Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the No. 1-rated weekend hit Huckabee on the Fox News Channel and Cumulus Media Networks’ syndicated radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show, heard on more than 175 stations. He’s also heard three times daily across the nation on The Huckabee Report syndicated on almost 600 stations, and has been the fastest-growing new program on the Cumulus Media Network in recent years.
He is the author of nine books, including his most recent, A Simple Government. This is his fourth book on the New York Times best-seller list joining Do the Right Thing, A Simple Christmas, and Can't Wait Till Christmas.
After an early career in broadcasting and advertising, he spent 12 years as a pastor and denominational leader. He became the youngest President ever of the Arkansas Southern Baptist State Convention, the largest denomination in Arkansas. Huckabee led rapidly growing congregations in Pine Bluff and Texarkana. He said those experiences gave him a deep sense of the problems faced by individuals and families.
From 1996–2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was recognized nationally for his strong leadership, having been honored by several renowned publications and organizations for his numerous accomplishments. Governing magazine named him as one of its Public Officials of the Year for 2005, Time magazine honored him as one of the five best governors in America, and later in the same year, Huckabee received the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award. In 2007, he was presented with the Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), for his commitment to music education. He served as the Chairman of the prestigious National Governors Association as well as the Education Commission of the States and the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission.
After finishing second to John McCain in 2008 in the campaign for the Republican nomination for President, he formed HuckPac to assist conservative Republicans running for office nationwide and has amassed a volunteer team with thousands of activists in all 50 states.
Huckabee is an avid musician and is bass player in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has opened for artists such as Willie Nelson and the Charlie Daniels Band, and has played the House of Blues in New Orleans, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Colorado, for two presidential inauguration balls, and at two Republican National Conventions. He is featured each week in the musical segment of his Fox show with the Fox house band, The Little Rockers.
The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida and still spend part of their time in Arkansas. They have three grown children: John Mark, David, and Sarah, as well as two grandchildren, Chandler and Scarlett, for whom his most recently released book, Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett is named.