Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will speak at Ashland University on June 28, 2012, as the keynote speaker for the 27th Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner.
Sponsored by the Ashbrook Center, the event has hosted many political leaders including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher and John Boehner.
The 7 p.m. dinner program will be held in Ashland University’s John C. Myers Convocation Center. This is an Ashbrook scholarship fundraising event and tickets are $250 per person ($200 of the ticket price is tax deductible). A limited number of VIP reception tickets are available for $500 each. Tables of 10 are available in different price packages and include reception tickets and program recognition.
More information and reservations for the event may be made online at www.ashbrook.org/huckabee or by contacting Lisa M. Ormiston at the Ashbrook Center at (419) 289-5429 or toll-free at (877) 289-5411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Huckabee is the host of the No. 1 rated weekend hit "HUCKABEE" on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the "Huckabee Report" syndicated on almost 600 stations by the Citadel Media Network, where it has been the fastest growing new program on the Citadel Media Network in recent years.
He is the author of nine books, the most recent being “A Simple Government,” which is currently on the New York Times Bestseller list. This is his fourth book on the New York Times Bestseller List joining “Do the Right Thing,” “A Simple Christmas,” and “Can’t Wait Till Christmas.”
After his campaign for the Republican nomination for President in 2008, in which he finished second to John McCain, 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.
From 1996-2007, Huckabee served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas and was recognized nationally for his 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.
Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when his predecessor resigned. He was one of the youngest governors in the country at the time. Huckabee was elected to a full four-year term as governor in 1998, attracting the largest percentage of the vote ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2002.
Huckabee first was elected lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected to a full four-year term in 1994. He was only the fourth Republican to be elected to statewide office since Reconstruction.
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.
Huckabee’s efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. Barely two years later, he had completed four marathons: the 2005 and 2006 Little Rock Marathons, the Marine Corps Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon. As a result of his accomplishments, The Road Runners Club of America named him its "Southern Region Runner of the Year" and USA Track & Field has named him their "Athlete of the Week" for the country.
Huckabee, 55, 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 and 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."
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, running and music. He was named one of the 25 most influential people for conservation by Outdoor Life magazine, and he was named as Man of the Year by the American Sportfishing Association in 1997.
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.
The Ashbrook Center is an independent center at Ashland University that restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.
Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.