Jon Huntsman Fast Facts

Jon Huntsman
Birth date:
March 26, 1960
Birth place: Palo Alto, California
Birth name: Jon Meade Huntsman Jr.
    Father: Jon Meade Huntsman Sr., billionaire chemical magnate
    Mother: Karen (Haight) Huntsman
    Marriage: Mary Kaye Cooper (1983-present)
    Children: Asha Bharati, adopted from India; Gracie Mei, adopted from China; William; Jon III; Elizabeth "Liddy"; Abigail "Abby"; Mary Anne
    Education: Attended University of Utah, 1978-1980; University of Pennsylvania, B.A. in Political Science, 1987
    Religion: Mormon
    Other Facts:
    Dropped out of high school in his senior year to play piano with local bands. The University of Utah, at the time, allowed completion of high school coursework after admission.
    Served a two-year Mormon mission in Taiwan.
    Speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese.
    Worked as legislative intern for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
    His father, Jon Sr., owned the company that invented the McDonald's Big Mac clamshell box.
    The family chemical business, Huntsman Corp., is a global enterprise with subsidiaries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America.
    1982-1983 -
    White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
    1983-1989 - Executive at Huntsman Corp.
    1989-1990 - Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Trade Development Bureau of the Commerce Department.
    1990-1991 - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for East Asia and the Pacific.
    1992-1993 - US Ambassador to Singapore.
    1995-2001 - President of Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
    2001-2003 - Deputy US Trade Representative.
    2001 - Divests of most personal stock upon becoming trade representative, including that held by his wife and held in the trust for his children.
    2003-2004 - Chairman and CEO of Huntsman Family Holdings Co.
    2004 - Places personal assets, 1.5% of Huntsman Family Holdings Co. in blind trust during gubernatorial campaign.
    2005-2009 - 16th Governor of Utah, resigns in 2009 to become US Ambassador to China.
    2005 - Divests all personal holdings in Huntsman Corp.
    July 2006 - Endorses Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2008 presidential race.
    2008 - Serves as national co-chairman of McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.
    August 7, 2009 - Huntsman is confirmed by the US Senate as US ambassador to China.
    August 11, 2009-April 30, 2011 - US Ambassador to China.
    January 2011 - Delivers letter of resignation to President Barack Obama, stating his intention to step down as US Ambassador to China effective April 30, 2011.
    June 21, 2011 - Announces candidacy for 2012 GOP nomination for president at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, the same place Ronald Reagan launched his campaign in 1980.
    October 18, 2011 - Boycotts the CNN/Western Republican Presidential Debate out of deference to New Hampshire, which is locked in a political scheduling fight with Nevada.
    January 26, 2012-present - Chairman of the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
    June 20, 2012-present - Distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institution.
    January 15, 2014-present - Chairman of the board of the Atlantic Council.
    September 3, 2014 - Huntsman tells the Deseret News he feels same-sex marriage across the country is "inevitable," and rules out another run for president in 2016.
    July 18, 2017 - The White House announces that President Donald Trump has chosen Huntsman to be the US ambassador to Russia.