(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Mike Huckabee, talk show host and former governor of Arkansas.
Personal: Birth date: August 24, 1955
Birth place: Hope, Arkansas
Birth name: Michael Dale Huckabee
Father: Dorsey Huckabee, a fireman and mechanic
Mother: Mae (Elder) Huckabee, an office worker
Marriage: Janet (McCain) Huckabee (May 25, 1974-present)
Children: John Mark; David; Sarah
Education: Ouachita Baptist University, B.A., 1976; Attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Religion: Southern Baptist
Other Facts: Born in the same Arkansas town as former president Bill Clinton.
Is an ordained Baptist minister.
After being diagnosed in 2003 with Type 2 diabetes, lost over 100 lbs. and has completed several marathons.
Plays bass guitar with his band Capitol Offense. The band has opened for Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band and has played for two presidential inauguration balls.
As governor, Huckabee created a health insurance program known as ARKids First which provides health insurance coverage for thousands of Arkansan children who were previously uninsured.
Timeline: 1980-1985 - Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
1986-1992 - Pastor of Beech Street First Baptist Church, Texarkana, Arkansas.
1989-1991 - President of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
1987-1992 - President of KBSC-TV, a Christian television station in Texarkana.
1992 - Unsuccessfully runs for the U.S. Senate (R-AR).
1992-1996 - President of Cambridge Communications in Texarkana.
November 20, 1993 - Wins a special election for lieutenant governor; is elected in 1994 to a full four-year term.
July 15, 1996-January 9, 2007 - Serves as governor of Arkansas after Jim Guy Tucker resigns post-Whitewater fraud conviction.
November 3, 1998 - Wins gubernatorial election with about 60% of the vote.
November 5, 2002 - Is re-elected governor.
January 29, 2007 - Files a statement of candidacy with the FEC to run for president.
September 27, 2008 - Debuts a weekend show for Fox News titled "Huckabee."
November 13, 2008 - It is announced that Huckabee signed a deal with ABC Radio Network to do a twice-weekly radio show titled "The Huckabee Report," starting January 5.
April 9, 2012 - Huckabee's radio show, "The Mike Huckabee Show," debuts with Mitt Romney as the first guest.