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Mike Huckabee
Former Governor of Arkansas & Executive
Fox Television Host of the Huckabee Show
 
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is the host of the number one rated weekend hit “HUCKABEE” on the Fox News Channel, and is heard three times daily across the nation on the “Huckabee Report.” 
 
He is the author of 11 books, several of which have been New York Times Best-Sellers. Former governor Huckabee has been outspoken in his support for Israel's rights to sovereignty over the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, where Bet El is located. He has visited Israel over 12 times and most recently toured with Dr. Joe Frager to Jewish sites in the eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem and throughout Judea and Samaria.
 
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.
 
A significant part of his early adult life was spent 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.
 
The former governor and his wife, Janet, live in Florida. They have three grown children: John Mark, David and Sarah.
 
American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center is honored to have former Governor Huckabee as our guest speaker for the 2014 Gala Dinner.
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