Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. began his career in public service as a staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He has since served four U.S. Presidents in critical roles around the world including Ambassador to Singapore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Trade Ambassador and most recently U.S. Ambassador to China.
Twice elected as Utah's Governor, Jon Huntsman brought about strong economic reforms, tripled the states rainy day fund and helped bring unemployment rates to historic lows. During his tenure Utah was named the best managed state in America and best state in which to do business.
Recognized by others for his service, Governor Huntsman was elected as Chairman of the Western Governors Association, serving nineteen states throughout the region.
Governor Huntsman most recently ran as a candidate for the Republican Presidential nomination until leaving the race in January 2012. He currently serves on the board of Ford Motor Company, Caterpillar Corporation, The U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania, and as a distinguished fellow at the Brookings Institute. In addition he serves as the Chairman of The Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
He is a graduate of The University of Pennsylvania and has seven honorary doctorate degrees.