- Governor Huckabee was the first man in his family to graduate from high school. He got a scholarship to Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., and received his bachelor's degree in religion in only 2½ years.
- Governor Huckabee is a Baptist Pastor. After graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Huckabee worked as a Baptist pastor for 12 years. He had started preaching on weekends while he was still in college.
- Governor Huckabee had an interesting rise to the top. He was lieutenant governor of Arkansas in 1996, when then Gov. Jim Guy Tucker left office following his Whitewater-related convictions for mail fraud and conspiracy. Huckabee eventually assumed the governorship, but his inauguration was delayed for four hours when Tucker had second thoughts about resigning.
- Governor Huckabee and his wife, Janet, have three children: John Mark, David, and Sarah. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the White House Press Secretary.
- Governor Huckabee is an avid fisherman. Huckabee enjoys fishing and in 1997 was the American Sportfishing Association's Man of the Year. In 2005, a lake in Hope, Ark., was renamed the Mike and Janet Huckabee Lake.
- Governor Huckabee has run marathons in Arkansas, Washington DC and New York. After being diagnosed with weight-related health problems in 2003, Huckabee embraced nutrition and exercise. He ultimately lost more than 100 pounds and wrote a book about weight loss called Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork. He also became an avid runner. In 2005, he finished the Little Rock Marathon in 4 hours 38 minutes.
- Governor Huckabee plays bass guitar in the classic rock band Capitol Offense. The group has performed at the Arkansas State Fair and has opened for REO Speedwagon, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Charlie Daniels Band.
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Shirlene Ostrov, Chairman