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Michael Huckabee was born on August 24, 1955 in Hope, Arkansas. His parents are both natives of Hope: his father - Mae Elder (1925–1999) worked as a fireman and mechanic, and his mother - Dorsey Wiles Huckabee (1923–1996) worked as a clerk at a gas company. He has a sister, Pat (Harris) who works in a middle school as a teacher. Father has left a lasting impression being a strict disciplinarian. In interview for ABC News Huckabee told: "My father was the ultimate patriot. You know, he'd lay on the stripes, and I'd see stars."

Huckabee's career started at 14, when he worked on the radio with the news and weather broadcasts. In 1972 Huckabee was elected as a Governor of Arkansas Boys State and is a Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Alumnus. Also he became a student council president at the Hope High School in 1973. He has been graduated as magna cum laude at Ouachita Baptist University, completing his bachelor's degree in Religion in 2Ѕ years before starting to attend Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. After one year he has given up the seminary in order to have a job in Christian broadcasting. He has two honorary doctoral degrees: in 1991 John Brown University graduated him a Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Ouachita Baptist University graduated him a Doctor of Laws degree in 1992.

Huckabee is known as an American nation leader, who has brought to life numerous accomplishments. For such a rich activity he have been honored by several renowned publications and organizations. Such periodicals as Time and Governing Magazines honored Huckabee as one of the five best governors in America, honoring him with 'Public Officials of the Year' nomination and with the American Association of Retired Person's Impact Award. His numerous commitments to music education weren't left unnoticed giving him he Music for Life Award by the National Association of Music Merchants.

In July 1996 Huckabee became governor after his predecessor resigned, becoming one of the youngest governors of the country. Huckabee was elected for a full four-year term to be a governor in 1998, wining the largest percentage of the votes among the all Republican nominee in Arkansas, and was re-elected for the second four-year term in November 2002. Huckabee's firstly served as lieutenant governor in a 1993 special election and was elected for a full four-year term in 1994, becoming the fourth Republican elected to statewide office since Reconstruction.

A large part of Huckabee's adult life was spent for being a pastor and denominational leadership. He is the youngest president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, known as the largest denomination in Arkansas.

Huckabee's was diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003 and his struggle with the health have received national attention. Barely two years later, he has taken participation in 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 Huckabee was titled as 'Southern Region Runner of the Year' by The Road Runners Club of America and 'Athlete of the Week' by USA Track & Field. Continuing to call for a national emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle, Huckabee published his 4th book, "Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife and Fork." Its a 12-stop program for managing one's health due to lifestyle change but not just a simple exercise plan and diet.

Huckabee, 52, plays a bass guitar in his rock-n-roll band, Capitol Offense, which has founded for such artists as the Charlie Daniels Band and Willie Nelson, and has played the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, the House of Blues in New Orleans, CO and for two presidential inauguration balls.