spending, immigration enforcement, and border security and has an anti-gun control stance.

TV and radio career

In 2008, Huckabee became a political commentator for Fox News’s 2008 American presidential election coverage. He also hosted the weekend show, “Huckabee.

After several months, he began hosting and doing commentary on the ABC Radio Networks’ radio program, "The Huckabee Report," which aired until 2015.

From April 2012 until December 2013, Huckabee hosted a talk show on Cumulus Media Networks (previously ABC Radio Networks).

Huckabee also played the electric bass guitar in the classic-rock band “Capitol Offense.” They played at political parties and events.

Personal life, weight loss, and advocacy

Mike Huckabee got married to Janet McCain in 1974. The couple has three children.

When Mike was elected as the governor of Arkansas, he was obese, weighing 300 pounds (135 kg). In 2003, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and doctors warned him that he wouldn’t live more than a decade unless he lost weight.

Huckabee began eating healthy and exercising; he eventually lost more than 110 pounds (50 kg).

Huckabee wrote a book recording his weight loss journey named “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork.” In 2006, he received the AARP Impact Award for his work as a "health crusader".

He wrote and co-authored several other books that became New York Times Best Sellers, including “Do The Right Thing: Inside the Movement That's Bringing Common Sense Back to America” and “God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy,” among others.

Conclusion

Mike Huckabee is an American politician, political commentator, Baptist minister, and bass guitarist. He was the governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was also the candidate for the Republican Party in the presidential nominations in 2008 and 2016.

Besides his political career, Huckabee served as a Baptist minister and hosted TV and radio shows.

Mike Huckabee’s net worth is estimated at $8 million.

References

  1. Mike Huckabee (2022) Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Huckabee#Bibliography (Accessed: November 14, 2022). 

  2. Mike Huckabee (no date) Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, inc. Available at: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Mike-Huckabee (Accessed: November 14, 2022). 

  3. Mike Huckabee (no date) National Governors Association. Available at: https://www.nga.org/governor/mike-huckabee/ (Accessed: November 14, 2022).